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Old 02-28-2011, 12:59 AM   #1
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Question Wheel flex

Just did the shakedown cruise with our new 2011 Flight 24RKS, and all seemed to go well. The wife and son drove to the campsite and set up everything on Wednesday, so all was ready when I arrived that evening. The only concern they had was that the front wheel on the right side of the trailer appeared to be twisting when my wife was angling the trailer into the campsite. By twisting, I mean that it appeared that the wheel was no longer straight in line with the other wheel on the same side. Once she backed it into the campsite, it looked fine. I checked as much as I could when I arrived; I inspected the welds where wheel meets axle, confirmed that the lug nuts were torqued to at least 40, and jacked up that side in order to check for wiggle in the wheel. Everything seemed fine. I plan to have the dealer look it over when I take it in to have the bathroom door replaced (it was damaged when we purchased it), but would appreciate any thoughts on the matter. Optical illusion? Not uncommon in new trailers? Deadly peril? Thanks, all!
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:04 AM   #2
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When backing up or pulling forward around tight corners, the 4 wheel axle system twists. And depending on ground slope, they can dramatically twist (while in a tight geometry). This happens on any double and triple axle systems - like TTs, 5ers, Utility Trailers, etc. If worried about too much suspension twist, make corners in a larger area.

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Old 02-28-2011, 06:02 AM   #3
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This sounds normal to me while going around tight corners frontwards or backwards.
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:08 AM   #4
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Perfectly normal. It was a surprise to me too with my first tandem axle trailer.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:21 AM   #5
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Yea... I agree with the guys here... The front tires of even my Eagle do the same thing. Pulling the rubber one way or another.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:59 AM   #6
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Mine do that too. I believe it's normal.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:05 AM   #7
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Thats just normal flex in the wheels / suspension.
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It is a normal thing esp on the torsion axles. A few years ago I was sideswiped by someone in lala land.. when I took the trailer in for appraisal for the damage I turned hard to the damaged side and when walking around with the inspector pointed to the out of shape alignment and worried about that... got extra $$$ from the ins over it... OK not nice but they shaft on every point they can...
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This tt was our first with two axles. It did look weird when we first saw the same thing and initially threw us for a loop. Just as we were scratching our heads about it, another tt came backing in next door to us and their wheels did the same thing.
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Just did the shakedown cruise with our new 2011 Flight 24RKS, and all seemed to go well. The wife and son drove to the campsite and set up everything on Wednesday, so all was ready when I arrived that evening. The only concern they had was that the front wheel on the right side of the trailer appeared to be twisting when my wife was angling the trailer into the campsite. By twisting, I mean that it appeared that the wheel was no longer straight in line with the other wheel on the same side. Once she backed it into the campsite, it looked fine. I checked as much as I could when I arrived; I inspected the welds where wheel meets axle, confirmed that the lug nuts were torqued to at least 40, and jacked up that side in order to check for wiggle in the wheel. Everything seemed fine. I plan to have the dealer look it over when I take it in to have the bathroom door replaced (it was damaged when we purchased it), but would appreciate any thoughts on the matter. Optical illusion? Not uncommon in new trailers? Deadly peril? Thanks, all!
I don'tknow if this applies to your situation, but.... The white steel wheels that come on most TT these days are merely steel wheels that have the triangular holes punched out. They do have a tendency to warp and twist. Over time the paint will flake off where the twists occur. This eventually leads to rusting where the paint is gone. That is why I ordered my new TT with aluminum wheels.

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