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Old 06-12-2016, 09:45 PM   #1
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I have questions about my axel. I thought I read years ago in the early 2000'stages that the older scamp axel could be filled or that someone had donenough it. I'made confused now since I read on the Facebook page you can't flip it. Can it be flipped? It would be easier for me if we could.
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Old 06-12-2016, 10:39 PM   #2
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Being a Scamp, I have to assume that it is a torsion axle. It's true that a torsion axle can't be flipped. On a leaf spring axle the reason for flipping it is because it is bent and the tires are wearing. Sometimes if the bend is right, flipping returns the axle geometry to something approximating normal. These axles generally have a slight upward arch through the length of the axle.

What year is your Scamp and why do you think the axle needs to be replaced?
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Old 06-13-2016, 08:13 AM   #3
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In the earlier model Scamps (I know before 1982) the S-13's had only 1200 lb. axles and S-16's had only 2200 lb. axles with 7" brakes. If you have and earley Scamp and the axle has not been replaced you are more than likely due for an axel change. The old axle has to be cut off and the new one welded on. You can count on a minimum of $500 depending on labor and options.
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Old 06-13-2016, 09:34 AM   #4
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Boy you guys are doing a good job in answering the OP.. I have read that question six times and I still can't make heads or tails out of it.
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Old 06-13-2016, 09:43 AM   #5
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I went to Sherry's profile and captured this picture from her album. Her trailer is a 1983.
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Old 06-13-2016, 12:06 PM   #6
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This is a brand new Scamp. Brand new like 06-13-16. Notice the top of the fender well is at the top of the wheel rim.
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:45 PM   #7
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Smile Funny!!

That's funny! I posted the question from my phone and it has a mind of its own. Lol it's cracked and not working right. I am also impressed all of you could read that. Haha thank you! I purchased a new axel and now is the fun part of figuring out the installation.
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Old 06-18-2016, 10:49 PM   #8
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Ummm.... what kind of axle did you buy?

When my Hauley's torsion axle was damaged by a hazard, I took it to a local trailer repair shop. They would've needed to carefully measure the mounting attachment dimensions and such to get the right thing, then they would've needed to have it custom made by a torsion axle mfr so it would fit... a process that would have taken weeks. Since I needed the trailer ASAP (to use for work), I opted to let them install a common, off-the-shelf spring axle with spring assemblies. They welded some new attachment pieces to the frame, and in 3 days I was using the trailer again. The spring axle did raise the trailer several inches, which has good points and bad points.

The fact that you've bought an axle already but are unsure how to get it attached makes me wonder... did you also buy a spring axle? Or did you buy an axle from the Scamp factory? Or something else?
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Old 06-18-2016, 11:55 PM   #9
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I actually got it from another scamp owner. It's off a 2016.
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Old 06-18-2016, 11:58 PM   #10
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I actually got it from another scamp owner. It's off a 2016. I'll let you know how it goes. We spent all day making sure we know how to install it. Working on it tomorrow.
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Old 06-18-2016, 11:59 PM   #11
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It may be welded on.
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Old 06-19-2016, 12:17 AM   #12
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The old one is welded on so we'll cut it off and weld on the new bracket.
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Do yourself a favor, Bolt on the replacement. That way, because you will have to pay to cut it off you might as well do it right on the replacement and then in the future it will be quite easy to remove and replace it when needed.
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Yes, if one must weld, weld on some brackets with bolt holes instead of the axle assembly. But then, a new axle should last 20+ years, so it becomes an exercise in making the next owner's life easier.
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