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Old 11-25-2006, 08:39 AM   #15
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Cerka is where I had my axle made for my Trillium 5500

Ask for Joe.

Good people to deal with.

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Did you get Cerka to install the axle?
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Old 11-25-2006, 07:03 PM   #16
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I've got a similar problem on my 2000 Scamp 16 side dinette. On the curb side tire, the outside wears faster than the inside, and on the street side tire, the inside wears faster than the outside. I attribute this to a very slight lean to the curb side that is probably caused by a larger load on the curb side of the trailer.

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Old 11-25-2006, 09:49 PM   #17
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Thanks to Northern Oregon Group we were able to see and talk to alot of fiber owners.
Dave and Sharon Tharp just bought a 2000 16 Scamp SD Deluxe in southern CA.
We spent 2 week driving home to the Palouse ( eastern WA.)
Love the little trailer. We do seem to have a small problem.
We had sever inside tire wear on the right rear tire (had to put on spare).
Does anyone know if the axles can be aligned.
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First off congratulations. Good to see you on the forum. Even better to hear about your new egg. This is the place for answers. I am at sea hauling barges of Lumber from WASH to Calif. I will check in with you when spring gets closer and may connect for a Red side or to on the Saint Joe.
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Old 11-26-2006, 10:25 AM   #18
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since my axle was a bolt on with leaf springs, I did it myself.
I can't remember if they offerred to do it or not.

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Old 11-26-2006, 11:54 AM   #19
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First off congratulations. Good to see you on the forum. Even better to hear about your new egg. This is the place for answers. I am at sea hauling barges of Lumber from WASH to Calif. I will check in with you when spring gets closer and may connect for a Red side or to on the Saint Joe.
Good Luck Taylor the Sailor
Taylor the St Joe is our home waters !
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Old 11-26-2006, 11:59 AM   #20
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I've got a similar problem on my 2000 Scamp 16 side dinette. On the curb side tire, the outside wears faster than the inside, and on the street side tire, the inside wears faster than the outside. I attribute this to a very slight lean to the curb side that is probably caused by a larger load on the curb side of the trailer.

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Dan Meyer have been able to do sometihing to fix the problem?
Love the Scamp but worry able the tires.
I like what Donna D Did new axle with 15 inch tires.
May have to get the info from her she was a big influnce in us buying a Scamp.
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Old 11-26-2006, 07:20 PM   #21
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Did I fix the problem with tire wear on my camper? Only sort of.

The problem was resolved by replacing the tires, and more closely watching tire pressure. Since the first set of tires lasted 5 years, I'm not going to get too worried about the $20 per year cost of a set of tires. I spend more than twice that much money on gas for one weekend camping!

The next time I buy tires, I'm buying at least one size larger - specifically I'll be buying ST185-80R13 load range C tires. This will give me an additional margin for uneven wheel loads, and under-inflated tires, and should not affect clearance in the wheel well enough to worry about.

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Old 11-26-2006, 07:25 PM   #22
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Dave and Sharon...one question...were the tires brand new when you bought the trailer? If not, it's possible you were running at least the one side under inflated.
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Old 11-27-2006, 10:16 AM   #23
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Low tire pressure could have been the problem. I have not been able to do much checking of the problem because we have had snow on the ground and it snowing now.
But I will
1) Install new tires (balanced)
2) Check for loose wheel bearings
3) try to check wheel alignment
4) check for any damage

Winter flyfishing lakes open Dec 1 and hope to do some traveling then if the snow is gone.

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Old 11-28-2006, 12:22 AM   #24
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Speaking of tire balancing, most trailer wheels are LUG-centric, whereas most automotive wheels are HUB-centric, so many tire places can't balance them properly because they don't have the lug-centric adapter for their balancing machine -- WalMart, for example, usually doesn't have the adapter (they know they can't balance the wheel, but they don't know why). Be sure the tire place knows the difference or you may wind up taking a properly balanced wheel and unbalancing it...

If the balance guy is using a tapered cone in the center hole, it's hub-centric; if he's putting studs thru the lug holes, it's lug-centric.

If your wheel's center hole fits very snugly around the hub shoulder, it's hub centric, but if there is a gap, it's lug-centric -- Doesn't seem like it should make much difference, but apparently the center holes can be less centered than one might expect.

BTW, six-lug Toyota wheels are also lug-centric and even some Toyota dealers don't know the difference; also Lexus uses lug-centric wheels.

I learned the above from a couple of Four-Wheel groups.

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Old 11-28-2006, 07:03 AM   #25
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I remember the days .....

It used to be that all wheels were balanced on the vehicle. This took into consideration the imbalances of the drum as well as the wheel and tire.
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Old 11-28-2006, 07:26 PM   #26
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I remember the days .....

It used to be that all wheels were balanced on the vehicle. This took into consideration the imbalances of the drum as well as the wheel and tire.
I remember this too, and it make some sense, but it means a re-balancing every time the tires are moved (such as for seasonal changes or tire rotations). I'm glad I don't have to balance eight tires a year for each car (4 summers each spring plus four snows each fall), and I think the current system works because current hub and brake hardware is well balanced, so it's primarily the wheel and tire which need to be corrected.

I don't know if current trailer hub/drums - or the two or three decade old stuff on many trailers - is so well balanced.

In any case, the method should still be valid, but I would not expect to find a shop with the hardware. I also don't know if the on-vehicle balancers did a full dynamic balance; they spin the wheel so they're a "dynamic" method, but they may be looking at only vertical oscillations (like a static "bubble" balancer, but by a different method).
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Old 11-28-2006, 07:30 PM   #27
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Hi Normand, No parle Francais, Excuse moi! But your English looks great. I see you're in Quebec. Maybe you can help. We bought a 1978 UNIK travel trailer. It was built in St. Jermone, Quebec. We haven't been able to find one other person on Earth who has one or has even heard of one! How about you? I'll send along some pics. The factory was on 50 rue La Flamme, St. Jerome, Quebec. La Flamme, huh, sounds like the factory maybe went up in a fire! Any information will be appreciated. Merci. Terry in Texas

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This is what says the manufacturer (Trillium) about axle replacement:

"Any good welding shop can cut the old axle off and weld the new one on. This is not a complicated job. [b]It can be accomplished in 1 to 1 ĺ hours, depending on the skill & equipment of the shop."

A total cost of 200$ for an 1 3/4 hour job would mean an hourly rate of 115$!

At 300$ you are paying 175$ an hour!!!!

Unless you ask for a lawyer-welder you should pay something between 60$ to 105 $ for installation. That means a generous 60$/hour rate.
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Old 11-29-2006, 08:32 AM   #28
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Hi Normand, No parle Francais, Excuse moi! But your English looks great. I see you're in Quebec. Maybe you can help. We bought a 1978 UNIK travel trailer. It was built in St. Jermone, Quebec. We haven't been able to find one other person on Earth who has one or has even heard of one!
Hi Terry

You will find right here http://www.lespac.com/search/index.php?PHP...R14=0&R17=0
3 full pages of Unik trailers for sale in Quebec right now some fiberglass some not. The factory seems to have disappeared but I will check if someone heard about it. There is even a 1977-18 feet model, recently repaint for 5,000 CDN$. Looks in very good shape. It is a fiberglass model who seems to be exactly like yours.

By the way, you have done a very good restauration job!
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