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Old 09-18-2018, 12:01 PM   #1
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Hi, I have a 2014 sidekick legend 1500 Trillium that needs a new axle. The tires are rubbing the wheel well and the springs are shot. Anyone able to help me? I have no clue what to order. I have a shop thats willing to install but was told I need to order the parts. Help?!
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:17 PM   #2
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A four-year-old trailer should not need a new axle. I'd look for another cause.
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Old 09-18-2018, 02:35 PM   #3
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Hi Glen-
Thats what we thought too, but it was looked at by an axle shop..
Any thoughts you might have? We are taking it for a second opinion as well.
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Sorry, I'm no help. But, do get that second opinion.
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Old 09-18-2018, 03:41 PM   #5
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I would take it to a trailer shop. A utility trailer shop at that. Not anyplace that specializes in RV repair.
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Doesn't sound like a torsion axle - maybe a PO mod? I didn't think Trillium came with springs (which should not wear out in 4 years, either. Maybe the PO wanted clearance for bigger tires and didn't do the mod correctly. I'd call Trillium with the VIN and find out what the original axle was a get a recommendation...
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I'd call Trillium with the VIN and find out what the original axle was a get a recommendation...

Wouldn't you have to find them first?
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Wouldn't you have to find them first?
Not that hard : Trillium Trailers


Actually there is a dealer about 15 miles from my house.
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Well, there is the Trillium outside of Calgary, Alberta, and the one that moved to Winnipeg, Man. and then to Alabama? where it went out of business. What Trillium are you referring to?
Is it this one?
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Glenn, I dunno. I just know I viewed a Trillium at my local dealer maybe 3 years ago as I was trying to figure out the color of their fiberglass compared to other brands. The review suggests it's under different ownership now. Regardless, the OP might try to contact them and see if there are any records of that rig.
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axle help

Trillium Sidekick is now defunct, so no help there. Trillium Outback seems to be having its own troubles, and too far away in any case.

Fortunately trailer axles are not rocket science. Advice to seek out a utility trailer shop or axle & suspension shop rather than a general RV shop is good.

A 4-year-old axle shouldn't be worn out, but it may be damaged, or it may have been improperly installed, or it may have the wrong size tires and/or wheels. The shop will be able to give you some options to put it right.

Most smaller molded trailers have rubber torsion axles as OEM, not leaf spring axles. That would be a conversation to have with the shop.

Keep us posted.
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:12 AM   #12
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I'm not Trillium, but I play one on TV..... sorry bad dad humor.

My Trillium 4500's, (15' like the 1500's) all came with a 2000# torsion axle. There are those who prefer springs. Perhaps the original owner requested them, as a custom option, from Sidekick. Odds are that the axle is fine, and you just need new springs, which are far less expensive then a new torsion axle.
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:16 PM   #13
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would it be possible that the PO put on bigger wheels and tires? Therefore rubbing inside the fenders.
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Old 09-19-2018, 08:45 PM   #14
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Hi All,

This is Andrew, the OPs husband (and my first post to the forum). The Trillium has a torsion axle (2500 lb capacity) with 13" tires. The torsion arms are angled upward toward the trailer. There is even a small impact ding on the underside of the fiberglass where the torsion arm hit the shell of the trailer. We have now been to two shops and both people have said they have never seen a problem like this on such a new trailer (first travel trailer luck I guess!). When we went to look at the trailer, I noticed the small amount of clearance for the tires, inspected the wheel wells, and asked about any problems. The PO must have cleaned off any rub marks because when we got the trailer home, we saw lots of rub marks on the wheel wells.

So the shop we have it at is going to jack up the trailer, take the wheels off and inspect the current axle and go from there. The shop told us these axles are not serviceable so we would have to replace it. One question is whether we have some freedom to choose the arm angle of the replacement axle? I would like some additional clearance, but not as much as if we put in a spring axle. The shop owner said that the replacement axles from Dexter are all custom ordered (non-refundable) and take up to 6 weeks for delivery so I would like to be knowledgeable about the decision as he makes suggestions to move forward with the repair. Any advice would be much appreciated!

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