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Old 04-08-2016, 12:58 PM   #1
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Is this dent a problem?

I got under my 2016 FC 25' for the first time to really take a good look today, and noticed that the back axle seems to bow up in the middle, and the front axle has this dent in the middle (see picture). Is this a problem?
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Old 04-08-2016, 01:01 PM   #2
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Mine has that as well. I think it is part of the design.
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Old 04-08-2016, 01:18 PM   #3
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The axles are bent at the factory to align the wheels. The curve is a result. That said, the dent could also be the result of jacking up the trailer incorrectly. If your wheels seem to be aligned ok, it's not a worry




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Old 04-08-2016, 01:18 PM   #4
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That is how the axle's camber is set. Nothing wrong here.
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Old 04-09-2016, 12:02 PM   #5
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axel dents

Not a problem if you don't look there!
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Old 04-09-2016, 12:34 PM   #6
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I love these answers. ha.
As others have said, their's has it too. Mine is a 2016 and it is also there.
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Very interesting as my 1989 Excella doesn't have a dent in the middle of either axle. In fact, neither axle tube has any damage at all. I wonder if this apparently "new" technique in axle construction is an improvement or just a quicker way of "adjusting" the axle to required specs. I would think that a non-reinforced "dent" would be a weaker area as the metal has been stretched (unless it is a formed dimple). Just hope it doesn't become a future issue, any additional info on this would be appreciated. Good luck and travel safe.
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I got under my 2016 FC 25' for the first time to really take a good look today, and noticed that the back axle seems to bow up in the middle, and the front axle has this dent in the middle (see picture). Is this a problem?
This is the alignment process for torsion axles.

http://inlandrv.com/tours/axle-plant/5-aligner.jpg

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Old 04-10-2016, 09:06 AM   #10
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A dent in the middle of the axle has no bearing on strength. The load is carried at the frame where the axles are mounted.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:21 PM   #11
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ALL axles have an upward arch in the middle. This sets castor/camber to help pull straight without fish-tailing. Some people will "flip" the axles on leaf spring setups for more clearance. This puts the arch downwards and will cause your tires to wear prematurely.
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