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Old 10-21-2006, 05:38 PM   #1
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What do I do?

My axles are bowed upwards so I'm assuming they need replacing. My question is....sice they are bowed somewhat, does that mean my frame is slightly closer together than when it was originaly made? It's a 74 31'. I'm planning on doing the job myself with a friend but I don't know if there is a bigger issue here. Also, can anyone reccomend a good place to get axles for a good value? Thanks everyone!

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Old 10-21-2006, 05:45 PM   #2
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Axles (axle tube) are normally bowed. Originally you had Henschen axles on your trailer. There is a good tutorial at about these axles. Go read.. Then do a search here (search on upper tool bar for axles). Original replacements are available as well as replacements made by other manufacturers. Fair warning... folks have strong opinions about what the best replacements are.

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Old 10-21-2006, 06:03 PM   #3
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Hold on a second Rama777!
Your axle beams or square tubes were bowed the day they were installed way back in 1971. I think you are speaking of the axle beams (between the frame rails) since you spoke of the frame spacing. This is the way that TOE IN is controlled after the trailer plus it's load is put on top of it.
Now, it IS possible you need new axles (looking at the age of your trailer) but there is a completely different way of ascertaining that.
Check this:
Look up the forums section on axles, and you can read non stop for days.
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