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Old 04-26-2011, 08:44 PM   #15
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I'm going with the 5200# axles, 12"/6 lug drums
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:54 PM   #16
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Hey Andy, are you suggesting I can adjust the current axles?
Nope, since it can't be done.

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I'm pretty sure that me means replace with a higher rated axle to carry more weight than the original. If you are nice he might tell you what the min and max ratings are for your particular trailer.
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:11 PM   #18
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OK. I figured that it had a 2850 dry weight, and that we couldn't pack enough stuff to overload a 5200# axle, but I wonder what Andy would say? I've been going to Barstad and Donicht in San Leandro, I've been really happy with the quality of their work in the past.
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I have a 74 31' Excella. If I remember correctly Andy told me orig. was 4000, max 4400. So I went with the 4400.
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We suggest you alter the ratings of the original axles, for more pay load, and greater ground clearance. Some place can't help you with that.

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Right on Andy.

Check the tag on your original axles. The original axles on our '83 were rated at 2,800 lbs. The trailer, from the factory new, empty, no water, food, nothing, weighed about 5,400 lbs.

We went to 3.500 lb, 32 degree axles. Yes, the trailer sits higher than it would with standard axles, bit I can pull into driveways, gas stations, etc. with no problem, and have an additional 2-3" clearance going down the road. Not a bad thing.

Yes, it sits higher, but isn't that why it has that nice folding step?
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OKAY, now I get it: higher rating, sitting higher etc. Thats fine, we can still leap the distance from the ground through the open door. I just don't want any more sheared rivets... makes me wonder what else is going on.
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:26 PM   #22
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It's like death and taxes. On a Vintage trailer it's inevitable. You may get away from it while you fix the fridge, furnace and a dozen other things but eventually...
I found out what that second step was for after putting in new ones.
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I learned years ago, renovating a house, start with the foundation. In this case with the trailer, the axle. i've already replaced all of the plywood flooring.
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