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Old 08-26-2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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I thought my new axles were bent!!!

I had a new Dexter axle installed on Friday, drove it home (about 40 miles) and parked it. This afternoon, Monday, I crawled under the trailer to marvel at my new axle and found that it was bent! I'm ticked! The idiot that installed it evidently used the axle as a jack point.
I won't accept this, but my main question for now is it safe to tow? I have two trips planned in the next 4 weeks - one about 500 miles round trip and one about 200 miles round trip, all on Interstate highways and some well paved state routes. A replacement will take at least 4 weeks, more if I get into a p-ing match with the RV outfit that did the job (I'm not afraid of that) Is it safe? It certainly won't last 20 years safely will it?
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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I had a new Dexter axle installed on Friday, drove it home (about 40 miles) and parked it. This afternoon, Monday, I crawled under the trailer to marvel at my new axle and found that it was bent! I'm ticked! The idiot that installed it evidently used the axle as a jack point.
I won't accept this, but my main question for now is it safe to tow? I have two trips planned in the next 4 weeks - one about 500 miles round trip and one about 200 miles round trip, all on Interstate highways and some well paved state routes. A replacement will take at least 4 weeks, more if I get into a p-ing match with the RV outfit that did the job (I'm not afraid of that) Is it safe? It certainly won't last 20 years safely will it?
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Umm...they're supposed to be that way...
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:45 PM   #3
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I am not 100% sure about this , but I recall another thread on this same issue ... You might do a search on "bent axles" ... If I recall, that bend is supposed to be there.

Someone who actually knows, will surely chime in, so you might wait to fire the first volley till you know for certain
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If that bend is in the middle, that is how torsion axles are manufactured. The angle of the bend is selected to provide the proper camber.

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Old 08-26-2013, 07:53 PM   #5
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The Dexter axle I put on has a factory bend (center) in it.
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Bow not bend he is right it is bent and it looks as though it was done by a jack! The bow is spread over the length of the axle not left of center and I am sure he saw the bow before installation and knew that it did not look like that! Good luck on the service confrontation I usually lose my patients and the laws forcemeat arm get involved!
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Read about the bend here Trailer Axle information / how to
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The bend is not in the center, but about 1' off to the driver's side. If you look at the photo, you can see where a jack was placed under the axle and it bent the axle, and the steel is deformed.
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Without that bend, the wheels would have no camber. It's a design feature.
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The bend is not in the center, but about 1' off to the driver's side. If you look at the photo, you can see where a jack was placed under the axle and it bent the axle, and the steel is deformed.
That is definitely not right. I would think the tire on that side will wear bad.
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That doesn't look like a normal bend or what I would term a curve. That looks like a bend and a twist. The picture is dark but it certainly looks not like a curve but more like an abrupt bend.

You can probably get it fixed with an alignment if it is bent. We had our trailer aligned 2 years ago to correct a wear problem with a stock set of Henschen axles I installed when we first got our trailer.
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Well, this piqued my interest and I had to look at my own axles. While ours have a slight bend at the center they don't look like yours - that is not right, although I don't pretend to understand the implications, sorry.
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If it was in the center and both axles were the same then it is probably the factory bend. If it is off center, even if it was done at the factory, it is "NOT" correct. The bow is designed to allow for the flex in the axle when the weight is put on it. The amount of bow varies for the weight and the distance between the mount and the hub face (also varies by wheel offset). The heavier the axle, the less distance you can have between the mount and the hub face because that is leverage against the axle.
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I had a new Dexter axle installed on Friday, drove it home (about 40 miles) and parked it. This afternoon, Monday, I crawled under the trailer to marvel at my new axle and found that it was bent! I'm ticked! The idiot that installed it evidently used the axle as a jack point.
I won't accept this, but my main question for now is it safe to tow? I have two trips planned in the next 4 weeks - one about 500 miles round trip and one about 200 miles round trip, all on Interstate highways and some well paved state routes. A replacement will take at least 4 weeks, more if I get into a p-ing match with the RV outfit that did the job (I'm not afraid of that) Is it safe? It certainly won't last 20 years safely will it?
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Dexter axles are bent to align them.

That bend can be in the middle or to one side.

The only way you can check for damage, is to check the alignment.

There should be a small tow in and there should also be a slight camber, which means the top of the tire should stick out a little further than the bottom.

The toe in means that the front of the tires should be slightly pointed inward.

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