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Old 08-20-2010, 09:14 PM   #1
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Axle Help Please !!

Hi,
Our family made our first couple of trips out in our new reno'd 73. It was a blast and we just wanted to keep going. On the down side I overlooked the axle condition and I now know it needs replacement poor old Boler took a pounding.
I am hoping someone has the proper Dexter part number to get my 73 back on the road. I don't want to add brakes, change wheel size, or add height other than the original. Any help would be much appreciated.
I am also wondering what the estimated cost would be for the parts only. It appears a simple fix, only 4(qty) bolts hold it on.
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Glen
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Old 08-21-2010, 08:11 AM   #2
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Hi Glen. Unless someone answers up, you might want to check with Paul Neumeister here: Fibreglass RV Parts, Repairs, and Service by Paul Neumeister

Paul is supplying axles for the 1300 Boler. Nice man, I'm sure he can give you some answers.
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:51 AM   #3
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Thank you Donna I am going to call Paul on Monday.
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:56 AM   #4
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I have also posted a picture of my swing arm with full weight applied, I believe the axle is toast....
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Glen,
Your set up is not original. What you get may not be a bolt on solution. Who ever you order from will need to know the distance to the outside of the brackets, Hub face to hub face, the bolt pattern and you are going to have to pick a weight and start angle.
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Old 08-21-2010, 02:46 PM   #6
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Hi Roy,

Just curious how you could tell from the pix that it is not original? I am going to try to get the name plate identification off the axle however I painted it when I had the coach off the frame. It appears to be exactly like the pix from Paul's website.
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Old 08-21-2010, 07:24 PM   #8
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Hi Glen,
I looked at quite a few axles before I replaced mine. Your axle was bolted onto a square tube below the frame. That is not a "standard" configuration, more likely a mod to raise the trailer due to an axle that has settled. I had to do it myself in a time restricted situation. (New tires were scrubbing the top of the wheel well and we were leaving in a week, no time to order and install and axle).

If you look closely at yours and the one on Paul's site. Your axle mount has the long face on the outside, Paul's is on the inside.

Have a look at this:
http://www.cerka.ca/Torflex_order_form.pdf
and the Dexter site
Dexter Axle - Trailer Axles and Running Gear Components - HOME


Modifying an old saying ... Measure twice order once.

Nice job on your trailer! Well done.
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Hi Roy,

Thank you for the information. I see what you are saying, I really appreciate the help.

Cheers,

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Just a guess...but it looks as if you were to order a stock axle and install it you may be riding a bit high due to the square tube spacer. If you were to get a stock axle I would install it with the space and take a look at your ride height....if it is too high remove the spacer. But with Nova Scotia roads a bit of height may not be a bad thing. Just hoping that the bolt holes will line up with the mounting flange of the new axle. Good Luck.

Where in NS?

HRM for me.

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Just a guess...but it looks as if you were to order a stock axle and install it you may be riding a bit high due to the square tube spacer. If you were to get a stock axle I would install it with the space and take a look at your ride height....if it is too high remove the spacer. But with Nova Scotia roads a bit of height may not be a bad thing. Just hoping that the bolt holes will line up with the mounting flange of the new axle. Good Luck.

Where in NS?

HRM for me.

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I started the Boler reno in Tantallon but a job change took me to Pictou County. I see the Hitch Centre on 12B Rosedale Drive, Burnside is a dealer for Dexter (Torflex) but want to make sure I get the correct axle. I want to keep the future mods to minimum ($). I am hoping I can get somthing that will bolt on and use the the same wheels and tires. That's why I was interested in Paul's website the axle he sells looks very close to mine.
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Hi Glen,
I looked at quite a few axles before I replaced mine. Your axle was bolted onto a square tube below the frame. That is not a "standard" configuration, more likely a mod to raise the trailer due to an axle that has settled. I had to do it myself in a time restricted situation. (New tires were scrubbing the top of the wheel well and we were leaving in a week, no time to order and install and axle).

If you look closely at yours and the one on Paul's site. Your axle mount has the long face on the outside, Paul's is on the inside.

Have a look at this:
http://www.cerka.ca/Torflex_order_form.pdf
and the Dexter site
Dexter Axle - Trailer Axles and Running Gear Components - HOME


Modifying an old saying ... Measure twice order once.

Nice job on your trailer! Well done.
Hi Roy,
Thanks, BTW how did you decide on the down angle on the axle? I see Scamp uses 25 degrees down (2010 website) and Torflex can be 22.5, 10 or 0. The one on Paul's website almost looks like 0 but I would like to be sure.
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Hi Glen,
I essentially used the specs off the Dexter and Flexride sites for the various start angles along with various tires sizes etc. in a spreadsheet to dermine which combination would give me the desired final riding height.
Here is how I did mine:
Replacing an Axle - leading arm to trailing arm
Yes it was more complex than what you want to do, but I think I explain most the questions I've ever read about boler axles on FGRV in my post.

The one on Pauls site looks to me like a 10 up
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I bought mine from the hitch centre in dartmouth NS (torflex). Grinded off the old one and bolted the new one on. Easy job. i ordered a 10 up but now wish i ordered a 10 down, because with the weight on it, it sits around 20 up, now will place 2 inch blocks to raise it up a bit
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