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Old 07-14-2004, 11:45 AM   #15
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Dexter does not recommend TorFlex axles be used in a three axle arrangement.
I assume Henschen could be used, since there are a lot of three axle Airstreams.
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Old 07-14-2004, 01:43 PM   #16
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OK I think I get the axle rating increase. According to Dexter for our trailer we can go w/3500lb TorFlex axle, but with full load, we might be needing the 6000lb axle. Our gross axle weight for the 6.7 Argosy Minuet is 3270. the Factory Axle weight is 2446 and the GVWR is 3800. I would worry about going to the 6000lb if the 3500lb was not up to the task. Did not ask about the regular Dexter axle, but realize it would require more nuts/bolts to make the changover. Thoughts???
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I don't know if this will ease your mind or not. With a trailer GVWR of 3800#, you are carrying about 450# of that weight on the tow vehicle, and you can subtract another 200# for the weight of the axle and wheels, which is part of the GVWR, but is not 'carried' by the axle. So the axle itself is only needing to carry about 3150# of the 3800# GVWR. Does this make sense?
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Don - Let me see here - factory axle weight is actual weight of axle? Gross axle weight is maximum of what it will carry minus tow vehicle? and GVWR is what trailer and tow vehicle should safely carry together? Have I got it? So if the Dexter dealer talked about a 3500# axle that would be the Gross axle weight?, which wouldn't be much different than what our DuroTorque is at 3270#.
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Yeah. I think if your gross axle weight rating is 3270#, and you don't plan to add a cement mixer, then a 3500# axle would be a much better choice than a 6000# axle. My point was that the difference between your axle rating and the GVWR is the hitch weight.
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