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Old 04-25-2008, 08:19 AM   #1
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I am getting a new axle for my Love Bug trailer . I am trying to figure out the angle. Any input. It has a leading arm.


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Old 04-25-2008, 09:02 AM   #2
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I just put a Dexter axle in my 1983 13' Scamp.(April 2008) I put in a 22 1/2 degree down, trailing arm axle. It sits a little high. The hitch height is 20". A new 13' Scamp hitch height is 18". I should have used a 10 degree down trailing arm axle. Dexter only sells trailing arm axles. The bottom of door to the ground is 15' . I have a box I use for a step (1'x2'x7 1/4') After a few years it will lower.

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Old 04-28-2008, 02:42 PM   #3
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Hi Kevin,

Congrats on your axle replacement. I have that ahead of me, too, for a '85 Perris Pacer 13'. I think I'll use a 10* down angle.

Going back over some of the posts you made last year, one of them looked like you were considering chopping off the old leading arms, only, leaving the old axle beam in place. Is that, eventually, what you did?

I am also very interested in learning how folks solve the switch over to trailing arm axles, especially on the curb side where the floor drops for the step. Like you, I intend to finish with a bolt-on solution.... if I can figure out the frame on the passenger side.

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Old 04-28-2008, 03:24 PM   #4
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I took everything out on the old axle. To much extra wt. to leave in.

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I added 2 -- 1 1/2"x 3"x 10" long 11 gage rectangular tubing to the driver side. Then I bolted (grade 8 Bolt) the new axle to the bottom. No changes on the curb side . (Passenger side)(or door side of Scamp)
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Old 04-30-2008, 07:53 AM   #5
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I think that you are thinking about Bob Cupp. He redid his Love Bug last year or so. I have found a company that does a splined axle arm. So, that I can adjust the angle of the arm and also make it front facing arm instead of the Dexter trailing style. I dont think I will be doing a bolt on style as I eventually want a Burro or Uhaul......so don't plan on the Love Bug being around long enough for 3 axles.


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