1979 Beachcomber LM15 - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-21-2018, 04:27 PM   #1
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Good afternoon.

Can anyone point me in the right direction for parts for this little camper we purchased? 1979 Beachcomber TM15. I am looking for hinge bushings or hinges and maybe an axle. I have not checked yet, but I do not believe the torsion axles is moving any longer.

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Old 05-02-2018, 04:12 PM   #2
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I would suggest Princess Auto for axle and Etrailer.com for everything else. I've had good experiences with both.
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Old 05-03-2018, 04:51 PM   #3
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Thanks Sully.

I will check into those options.
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Old 07-30-2018, 09:58 PM   #4
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Good afternoon.

Can anyone point me in the right direction for parts for this little camper we purchased? 1979 Beachcomber TM15. I am looking for hinge bushings or hinges and maybe an axle. I have not checked yet, but I do not believe the torsion axles is moving any longer.

Thanks Shawn
Hi Shawn,

I have a set of new hinges for a beachcomber. Bought for a different project and didn’t use them. I think I paid about $75 for the pair about 10 years ago.

Are you still needing a set?

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Old 08-03-2018, 05:33 AM   #5
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Hi Kevin.

We did not find new hinges as yet. I was looking at putting new brass bushings in the old ones and new pins as well.

Are you thinking of selling the ones you have? If so let me know, would have to check into cost of shipping as well. Do you have a pic of them you could send?

Thanks for replying.

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Old 08-03-2018, 07:28 AM   #6
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If you want them, send me a personal message and I’ll look into shipping.
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Old 08-06-2018, 06:14 AM   #7
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I have all the specs for a dexter torflex axle. Just replaced mine. Huge difference. The ones they sell at princess auto are either way too heavy or way too light. I had to have a custom one fabricated, and I made a few slight changes to it.

Send me a message if you want more information.
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Old 08-12-2018, 06:50 PM   #8
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Hi rambit

Thanks for the reach out. Yes any information you have would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-13-2018, 10:16 AM   #9
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A class 9 torflex is rated up to 2500 lbs, and a class 10 is rated up to 3500 lbs.

There wasn’t a lot of information available on the trailer, but I had a sticker that said it was 2000lbs. I added another battery, a couple cross braces to the frame, and including all our “gear” while camping, I wasn’t comfortable saying the trailer would be under 2500 lbs. So without access to a scale, I settled on 2600lbs as the weight. I did talk to a few other campers who agreed it’d be easy to pack a trailer with 500 lbs (food, drinks, clothes, plates, pots & pans, water in the tank, etc)

The axle is a rubber torsion design. After looking at a couple options on the market, I’d bet what is on the trailer is a dexter torflex. The original axle on the trailer is a 22.5 degree up (the angle the swing arm is at relative to the frame). I wanted more ground clearance, so I went to a 10 degree up. Because of the difference in geometry, I had to slide the axle about 0.5” forward to keep the tire in the middle of the wheel well.

My trailer frame is 53” from the outside of the rail to the outside of the rail.

Here’s a couple shots cutting the old axle off and putting the new one on.
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And here is the shot of before and after. Top photo is new axle, bottom is before. Notice the higher ground clearance with the 10 degree up.
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If you have any other questions, let me know.
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Old 08-14-2018, 07:46 PM   #10
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Thanks for the info and pics.

very nice job, and looks awesome sitting up higher. the clearance would be nice to have too getting in and out of some places. Good look trailer.
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