I changed the location of my axle from behind the dropped floor which is a leading arm installation. The first picture is of my old Henschen 1200 lb. rated axle when it was still on the frame. I had just removed the frame from the Scamp
I was surprised at the low load rating of the original axle. It was bent in the middle after someone must have jacked up under it. The outside tread of the tires
was wearing down faster than the middle. It did still have some movement so I used it for 10 outings last summer.
My new axle is a Flexiride with a 2000 pound load rating. I modified the frame to locate it under the dropped floor. The axle arms face towards the rear which is preferred by at least Dexter Axle as I read in discussions on this web site. It was a lot cutting, grinding, milling, drilling and welding to do this but I like it.
I really wanted the adjustability of the Flexiride axle. I'm using a starting angle of zero. I can lower the ride height a little by going to maximum of a 10 degree up starting angle according to the axle manufacturer.
It was important to me to be able to get my trailer into my garage through the 7-foot door opening and if I had to move the arms above 10 degrees up temporarily to do that I would. I am able to get the trailer in the garage at zero degrees by taking off the 13-inch tires
and putting on 8-inch tires
I have a lot of work to do on my trailer and it must be able to go into the garage. I just finished the installation of a 21 gallon grey water tank that Scamp
puts under their trailers. Their web site says it is 26 gallon but the manufacturer says it is 21. It was cheaper to buy it from Scamp.
The second picture is one view of my axle installed on the frame while I was installing angle irons to bolt the grey water tank to. The frame is upside down on a rotisserie that I had made for a 1979 Mercury Capri car project. I had the car body on this rotisserie.
The third picture is of a 2005 Scamp with a Dexter which I got ideas on how to mount my axle. I believe the Dexter axle that Scamp uses on the 13-foot trailers with the trailing arm configuration is 2200 pound rating with a 22.5 degree up start angle. I think I saw a past message by Floyd with those numbers. Someone, please correct me if I'm wrong.
It would be easier to mount a Dexter axle in the original location with leading arms. They did it for many, many years. I don't have time now to calculate what angle would give what height. It is simple trigonometry. The length of the Dexter axle arm is 6 inches from the center of the torsion bar to the center of the axle.
The same distance on a Flexiride is 4.5 inches which would move the axle back 1.5 inches and therefore the wheels would be off the center of the wheel arch on the body by 1.5 inches. It would look funny although one person has done it. I would use a Dexter in the leading arm location.
Because I relocated my axle underneath the dropped floor I was able to put the wheels in the same place where they were previously. I located them where they would be if the old axle was at zero degrees.
I need to add pictures of how I installed the new axle to a previous discussion on the Flexiride axle I was involved in but it is camping season and I need to get ready for the Scrambled Eggs meet in Mission, BC this weekend. I've been camping the last two weekends and then worked on getting the grey water tank installed in between plus the usual stuff that life requires.
I'll try to take some quick pictures to show the location of the axle now with the body on when I put the 13-inch tires back on tomorrow.
Here's a link to the the previous discussion on the Flexiride axle:
Anyone have experience with Flexride axles?