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Old 11-15-2012, 08:12 AM   #15
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Taller with the new axle! As soon as it warms up a bit I will drop the axle and measure out the lengths. The ball room version still has the little seat area that the bathroom version does I think. The brake flange (brakes removed by PO) is hitting the edge of that area when large bumps happen. I'm going with 22.5 down so clearance should be ok ( I hope).
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:23 AM   #16
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I realize I will have to change to 14" wheels for the 10" brakes, I am looking at the Northern Tools 14" wheels and tire for 134 bucks free shipping, although I would probably pick them up in Knoxville.
I picked up a set of Ford Ranger 14" rims for $15 each. They are not in perfect condition, but hey, the price was right. I didn't cry too much when I wrecked one of them because I didn't tighten the lug nuts enough.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:35 PM   #17
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Update, Yes I'm lazy. It finally got warm enough to drop the axle.
I put a floor jack under the middle of the axle, pulled four bolts and the axle came right out.My 86' Burro measures 61 1/2 to the outside of axle mounting brackets, 68" to outside of brake flanges ( no brakes installed) and 79 1/2" from end of spindle to end of spindle. Now to order a new one from Dexter. This axle is a Henschen 1500 lb capacity serial number 2-045711
Kinda skimpy for a 17 foot trailer. I'm ordering a #3500 .
Now to co-ordinate ordering and pickup time.

Already have the tires/wheels, from Northern Tools 139 each shipping free, they have a 3 3/4 offset. Seem pretty nice 1780 lbs capacity each. I'm starting to get exited about camping again!
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:17 PM   #18
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Does that Henschen have a plate or marking indicating 1500lb? That's 25% under the dry weight at the getgo! You stated earlier in the thread that the axle cap. was 3000lb. Not the main issue as you are replacing it but which is correct? And how are you measuring wheel offset to get a ginormous 3-3/4"?

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...............And how are you measuring wheel offset to get a ginormous 3-3/4"?

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Maybe backspacing vs offset?


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Old 01-29-2013, 01:41 PM   #20
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Yeh I believe so.

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Old 01-29-2013, 01:57 PM   #21
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Yeah, very untechnical, I put a flat edge on the rear of the tire and it's 3 3/4 to the part that reaches the drum. My figuring is this the back of the tire is what is going to rub on the body. Tire is 7.8 inches wide.
Also nobody was as shocked as me to see 1500 lb rating on the axle tag. Wow!
I was going by the common acceptance of #3000. I figure my wife puts in 1500 lbs of shoes each trip!
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Gotcha. Thanks for the clarification.

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Old 01-29-2013, 03:36 PM   #23
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Confirmation at last. I also have the older 17 ft burro, 1985. My axle tag is illegible, but I had a trailer technician who packed my wheel bearings and repaired my electric breaks and told me that the axle was rated at 1500 pds. So, that's it, I will definitely be replacing the axle this spring. Does that mean my 13 tires will also have to be replaced (hubs and breaks, too?)
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And we all thought Escondidos were such crap. I did not credit the idea that the earlier Iowa trailers could be underspec'd as to axle cap. until pj got a look at his. And now two of them? Amazing!

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And we all thought Escondidos were such crap. I did not credit the idea that the earlier Iowa trailers could be underspec'd as to axle cap. until pj got a look at his. And now two of them? Amazing!

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They must have believed their own advertising department.
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Hey, I never thought that the Iowa axle specs may be in the sales brochure in the Doc Center. Are they? What's under those UHauls, Tom?

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Hey, I never thought that the Iowa axle specs may be in the sales brochure in the Doc Center. Are they? What's under those UHauls, Tom?

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I never saw a ratings tag, but UHaul generally erred on the side of stout.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:59 PM   #28
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MAYBE in 1986 ,1500 lbs = 3000. kind of like money.
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