Replacing the Axle on a 13' Scamp (Bolt On??) - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-29-2011, 10:24 AM   #1
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Replacing the Axle on a 13' Scamp (Bolt On??)

Hi all, I think we need to replace the axle on our 1983 13' Scamp. It sort of leans to one side and seems to sit a bit low. I do not have a welder and do not want to pull the egg off the frame (not sure if this is even needed). I know Scamp welded on the axles, but it seems that it is not uncommon on other trailers (and for cars for that matter) to bolt on the axle. Has anyone just cut off the old axle and bolted on a replacement? If so was it a lot of work or just a matter of drilling some holes and bolting it on.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:48 AM   #2
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Dexter axle http://dexteraxle.com/i/u/1080235/f/..._Lbs_12-10.pdf
Need to weld the bracket to trailer then bolt axle to bracket.

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Old 03-29-2011, 12:38 PM   #3
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Thanks for the great info Kevin. Although this has sort of been hanging there in the back of my head as something I should do, I have put it off as it is something I have to setup with a trailer place. I talked with one this morning and they will swap the axles for me but mentioned they are usually bolted on. Also for the shortest turn around they recommended I come with the correct axle, which I sort of assumed would just be the one I could order from Scamp. Anyone just get the replacement axle from Scamp and does it just drop in place (assuming welding)?
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If you're going to need to have any welding done, have them weld the bracets on; then bolt the axle to the bracket. Brackets are cheap and you should be able to get them anywhere you can get an axle. Anyone close buy build utility trailers?
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:17 PM   #5
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Thanks Donna, that is a good idea. I had wondered about doing that and I sent Trent at Scamp an email about doing that. I am guessing that I will order the axle from Scamp, I have not looked but I am assuming they could weld on a bracket and then bolt the Scamp axle on. I prefer bolted on as future replacement becomes a much easier task.
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Thanks Donna, that is a good idea. I had wondered about doing that and I sent Trent at Scamp an email about doing that. I am guessing that I will order the axle from Scamp, I have not looked but I am assuming they could weld on a bracket and then bolt the Scamp axle on. I prefer bolted on as future replacement becomes a much easier task.
That's the ticket Jon
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Hi all, I think we need to replace the axle on our 1983 13' Scamp. It sort of leans to one side and seems to sit a bit low. I do not have a welder and do not want to pull the egg off the frame (not sure if this is even needed). I know Scamp welded on the axles, but it seems that it is not uncommon on other trailers (and for cars for that matter) to bolt on the axle. Has anyone just cut off the old axle and bolted on a replacement? If so was it a lot of work or just a matter of drilling some holes and bolting it on.
Just last week I had the axle replaced on our '83 13' Burro with a new dexter #9 torflex axle with electric brakes. They had to reverse the brackets to put the spindle in the trailing position. It required repositioning and also reversing the brackets since the long flange of the brackets were on the wrong side. All went well and we now have brakes which gives great piece of mind and a shorter stopping distance. If you're putting on just an idler axle, you can leave the spindle in the leading position.
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