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Old 08-21-2015, 10:56 AM   #1
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axle trouble 2011 24fbs

We really like our trailer, but we are having some trouble with the rear axle. We bought the trailer in 2013 as a left over, got a great price on the it.
Our first long trip with it was the spring of 2014, after about 6,000 miles
I noticed that the rear left tire was wearing bad on the inside of the tire. I put the spare tire on and continued on with our trip. I kept an eye on the tire, still
wearing bad on the left rear tire.
When we got back, we took the trailer to Tampa RV. They were great to work with as was both Dexter axle and Jayco. We got a new axle and two new tires (way to go all the way around!). We started out this year hoping our trouble was behind us. Well it was not to be, at about 3,500 miles I noticed that the rear axle was wearing the right inside tire. Same axle, other side tire.
Any thoughts on what's going on? Going back to dealer on Monday to see what they can do. I don't feel that the trailer is over loaded, nor did we
bend the axle hitting pot holes etc. The trip we took this year we were watching everything going into the trailer. Anything heavy went into the trucks bed, not the camper. Ran with empty tanks and babied it on the road.

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Old 08-21-2015, 11:34 AM   #2
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Take the trailer to a CAT scale so you know it is not overloaded.

You can also look around for a specialist shop that will do alignments on trailer axles and have them look at it.

When weighing the trailer you might want to weigh each side separately as well to make sure it is balanced.


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Old 08-23-2015, 07:00 AM   #3
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Sounds like there's not much in the way of knowledge about trailer axles and their impact on tires out there. I'd like to know more about what might be going on.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advice.
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Old 08-23-2015, 08:05 AM   #4
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As Subaru297 stated, first thing is to find out what your actual weights are per tire and per axle. Then find out what your axle and tires are rated for. If you are within limits, then something is not right with alignment. Make sure tire pressure is right also for weight being carried. Lots of things to look for.

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Old 08-23-2015, 05:22 PM   #5
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Easy way to check alignment. Get a perfectly straight small board (2" will do) longer than the distance between the center point on each axle.Put a nail thru one end of the board and place it on the center point of the front axle and align the other end with the center point of the rear axle. Put a mark on the board where it centers over the rear axle. Do same on the other side and measure any difference. If the distance is over 1/8 to 3/8ths, you wll need to take it to a truck rebuild or alignment shop. Have had to have mine done twice. Price ranged from $125 to $200.

Not high tech but it works.
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