New axle for 1989 16' Casita - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-04-2019, 10:02 AM   #1
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New axle for 1989 16' Casita

Would I have to purchase a new axle from Casita or could a local shop take care of installing an appropriate axle to fit?
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Old 10-04-2019, 11:06 AM   #2
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We had to replace a bent axle on our 2009 FD when it was about 2 years old. Fortunately it was covered by insurance. An area RV body shop that had already completed tge fiberglass repair did the replacement, ordering the axle directly from Dexter, as I recall. It took them 3 tries to get the right axle (high lift). We also have a trailer repair place in the area that replaced the axle on my utility trailer.

These are north and south of Seattle. There may be similar shops in your area.
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Old 10-04-2019, 11:07 AM   #3
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Those Dexter Torque-Flex 3,500# axles are available at thousands of dealers all over the country. Pretty much most shops that sell and service trailers would be able to put a new axle under your trailer. Axle replacements are quite common. As a suggestion, I would look first at a dealer who sells horse and work type trailers rather than an "RV shop." You'd probably get a better installation and it would probably also be cheaper. Just my 2 cents.
For your Casita you'll want these specs:

65.5" hub face to hub face, (the outermost points of the wheel brake drums from one side to the other.)
51" outside to outside bracket spacing, (where the brackets actually attach the axle to the bottom of the trailer frame.)
5 on 4.5" bolt pattern, (5 lug nuts on a 4.5" lug spacing pattern for your current wheels.)
Electric brakes
Camber
EZ-Lube bearing hubs
High Rise axle, with the torsion arms set at 10 degrees down angle
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Old 10-05-2019, 06:41 PM   #4
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That was really great advise!
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