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Old 02-20-2008, 07:30 PM   #1
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Well I finally got my new axle installed in my '81 Scamp.

I have always liked the lower riding Scamps, which is what mine is / was. As they changed the axle hight in 1990. Now the camper sits higher like the newer models.. Is it suppose to be that way?

I know the newer scamps sit higher than the older ones. But I don't know if this is what they were all like when new and gravity has taken its toll after time on all of them or what? I did specify on the phone when ordering that I needed the older type style.

Anyways, I was just a little curious if anyone had their two cents on the whole deal. But even if I found something out its not like I am going to change it, as it was a task installing the new one.. haha.
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Old 02-20-2008, 07:36 PM   #2
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Was a spring pack change does as well? Quite often newly installed springs can take a fair time to "settle" to a more reasonable height.
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Old 02-20-2008, 09:44 PM   #3
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Just the torsion axle from Scamp was installed to if that clears it up ... Thanks for the response!
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Old 02-20-2008, 09:45 PM   #4
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Hello, I too just installed a new axle on my 1980 13'er today. I sometimes really appreciate what I do for a living ( weld ) because the axle swap only took a little over an hour.
I decided to reinstalll the axle in the same direction, as a leading axle. It sure made quite the difference in height. It wasn't as bad as I thought. Next is the rear plywood floor replacement, then paint, and the sagging door, then the exterior. I figure with one bite at a time, Maybe I'll finish in the next ten years!!!!!! Here are some pics.
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Old 02-20-2008, 09:59 PM   #5
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Thanks for the pics, mine looks just like yours does.

Don't worry, the whole project won't take as long as you think. I have done everything you are planning to do, as with mine the axle was the last of them. I am now finished just 1 year later. Enjoy it while it lasts, its the most fun you'll ever have working on something.... haha.

To fix the door I had to buy new hinges then re drill new holes in the door to get it to line up right. Thankfully I painted it afterwords, so no problem with the holes. Just a little bondo and your good to go!

Painting is a task, just take your time. The longer you prep, the better it looks, I got a little ancy with mine and now have to do some fiberglass work then repaint the top shell..

Anywho... Just have fun...

Thanks for your two cents... !
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Old 02-20-2008, 10:46 PM   #6
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Isaac,

Where did you get your axle?
I'm getting ready to replace mine on our 81 13' Scamp and I see Scamp wants about $470 with brakes and you can get a Dexter #9 with brakes out here for around $300. Is there anything you need to know to order one?
I wish I could weld, having a rough time getting anyone to return my calls about installing the axle here in Phoenix.
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Old 02-21-2008, 01:08 AM   #7
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Where did you get your axle?
I'm getting ready to replace mine on our 81 13' Scamp and I see Scamp wants about $470 with brakes and you can get a Dexter #9 with brakes out here for around $300. Is there anything you need to know to order one?
I wish I could weld, having a rough time getting anyone to return my calls about installing the axle here in Phoenix.

I bought it at redneck trailer supply in Supher Springs, Tx. I think it only cost about $160something. No brakes, just hubs.
Make sure to have the hub face dimensions and I ordered mine as a 2000lb.with a 22 1/2 degree down angle, and I think it is 63 or 63 1/2 hub face. Also, make sure to
use the high profile brackets. Explain to them that the brackets need to be with the flat plate on the outside. The bracket measurement I think is 49 1/2 O.D.
Please note... These are only rough measurements that i remember. As far as a welder, I only know of one name out there, Scotty Peruccio but i think he is a pipeline guy.
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Old 02-21-2008, 07:47 AM   #8
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I was told by Dexter axle NOT in stall the torsion axle in the leading arm position . Because the axle is made to be a trailing arm setup . Did you get them to make a special axle for you? I have to replace mine in the spring also (1983 13' Scamp) I would also suggest a few more welds on that bracket to the frame, if it were mine. Unless you bolted it to the frame also you should be ok.
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:37 AM   #9
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I was told by Dexter axle NOT in stall the torsion axle in the leading arm position . Because the axle is made to be a trailing arm setup . Did you get them to make a special axle for you? I have to replace mine in the spring also (1983 13' Scamp) I would also suggest a few more welds on that bracket to the frame, if it were mine. Unless you bolted it to the frame also you should be ok.

Well, that's a good question, When I talked to the guy, he said that they sold their axles to casita some time back, so he was familiar with what I needed. Of course, I didn't tell him it was a leading axle though. As far as a special axle needed for leading arm setup, I guess I'll have to call and ask. Maybe it's just hype.. (hopefully). And yes I was able to weld much more than it looks.
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This is what I was told. Dexter used to make axles with leading arms and trailing arms. Swapping sides affects the alignment of the wheels and tires. They have recently decided to manufacture only trailing arms and current trailers are built to use trailing arms only.
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Finally got the Dexter location that installs here in Phoenix to call me and I am going to bring the Scamp in so they can get an exact estimate to replace with the Dexter #9 Torflex with 7" brakes. When I get that pricing I'll post it for a reference. They said it would be 2-4 weeks to receive the axle from Dexter after they order it.
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Finally got the Dexter location that installs here in Phoenix to call me and I am going to bring the Scamp in so they can get an exact estimate to replace with the Dexter #9 Torflex with 7" brakes. When I get that pricing I'll post it for a reference. They said it would be 2-4 weeks to receive the axle from Dexter after they order it.
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Did you ever get the pricing?
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Did you ever get the pricing?
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I got the estimate for $395 for the axle with 7" brakes, delivered to the shop and they are estimating $150-200 for cutting off the old one and welding the new one. They are installing the bolt on brackets so the next swap can be done by a non-welding dummy like me... When they examined it and took the measurements, etc. I think he said they order it with a 15 up angle. I asked why it was up and not down and he said the way it is installed is flipped. We'll see when they get it, I guess they know what they're doing. Good thing is, if they aren't right it's their issue.
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I got the estimate for $395 for the axle with 7" brakes, delivered to the shop and they are estimating $150-200 for cutting off the old one and welding the new one. ... I think he said they order it with a 15 up angle. I asked why it was up and not down and he said the way it is installed is flipped.
Thanks Greg.

I'm interested in the actual up angle since Dexter makes a 10 and 22.5 degree up. Is it possible it might be another brand?
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