It's time to replace the axles on our '83 27' Excella. It sits very low, The wheels and tires are proper size and proper inflation. The tongue height is 2" below spec, axle arms are sitting at an up angle with the trailer unloaded and when the step in unfolded it is within 2" of the ground. The spec sheet shows 5,700 lbs empty with 570 lbs tongue weight. That's 5,130 lbs on the axles empty. It came with 2,800 lb axles, total 5,600 lbs axle capacity. With 50 gal fresh water, 20 gal each gray and black water, the trailer has been at the ragged edge. We don't usually tow with full tanks, but whe weight is the same, towing or parked.
We know from experience with our Caravel
that it is easy to add 700-800 pounds of equipment, food, supplies, tools, hoses and other hook-up stuff, appliences and assorted dodads to a 17' trailer. I would think that 1,000-1200 lbs would go into this trailer sight unseen.
Would you upgrade to 3,200 lb axles or go to 3,500 lb axles?
Would 3,500 lb axles make the ride too harsh and damage the trailer?
Your thoughts please.
Andy, how about you?