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Old 09-03-2011, 07:46 PM   #1
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We have been expecting, now we are the pround parents of....

twins!

In the coming days I will document the differences between a single axle (SA) and a dual axle (DA) so that will be settled once and for all!

Eric and a friend went and picked the dual axle up today. The axles had to be flipped so our 4x4 could tow it.

My first observation is that the DA has much less storage. I'm going to have to thin out things!
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:01 PM   #2
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:28 PM   #3
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Twin! How exciting So, is this now his and hers camping rigs?
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You weren't satisfied with just the Twin BEDS you modified into the 1st Bigfoot.
Nooooo, you had to have Twin Trailers, one of which has Twin AXLES.

You 2 are quite a PAIR!

I know, paint 'em green and name them Double mint
Double mint.
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Congratulations on your new acquisition.

You said: "The axles had to be flipped so our 4x4 could tow it."

I don't understand what that means. Explanation please.
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:15 AM   #6
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Congrats on your most recent acquisition.
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Old 09-04-2011, 08:08 AM   #7
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flipping axles!!!

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Congratulations on your new acquisition.

You said: "The axles had to be flipped so our 4x4 could tow it."

I don't understand what that means. Explanation please.
I don't know how they did it, but my understanding of "flipping an axle" would be:

if you look at your axle, it will either be mounted on the bottom of the springs or on top of the springs, .....

this is mounted on the bottom:



this is mounted on the top:



if the axle is on top of the springs and you move it to the bottom of the springs then you gain a few inches in height on the trailer, which I think they would need to do cause a 4X4 would be slightly higher than a regular truck,..........


not a lot of work, but it would take some time, ..........Axles can be mounted eitherway, just depends on the hardware that holds it on
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Paul's pictures are one way to raise or lower a trailer by putting the axle above or below the springs. Our axles were already under the springs and the trailer was as low as in the picture.

Eric flipped our axles. The arms were up and now they are down. The axles already has spring perches on both sides so it was just a matter of undoing all the hardware and rotating the axles 180. The brakes have to be taken off and rotated so they remain right side up.

Pictures are of the trailer before the flip, one axle flipped so you can see the difference, and the trailer after the flip. It raised the trailer about 8".
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:55 PM   #9
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SA production date April 22, 1987
DA production date December 17, 1987

First observations;

They are made from two completely different molds. Before I saw them side by side I thought perhaps the tops were the same and the bottoms were different to accommodate either one or two axles but neither are the same. The SA top is much boxier then the DA, and the bottoms are very different. What an inefficient way to have produced trailers. Two totally different fifth wheel being produced at the same time.

Overall we like the interior of the SA better than the DA. It has approx. 10" more headroom which translates into a much roomier feel and more storage.

We like the softer rounder look of the DA exterior over the boxier SA.

I wish there was a way to morph them together! It was too hot today to get much done! I will post pictures of we accomplished later.
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