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Old 11-12-2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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Axle inspection in Massachusetts?

Is there a place in Massachusetts that I can take my camper(1978 Trillium
4500) to have my axle,frame,tongue ect inspected and repaired if necessary... I love my new camper. However, I want to make sure my
trailer is up to par. I am in Natick which is halfway between Boston and
Worcester. Thanks Randy
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Old 11-14-2010, 01:26 AM   #2
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Any trailer shop should do for the frame and axle. The fact that you have a camper on it, makes little difference. Just make sure they are familiar with Dexter Torsion Axles.
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Any trailer shop should do for the frame and axle. The fact that you have a camper on it, makes little difference. Just make sure they are familiar with Dexter Torsion Axles.
Is this a Dexter Torsion Axle?
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The rust isnt as bad as it looks. I can easily use a wire brush and repaint it.
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Is this a Dexter Torsion Axle?
Yes, a Torsion axle... maybe a Dexter or could be an Al-Ko
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Wow!
All those pics really show the results of weight and torsion on the axles.
You can really see the positive camber on the axle tubes and the negative camber on the spindles. Unless this is an abberation from the camera and/or lens, I'm thinking it's time for a new axle.
http://www.desertrides.com/reference...rms/camber.gif

I'm wondering if this is the problem the Scamp groups are experiencing with tire wear?

Is there a sticker or name anywhere on the axle that might give a clue as to the manufacturer?

If not, somebody at Dexter might be able to tell from the pictures of the mounting brackets.
Current model Dexters have an attachment at both sides of the bracket to the tube on their current models. Look at the high profile bracket diagrams here:
http://dexteraxle.com/i/u/1080235/f/...nformation.pdf
They don't look the same as yours.
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Gumpit,

I'd like to correct my initial comment. Just make sure the trailer shop is familiar with torsion axles. Dexter or otherwise. The design and principles are similar between brands.

Here are Dexter dealers in MA. They might be able to recommend a shop that is close. TrilliumRV has the replacement axle specs listed on their site. They suggest Dexter yet call the axle a Rubber Ride which might be a slip on the Ingersoll Rub-R-Ride (or similar named) axle that I've seen posted in a number of places.
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I couldn't see a sticker anywhere on the axle. I thank you for the information. I hope at least one of the places is still in business. One site was advertising the new catalog "2006". I hope they do the work as well as the sale. I would love to drop it off and have a new axle installed so I don't have to worry for a while when I get it all back together. It does seem to go down the road well though,so I can at least drive it to where it needs to go to be repaired. Randy
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For the extra few $$ get the "bolt on" brackets. They are an extra "L" shaped bracket that gets welded onto the frame when the axle is bolted to it. Next time all one has to do is order the same axle and bolt it on. No welding. If only all the trailer manufacturers did this in the beginning.
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What is that I see stuck up in between the torsion arm and the frame on your pictures P1010052.JPG and P1010055.JPG ?
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I think it is just a piece of the insulation that sits on top of the frame between the frame and fiberglass. I hope to be able to get this all done with one stop shopping. If I have to buy the components and take it elsewhere to get welded. I certainly will get everything to make it easier the next time. How long do these axles usually last? Is there a "heavy duty" or superior one to get that lasts any longer? Or do you just buy the one for the recommended weight so it rides well? Thanks Randy
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I forget what the Trillium site says. You want to cover the weight of your trailer with tanks filled plus regular camping gear and a few hundred extra pounds.
I know I put a # 10 on mine, I can look up the specs, but I want to say 2500 Lbs.

I remeber talking to a Dexter engineer who said seeing as we typically tow our trailers near full capacity, going the few hundred extra pounds will not affect ride. He was comparing our trailers to a utility trailer that experiences a wider range of weights. Too heavy an axle on an empty light trailer will give a rough ride because the rubber never gets a chance to work.
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I will try calling the sites tomorrow to see if they do the install as well as sell the axle. Are there any parts from the old axle I can use or do I need to order all new parts? Randy
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It is cost effective to buy everything new preassembled, bearing in mind the cost of labour swapping from old to new. Ask the people doing the job to make sure.
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