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Old 01-03-2015, 12:06 AM   #1
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Bent axle???

I finally took my '08 165BH to get some new rubber put on it. I've had it about a year now and just didnt trust the tires as I didn't know their history even though they had plenty of tread left, they were 6 years old. Anyway, When the tech pulled the tires off he called me in to the back to look at the axle. Its bent. BUT, it looks like a manufactured bend. The bend is pointed "UP". Its smooth and is bent exactly in the middle and a drain pipe runs directly beneath it with only a few inches at most of clearance. It looks to me like it is bent to allow for this pipe. I went to a local tire place not an RV dealer as nearest one is an hour away. No doubt about it, the thing is bent. Not much but it is definitely noticeable. My question is this, Is it supposed to be bent? Just looks to smooth and manufactured not to be. Has anybody else noticed this. Do I need to get this investigated further? Looking at taking it on about a 2000 mile round trip in April. Don't want no issues then.
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Old 01-03-2015, 12:20 AM   #2
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There should be an arch in the axle!! Did the tires have a fairly even tread pattern?? If the only issue was an arch or bow in the axle, you are most likely just fine. One tire showing excessive wear on one side or the other could indicate a bent axle.
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Tires had almost new tread on both of them. No uneven wear anywhere. Changed mainly because of their age. Dealer I bought it from personally knew the former owners and said they had rarely used it. Have no reason not to believe him. I guess an arch would be a better way to describe it. I know flatbed semi trailers have an arch built into the them to handle the load. I guess this is a similar concept??
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Old 01-03-2015, 05:34 AM   #4
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They are suppose to have an arch in them
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Thats called camber.
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Old 01-03-2015, 08:54 AM   #6
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My axles are the same way, no cause for alarm.
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Hammer, Linkbelt and Crabman share my view and experience. But you need to get comfortable with this before your trip. Have an expert on that axle look at it.
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Old 01-03-2015, 10:20 PM   #8
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Sounds good enough for me. I really looks manufactured so I'm good.
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:19 AM   #9
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Bent axles :(

I actually had both tires on the same axle blowout because the inside tread of both tires wore down to the belts. Couldn't even see the wear until you crawled underneath. I've seen posts from people saying that Jayco and Drexel know of the axle problem, because the axles were rated too low for the trailer. My dealer won't even give me the time of day and just says there is nothing we can do, you'll have to buy new axles!! I hate RV dealers!!!! Now I'm stuck and have to find some repair shop that can help me.

Anyone else have any thoughts?

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How old is your trailer? Have you contacted Jayco with your VIN#? You have a Drexel axle so have you contacted Drexel?
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