Okie dokie... I went over and spent about 45 minutes with the service manager at the trailer shop that is doing my axle
. I took all the posts and the dexter printouts and we discussed all the Scamp
The leading arm/trailing arm issue. It is a leading arm and Dexter only makes a trailing arm, so we called the Dexter dealer here in Phoenix and they called the Dexter installation guru's at the factory. It is fine to reverse the axle
and according to them it won't cause any problems. They understand on the older Scamps it does need to be reversed to fit properly on replacement. However, that is not an officially supported installation and Dexter will use that as a way to void the warranty.
My axle measurements they ordered were:
Hub face 63 1/2
Brackets 49 1/2
Up 10 degrees
When I mentioned everyone here was saying it should be 10 degrees down, he said that is not what was on my trailer when he took the measurements that it was definitely 10 degrees up. There was a 13 Scamp
on the lot that had come in that morning so we went and looked under it and he is right, it is an up angle.
Now if you want to really raise the trailer and maybe put some oversize tires
on it, then you can go with the down angle, but at least on these two original axle 13 Scamps it definitely is up. I store mine in our garage and need it to be an original replacement so I agreed with him that he got it right. We asked the Dexter dealer what he thought about the angle and he said he agreed on the 10 degree up as well for the old Scamp
I really have been pleased with the amount of time that Ray at KAR trailers has spent wet nursing me through this process. This is one area, that I don't want or have any background to tackle myself. I feel pretty confident after walking through everything with Ray today that I have some good trailer mechanics solving this and they gave me a very fair price. In four to six weeks the axle will be installed (having them put a 2" Bulldog coupler on too) and then off to find Yogi.
Hope this info helps everyone else that is looking at the axle replacement process.