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Old 03-16-2011, 09:14 PM   #15
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Those of you that have done this...did you have to do any alignment or is there no adjustment? You bolt them in and go.
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Yes, there is a small amount of slop there. Put a wire loop around the jack to hook on a tape measure. Run back to the hub centers and measure the centers.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:15 PM   #16
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Those of you that have done this...did you have to do any alignment or is there no adjustment? You bolt them in and go.
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Bolt them in & go.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:27 PM   #17
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Great. I'll probably be calling you some this summer Colin.
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Alright, I already started soaking the nuts. The second picture shows I only jacked up the hub around 2 inches before it started lifting the trailer. Am I right it should have flexed around 4 or 5 inches? It has a 3000lb axle is there any reason to change that spec? Thanks, Don
The axle rating can be upgraded, within reason, depending on what you traveling game plan may be.

Also, the starting angle can be changed to help rigging to a high profile tow vehicle.

Do not reduce the brake size to 10 inches. Stay with the 12 inch brakes.

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Old 03-16-2011, 10:46 PM   #19
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:25 AM   #20
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I actually just picked up my axles last night! Bought them through Colin. I had to get 2, but they came completely assembled, strapped to a pallet. Just drove down to a local shipping terminal and they loaded them right up. The forklift guy asked what they were going on, and then I left about 30 minutes later He suggested a campsight that was off the beaten path hosted by a farmer that just likes people to come enjoy his spot by the river, but he doesn't put up with any mess! Meaning, he likes you to pack it in and pack it out, but enjoy yourself when you're there.

Anyway, the axles looked great. All powder coated and ready to go. Now I have to get the old ones off, Por 15 the frame, and bolt on new ones.
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Any comments on if I should go to a 3500 rated axle or stay with a 3000? After seeing all the mess in the interior after a 300 mile trip I needed to check the axle. Thanks for all feedback! Don
You should consider going with 3200 pound axle, with 12 inch brakes and at least a 32 degree starting angle.
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:35 PM   #22
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I put a 3500 lb Dexter axle on mine in 2004 and I've been very happy with it. There was some concern that it might be too stiff, but that hasn't been an issue.
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I put a 3500 lb Dexter axle on mine in 2004 and I've been very happy with it. There was some concern that it might be too stiff, but that hasn't been an issue.
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All torsion axles are too stiff.

And, all torsion axles are inadequate for the payload.

It all depends on the loading.

Each person, must determine, within reason, the total payload that will be imposed on the axle/axles.

In that way, a fair judgement call can be made as to the rating of a replacement axle/axles.

As an example, some owners insist on a full tank of water, others travel with no water aboard.

For that matter, full water should always be carried, as it lowers the center of gravity of the trailer, which helps it track better, and, in the event of a blown radiator hose, all you need is a little duct tape, and of course some of that water, that hopefully, is in the trailer.

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Andy and Colin, thanks for all the great information! Don
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Andy is a big fan of duct tape.
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Regardless what you choose for an X jack the trailer up enough to work comfortably and block it up fore and aft well. Good solid base, cribbing is worth the effort. Bottle jacks only can get real tippy. Once up and stable changng the X really is easy. Things can go bad quick if the axle is down and you need more height or start to loose a jack point.
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