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Old 04-25-2013, 04:58 PM   #1
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Tire wear, spring, axle problems on Travel Trailer Jay Flight 24FBS

Current problem is left rear tire showed wear on inside tread.
Axle on this tire was replaced about a year ago- Dexter axle was bent and under warranty

Pictures are current and show that springs are bent, especially for that tire.

Dealer contacted Dexter, who says its a spring problem and spring people say it was overloaded - it was not and was weighed by dealer and not even near weight max. So noboday accepts responsibility and dealer wants us to pay full charge for replacing 4 springs and equalizers.

Questions: Anybody else had dexter axle problems?
Do you think spring problem is related to previous axle problem?
What do you think this repair (4 springs and 2 equalizers) should cost?

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Old 04-25-2013, 06:08 PM   #2
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Are you the original owner? Is your travel trailer leveled properly when towing? I sure looks like excessive weight could have been distributed to a single axel.....
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:39 PM   #3
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Looking on e-trailer's website, the leafs are about $20 - $25 each, equalizers are around $10 each and then you need bolts and u-bolts. You are looking at about $250 for parts and shipping and then time in the driveway. The dealer is probably gonna ask upwards of $1k to do this as they will tell you it'll take 8 hours or so.

As for why this happened, I am not sure. With only 1 bent set of leafs, I would say that side was overloaded like you ran over an open ditch, curb or something that brought the other tire completely off the road.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:42 PM   #4
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Are you the original owner? Is your travel trailer leveled properly when towing? I sure looks like excessive weight could have been distributed to a single axel.....
yes, we are original owners. bought 4/2010. Don't think it is excessive weight to one side. When axle had to be replaced Nov. 2011, both rear tires were worn equally on inside and axle had been bent "up"- Dexter replaced axle and tires.
It weighs 5600 with our stuff and unit weighs 4900. We haven't done anything beyond what dealer did to level it upon purchase of it new.

Do you think the springs problem now could be related to the defective axle?
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:38 AM   #5
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The bent springs could be from the bent axle as it could have caused the springs to bind and weaken as the suspension cycled. If you can, go to a CAT scale and try to get a weight on each of the TT axles so you can see what weight each is carrying. Maybe there is too much weight carried on one axle and not the other.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:43 PM   #6
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thanks for the cost info. Could you explain a little more about running over ditch, curb and that bringing the other tire off the road? Do you mean that from then on the weight could have been shifted to one side because of running over something? We don't think that happened. They checked alignment and said it was fine. We just can not figure out how this happened, other than it having something to do with the original bent axle. We checked tire inflation often and made no major change in overall weight or in how distributed.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:55 PM   #7
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Did the original problem happen while still under the Jayco warrantee if so I would go to them for help. Larry
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:10 PM   #8
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What I mean it when taking a turn, the trailer wheels turn a much shorted radius therefore if not careful they trailer tires can go up over curbs and if crossing a culvert, could dip into it shifting all the weight to 1 axle and spring. Ever back it into a ditch even partially or over a cement block or something like that?

Something like this where the weight is on 1 axle?

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So we had new springs and new tires put on and then the serviceman told us that the wheels appear to tilt in at the top. He measured the camber, which is the degree to which wheel does tilt and the back ones were -.75 degrees and the front wheels were each -1.75 degrees. I have a call into Jayco about what the camber should be. anybody know?
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Welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear about your axle issues.
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