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Old 04-30-2011, 05:40 PM   #71
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But in English, will it work? I see some minor length differences, a half inch or so on my Boler would just about rub the outside wheel well.
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:55 PM   #72
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But if you bump up the rating too much it will ride like a solid axle (suspension too stiff). According to one website I saw, the standard axle Scamp is using right now is a 2200-pounder.
I've talked to the Dexter Engineers about this topic. Essentially, we do not run empty like a box trailer ... then fully loaded. We've carry a variable 4-500 LB load ... head for the top end of wieght or preferrably middle and we should ride the sweet end of the spectrum.

That is we are loading the trailer at the specs the axle is designed for. According to the engineer I spoke with, overrating your axle a few hundred pounds will not make a great difference in ride, yet may may give you a few extra years to ride within specs.
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:01 PM   #73
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But in English, will it work? I see some minor length differences, a half inch or so on my Boler would just about rub the outside wheel well.
Greg,
You have a boler American, the streetside wheelwell is inset (or outset depending on your point of view?) by about an inch to allow for the furnace. Check my axle swap post to understand what I'm talking about. Not everybody with a regular "boler" will see this.

Replacing an Axle - leading arm to trailing arm

Let me know if you need clarification.

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But I don't and never had the furnace. Maybe they were all built to hold a furnace, I don't know but I guess I should do some measuring.
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:29 AM   #75
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Bent Axel?

Hello,

I hope my question here is not going to hijack this thread, I just wasn't sure if it warranted a whole new thread, so here it is:

While inspecting the underside of my Trillium 1300 I noticed a very slight vertical bend in the metal bar that runs across the underside of the trailer between the two wheel mounts/axels. The bend is on the door side of the trailer. I examined it for an impact mark to see if it was bent due to hitting something, but from what I could see there was no scratches or dents in the metal and not even in the paint (the trailer sat indoor on blocks for about 25 years and had about 95% tread on the original tires). My questions are:

1. Is this normal?

2. If it is not normal what are the chances that it is causing the wheels to not be rotating "true"? I just towed the trailer for about 5,000 KMs to California and back and it doesn't seem to be wobbling or bouncing. Is there a test I can do?

The way the bar/axel has the bend I would expect it to cause the tire on that side to wear un-evenly due to the change in the pressure being appied between the gropund and tire, but this doesn't seem to be the case so I am hoping that it is normal or an adjustment made at the factory. Should i take this to an axel shop for inspection? I can post a photo if it helps the experts understand what it looks like. Thanks!

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Hi: Rodre... That bend, if it's the axle tube, is normal!!! That's what keeps the tires tracking true. It sets the camber of the tires otherwise they wouldn't wear evenly!!!
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Hi: Rodre... That bend, if it's the axle tube, is normal!!! That's what keeps the tires tracking true. It sets the camber of the tires otherwise they wouldn't wear evenly!!!
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Is the bend normally not centered? The bend in mine is way on the door side of the trailer.

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Mine is in the center.
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Mine is in the center.
Hi Greg,

Are you rolling a Boler or a Trillium? Can any late 70's Trillium owners state the postion of the factory bend in their axel? Cheers!

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Hi Greg,

Are you rolling a Boler or a Trillium? Can any late 70's Trillium owners state the postion of the factory bend in their axel? Cheers!

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Hey Rod, I wasn't paying attention, I have a Boler American.
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Hi, Rodre,

It'd help us a lot if you could post a picture of the curve you describe!
Meanwhile,there are some pictures of a '78 Trillium 4500 axle at Axle inspection in Massachusetts?

P.S. to whoever's out there:

Am I the only person that finds this site REALLY HARD to search?????
I only found that thread because I remembered having bookmarked it in my history...

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Hi, Rodre,

It'd help us a lot if you could post a picture of the curve you describe!
Meanwhile,there are some pictures of a '78 Trillium 4500 axle at Axle inspection in Massachusetts?

P.S. to whoever's out there:

Am I the only person that finds this site REALLY HARD to search?????
I only found that thread because I remembered having bookmarked it in my history...

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Hi, Thanks for the link. Yes, I will have to post a pic of the curve. I can see the slight curve in the middle of the axel in those pics. The curve in mine looks the same, except that it is closer to the frame on the door side of the trailer and doesn't have one in the middle. This is strange, I may have to visit an axel shop. Anyone know a good one in the Vancouver Lower Mainland area?

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The "Escape" is from Trillium molds and I think they use and replace similar Dexter axles...
They're in Chilliwack at
43851 Industrial Way, Building B
Chilliwack, BC, V2R-4L2
Here's their website: Escape Trailer Industries > Home

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The "Escape" is from Trillium molds and I think they use and replace similar Dexter axles...
They're in Chilliwack at
43851 Industrial Way, Building B
Chilliwack, BC, V2R-4L2
Here's their website: Escape Trailer Industries > Home

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Francesca is *very* correct Escape would be the place of choose by many in the lower mainland. :-)
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