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Old 09-23-2007, 06:27 PM   #1
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Wheel comes off ground or lack of axle movement

Did not really know what to title this thread but the wheel does come off the ground. What I am referring to is that when I back my trailer into my driveway, one of the wheels (25 ft dual axle) comes off the gound. I have a fairly significant dip at the end of my driveway. Driveway goes down hill and the dip is right at the end where it meets the road. I have to make a pretty tight turn, backing into the driveway and this turn in conjuction with the dip causes some wheel lifting and axle gyrations. I go slow, but just wanted to make sure I am not putting such undo stress on the suspension etc. that will cause problems. Any thoughts will be appreciated.
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Old 09-23-2007, 06:44 PM   #2
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Hi there, I never noticed that the front axel wheels do go off the ground too, however..I just replaced both tiresb and wheels and was thinking perhas that the new lbs. (65 vs. 45) might have made the difference...I notice this when going over dips and such, speed is not the issue...what say all?
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Old 09-23-2007, 06:46 PM   #3
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Did not really know what to title this thread but the wheel does come off the ground. What I am referring to is that when I back my trailer into my driveway, one of the wheels (25 ft dual axle) comes off the gound. I have a fairly significant dip at the end of my driveway. Driveway goes down hill and the dip is right at the end where it meets the road. I have to make a pretty tight turn, backing into the driveway and this turn in conjuction with the dip causes some wheel lifting and axle gyrations. I go slow, but just wanted to make sure I am not putting such undo stress on the suspension etc. that will cause problems. Any thoughts will be appreciated.
That's fine.
That's also another reason Airstream specifies 2600lb capacity wheels for their trailers. Wheels come off the ground more often than we realize. Just about every driveway, gas station entrance, drainage dip, etc, unloads partially or completely at least one of the wheels on our dual axle trailers.
No worries, just take it slow. Wheels coming off the ground, and tight turns, are often accompanied by creaking and groaning noises...all normal.
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Old 09-23-2007, 07:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for the wisdom! NICE TO KNOW!
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Putting one wheel at a different level (wheel ramp) is a valid way of changing tires! See http://www.airforums.com/forums/f457...amp-35996.html. When given pineapples, make mai tais!
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Hi there, I never noticed that the front axel wheels do go off the ground too, however..I just replaced both tiresb and wheels and was thinking perhas that the new lbs. (65 vs. 45) might have made the difference...I notice this when going over dips and such, speed is not the issue...what say all?
Can you elaborate on this a bit?
I am assuning you're talking tire pressure?
Is your trailer dual axle? If so, did you replace all tires and wheels, or just two? Or did you mean both tires and wheels as a whole? Confused....as usual.
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Sorry, yes I replaced al for wheels and tires w/ aluminum wheels and a nice light truck tire rated at 65 psi. tThis is when I noticed the lifting. The original wheels and older tires were on my 66' overlander
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The only time you would have a problem is if the bumper drags. If it does, stop immediately, and reposition your rig before trying again.
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I notice when I pull out of the driveway onto the street that the front tires are off of the ground untill the rears come off of the driveway. It is no big deal. I sometimes will hit the brakes when the wheel is off the ground, just to watch it stop.
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I sometimes will hit the brakes when the wheel is off the ground, just to watch it stop.
I guess that's one way to verify your brakes are working.
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Old 09-24-2007, 07:16 AM   #12
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Appreciate the replies. Sounds like nothing major to worry about. My driveway is similar to the picture of axflycaster's picture, only mine is quite a bit steeper. Thanks again for the responses.

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