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Old 04-15-2011, 11:38 AM   #29
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Can you post the "Dexter Manual" you refer to?
It remains unclear (to me, and perhaps other visitors to the site) what if any maintenance should be performed on the axle, whether the torsion suspension is an integral part thereof, and what performance characteristics are an indication that the suspension of the trailer needs attention.
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Francesca I dont have the Dexter manual but I do know my Scamp manual does as has been suggested state that pressure needs to be relieved from the axle when the trailer is in storage for long periods for the reasons that where explained.
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:40 PM   #30
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I just now went to Dexter's website to the frequently ask questions section. There was nothing posted about the expected lifetime of a torflex axle but there was an e-mail link to ask questions. I used that to send the following questions:


"Hello,

How can I tell if a torqflex axle is worn out and/or needs to be replaced. Specifically I am concerned about an older axle and wondering about the elasticity or “spring” of the rubber components. How many years is it reasonable to expect it to last before an axle should be replaced?

Thanks,"

I will post any response that I receive.

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Old 04-15-2011, 04:51 PM   #31
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All this axle info is excellent. Or might I say, axle-lent?
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:28 PM   #32
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My only advice is to get brakes. Cheaper and easier to get now when you replace the axle.
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:03 PM   #33
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Reference my above post, here is the official response copied and pasted from the e-mail I received from Dexter:

"There is no set time limit on the axle. As long as the axle has not been
overloaded and has been maintained it should last the life of the trailer.
Inside tire wear would be an indicator that the axle might need replaced."

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Old 04-18-2011, 01:57 PM   #34
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Yeah...the lifetime of a "regular" trailer not a fiberglass trailer.

The rubber does age and harden. Many of us here have had axles with no flex left in them. I wonder if Dexter should have replaced all of them since the email said they "should last the lifetime of the trailer"? haha!
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Liz I suspect your right but I also think the key words are "has been maintained".

Few of us actually jack up our trailers when not in use which is what Dexter says we should do so they would just say we have not properly maintained the axle.
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:36 PM   #36
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What is there to maintain? The wheel bearings, that's all. The spindle should always be good as long as you take care of the bearings, what's left?
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About the only other thing I can think of other than proper bearing maintance to keep the spindle fine is the need to taking the pressure off the axle when storing the trailer to stop the rubber from being under constant pressure.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:24 PM   #38
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The rubber is going to harden due to time no matter how it is maintained. I'm sure that keeping pressure off of it will help, but they will go bad. I'm sure my '84 Scamp does not have the same ride that it did when it was new. It's a bit bouncy, even with the tires down to the proper 15-20 PSI. If we keep this trailer long, I will put an axle on it -- with brakes! I'm just worried about what the local shops will charge. Everything costs twice as much around here. Except gas, fortunately... it's only $3.89 a gallon.
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According to the Dexter Service Manual there is no maintenance for Torqflex Axles. It's in .pdf so I can't cut and paste it.
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According to the Dexter Service Manual there is no maintenance for Torqflex Axles. It's in .pdf so I can't cut and paste it.
Lizbeth,

Any chance you could e-mail me the Service Manual .pdf if I P.M. you my address? Since Dexter seems to be saying that there IS no service to be performed, I'm sure curious to read the (no?) Service Manual!

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Dexter "Complete Service Manual" page 68;
http://dexteraxle.com/i/u/1080235/f/...anual_3-11.pdf

Dexter Torflex Application .pdf;
http://i.b5z.net/i/u/1080235/f/Trail...tion_12-10.pdf
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There may be no service to the axle itself, but the bearings need to be maintained and maybe even the seals on the hub if they exist.
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