Originally Posted by hopakco
So the axles are less than 10ys old but my guess is that the trailer has been sitting most of that time. How would this effect the rubber and what are my chances of making a 1300 mile trip without mishap? ( Planning on new tires).
Rubber, must be exercised to stay flexible.
If it is not used for years, be it in a torsion axle, or a floor mat, the rubber will solidify.
Once the rubber becomes hard, it no longer performs as it was designed to do.
When the rubber solidifies in a torsion axle, it's similiar to putting solid fork lift tires on the trailer.
At this point, some axles are being replaced because of lack of use, in the 2000 and up trailers.
Jack up one side of the trailer and see how much the tire drops.
They should drop 3 to 3 1/2 inches, if the rubber is good.