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Old 01-11-2014, 05:44 PM   #57
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Wow! Didn't learn that much about the Timbren system, but I sure know a LOT about symantics now! I am about to try the "Axle-less" system on my Scamp 13 (1977). I am going to cut off the original axle at the ends (spindle, etc), but LEAVE the axle rod/enclosure/tube/whatever (have fun on this one. I expect at least a dozen replies about he NAME of it! Don't disappoint me now!) franck2cv I think, showed a picture of a square tube with an offset piece to go into the Timbren parts. I plan to try doing this but using the original axle as the "tube" and adding the "offset" part in front of ( or behind) it, so as to have the Timbren unit tight against the frame, such as it is. Other than spelling, symantics or "What I would do" comments would be greatly appreciated. Totally a newb ay trailers and such, just want to GET OFF THE GROUND when we go camping on mining claims!
You guys are ALL great, but why does everyone HAVE to answer questions with pure opinions? It is like ragging the kid in class who actually wants to know something, but the other kids mess with them just because they don't! I may be different or too old for these forum things, but when I ask a question I am looking for answers, not guff. Almost every one I belong to get dozens of relies ranging from (mostly) "I don't know anything about it, but...", to "I wouldn't do that", or my favorite, "WHY do you...".
Sorry, have MY bugaboos just like the rest. Just hate to waste OTHER peoples time.
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:05 PM   #58
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Quote: "You guys are ALL great, but why does everyone HAVE to answer questions with pure opinions?"

I think if all someone wants to hear is expert advice that they should be prepared to pay for it.....

Opinions, rather than expert advice, are the rule on these sites if, for no other reason, liability.

On one site I am on, a member actually tied to sue another for posting what turned out to be incorrect information that lead to some monetary losses. So, all I ever offer is my opinion, and it's worth every cent paid for it.....
BTW: That suit went nowhere. if only because one was in CA and the other on the east coast.

But I can understand why you are so critical of what you get for free, I once spent a week in Lompoc one night myself.
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:25 PM   #59
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Paul what do you expect? OMG, gain knowlege. Not just here at FiberglassRV, but the entire WWW and your local trailer builder. It's a whole less about us, but a whole bunch more about you. AND, you do know if you cut the torsion portion out of the axle out of your trailer... you end up with nothing more than a piece of tube... or pipe!
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:58 AM   #60
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OK folks! BACKUP and stop shooting! I BADLY wrote and misposted. I REALLY DO like the OPINIONS and ADVISE (and yes expert advise SHOULD be paid for). I jsut get so frustrated about people who post useless comments and NON-knowledge rather than answering any questions. It happens everywhere (here included, I have been reading on here for about 100+ HOURS so far over the last several months!) and I guess making my frustrations known about it with MY FIRST QUESTION was dumb or worse. The problem is, I am a knowledge junky. Everything I get into like this (and there have been SO many) I really want to know all I can. Donna, I think I have read every post you and several other ever made! Thanks! That smile on your avatar is evident in every post! Me, I am not a social animal (never would have guessed it, right?) I do like how so many post encouragements and attaboy (& girl of course Maam!) but still so many just want to POST! If I have already upset/PO'd/tickled/ticked anyone, I hereby apologize and promise to have my oldest daughter (My "adventure buddy" who will be sharing this with me) whup my butt with a rose bush! She may anyway as I tore it up thinking it was a weed! Oops, my bad....
THANKS YOU to ALL. I admit I have copied, downloaded, scanned, cut & pasted (you like the taste of school glue too?) more data off this site than I will be able to read before they plant me. And every bit of it is great! If I even tried to do all the mods I found fascinating, I would have to buy 8 more Scamps, and hire help!

So, if you'all will fogive a po old man, I will start again with "tha propa attitude"!
Blame it on where I live here in the Peoples Republik. And BOb, I haven't read all yours yet, but I AM working on it! Boy you post a lot! Yes, Lompoc IS a little, ah, different. I call it the ebay capital of the world, because you can't buy ANYTHING here except groceries! And for a town of 40K+, that ain't good!

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Old 01-12-2014, 01:00 AM   #61
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PS, or Psst! How can I find out what the most likely original equipment was for my '77 13'? Serial number is E72095. Most of it was stripped out and I can't even tell what is missing. IF it is!

Paul A. (still waiting, patiently...sigh)
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:56 AM   #62
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Original Equipment???

A good answer here is WHY?
These aren't exactly something that one restores to "Original" like a 1977 Porsche.

Somehow, but only in my opinion, I would venture, it was about about the same as a 2014 base unit, Scamp hasn't made many real changes since Adam parked the first Scamp ever in his apple orchard.

One would think that the source for that information would be, let's see, I think I know, but only in my opinion.......Scamp!

Basic Rule for almost 40 y.o. FGRV's: Build what YOU want/need in your rig.

Maybe not the answer wanted, but ya get what ya pay for.....
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:24 AM   #63
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There appears to be an idea growing that the Timbrens are some magic cure-all suspension for trailers and it would be a good idea to stamp that out. They look excellent for some particular applications (and offer some benefits to the trailer manufacturer) but are just another way of doing the same job as a rubber torsion axle.

I don't think the Timbren is what you really want, if you want to lift your trailer. Sure they show it being used off-road, but only with large tires on a small trailer.

If you look at the Timbren specification sheet you'll see that the wheel spindle is about level with the bottom of the frame rail it is welded to, once the trailer weight is applied. That may be a lift from where your trailer is riding now, but only by an inch or so.

If you go for the 2000HD model, you can get a version that gives another 1.5" of height, though a new torsion axle could give you more.

The specification sheet also shows that the wheel spindle is some 12" (unbelievably, they don't give the dimension!) behind the centre of the cross-beam hole. In your Scamp axle, this is probably 6". So the simple offset piece that frank2cv drew (about a 2" offset) will nowhere near do this job unless you are willing to move the Scamp wheels backwards a large amount - and that probably means making new fender wells to accomodate the tires.

Your best bet is to fit a completely new axle and remove all of the old one - making Timbrens fit on the end of the old axle tube would be a lot more work and will involve some unnecessary compromises.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:45 AM   #64
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I certainly agree with you Andrew. Without a lot of past experience and skills, trying to reinvent the wheel could leave one with no wheels at all....

Going back to stock will work, but re-engineering??? Who Knows

For all the discussions about the Timbren system, I don't recall anyone that has actually fitted it to an FGRV.

And that's my opinion, subject to sudden change or correction, and with or without good reason...
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:45 PM   #65
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It would be interesting to see your project take shape. Take lots of pics to share. Semantics aside, the Timbren does the same thing as any of the common torsion axles that have been in use for years. They pretty much compress the rubber or elastomers to resist the forces applied. Shear also comes into play in some designs. I can see that the Timbren by nature of the two separate axles would be harder to align with accuracy. The photo shows a mounting plate with bolt holes to fasten the suspension unit to the trailer frame. Just normal bolt holes about 10" apart would allow too much toe in variation to easily set. You would like to see 1/16" accuracy at the tire radius. The square hole they provide could be an aid to holding the axles parallel when a 2" x 2" tube would be used as a cross member, if the fit is snug. I would think there would not be an advantage to utilizing the stock torsion axle tube to accomplish that due to it being welded to the trailer frame in the wrong location, and it would need to be spaced down from the frame to allow insertion of the suspension units. Whatever tube you would use would have to match the dimension of the socket for it to be of any use. That tube really doesn't need to be attached to the frame of the trailer, but may be more effective if welded to the suspension unit socket once toe in was dialed in. The Timbren design looks like the rubber dampers could be replaced when they need to be or even tuned to the weight of the trailer by changing density of dampers. I don't know if they offer various spring rate dampers. The compression and rebound dampers are separate with that design. Going the Timbren route certainly requires more work to install than the standard axles, but would be a fun project to do, and could be a workable solution. Good luck, and do keep us informed how it goes.
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:57 PM   #66
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[QUOTE=Bob Miller;437175]Original Equipment???

A good answer here is WHY?
These aren't exactly something that one restores to "Original" like a 1977 Porsche.

Yeah Bill, just want more of than "learnin" about them?
There doesn't seem to have been a converter, and some PO (or POS) took out ALL fuses and just tied the AC into a couple of surface mounted sockets!

I don't plan on restoring it (I know! Boo/Hiss/Etc) just making a dry OFF THE GROUND place to sleep on mining claims! Or wherever. Knowing what "was" is a great way of sort cutting to what "can be", without re-engineering the world. I have to admit tho, my "addiction" to "knowing it all" (in the good sense) is getting tiring. I cut & pasted again last night until 4am! The "page" of Scamp related material and mods (especially. Don't plan on doing them, but love to see how people do things!) is now 237 pages long! Sheesh. I WISH you folks WEREN'T so good sometimes!
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The Timbren design looks like the rubber dampers could be replaced when they need to be or even tuned to the weight of the trailer by changing density of dampers. I don't know if they offer various spring rate dampers.
Unlike the rubber torsion axle manufacturers, Timbren don't apopear to offer any customisation of the axles. although they do offer 'HD' models which appear to be the axle units from the next size up, but with springs to suit the actual load. So for example, the 2000HD appears to be the 3500 model with rubber to suit a 2000lb load.
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... and the mention of Citroen .... my dad and i in the Citroen...bad road to the area, he makes the adjustment and the suspension must have put us up another ~6" or so, the farmers in their trucks were looking at us like we were from another planet ; )

...might be fun to have on a TV&TT. No steps needed into rigs at camp!
One other nifty thing about the Citroen setup was that when the car was at it's highest position you could put a block under the suspension arm of a flat tire, then lower the car - the blocked arm resulted in the flat tire rising off the ground to change it. THAT would be great on a trailer.

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Old 01-23-2014, 04:33 PM   #69
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Talking

I didn't disappear into the woodwork, (or go hide!) just had to work my way (whole family did actually) through a cold, the flu, and then pneumonia strung end to end!
I wanted to answer a few of the comments. I hope I don't make anyone mad again, but... I admit I tend to be rude, crude and socially unacceptable, more often than not. That's what happens when you live in an 8 x 10 room with two cats who RULE you!

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You said, "There appears to be an idea growing that the Timbrens are some magic cure-all suspension for trailers and it would be a good idea to stamp that out."

Isn't that a mite extreme? Sort of "you WILL like what I like or else"? Doesn't seem like most of what you have written, at least what I have read so far. I always thought the old saying, "Different strokes for different folks" made a lot of sense. If nothing else, it would be darned boring if we all only wanted/bought/used the same things even if it did make parts easier to find! LOL . (1984 anyone?)

Then you added, " If you look at the Timbren specification sheet you'll see that the wheel spindle is about level with the bottom of the frame rail it is welded to, once the trailer weight is applied. That may be a lift from where your trailer is riding now, but only by an inch or so". As well as, " So the simple offset piece that frank2cv drew (about a 2" offset) will nowhere near do this job unless you are willing to move the Scamp wheels backwards a large amount...".

Ah, the Timbren "brochure" shows they need to hire someone that actually can read the specs, AND write about it, let alone draw it. I went and obtained some partial CAD drawings (from their Patent copy) and redrew their 2000HD Model (Part #ASR2KHDS04), and showed the relationship between the "normal" Scamp spindle location that came with mine (in a factory new condition and angle, according to Scamp. NOT the condition mine is now!) and their relative locations on the frame to have the wheel well and tire match up properly. I will try to post the pics. On the Timbren web site home page, I have no idea why they show the one in the video that looks like it is collapsed fully and then show the normal one below in their drawing. I can only assume (Ooops) that no one has ever actually looked at the site and noticed the two DIFFERENT models!
The one in the video is obviously either the 2000HD #ASR2KHDS05 or the 3500 #ASR3500S04, BOTH of which have a NORMAL space of ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH below the frame (Really!) and deflect up to 1 3/4" upwards under full rated load! That is flat SHUT++ just like the video shows.

The 2000HD #ASR2KHDS04, which I "think" I want to use has a 7 1/2" space between the spindle center and the bottom of the frame! AND, it deflects upwards only 1 5/8" under FULL RATED LOAD. That is also the one they show on the small trailer behind the 4x4 on the bottom of the page. THAT is the exact kind of clearance I want! AIR between the axle/frame and the ground!! Plus, with the way I plan to beef up the frame, (NOT with the " the simple offset piece that frank2cv drew", he just gave me the idea) by adding a box tube along the frame to space and re-enforce the new "bolted on" position of that high rise Non-axle, I should have no problems with alignment or frame tweaking unless the factory installed THEIR axle wrong!

Oh yeah, Andrew! I wish you could 'splain that one to me! You know, the " I once spent a week in Lompoc one night myself." If I could figure out how to spend a WEEK here in ONE NIGHT, I would do it myself until the cows come home! My biggest nightmare, is after having lived here in EXILE for 30+ years, I will wind up here for eternity! Throw me over the border when I go! Float me out to sea! Bury me on the lone prairie, but NOT HERE!

Bob Miller
Your comment of, " And that's my opinion, subject to sudden change or correction, and with or without good reason..." is the BEST one of all! Don't ya just love to be able to "back up" without actually "eating" any feathers? I would have turned into a crow by now if I couldn't do that!

ruscal
Your "It would be interesting to see your project take shape.", is probably going to equate closely to that other saying laid at the Chinese feet, "May you live in "INTERESTING times... FOREVER!" Been there, still doing it!


So, there be my ideas, and I believe I have all the facts right. I certainly PO'd enough people at several companies getting them! (not really, but I would have been!)

Oh, and if you want the straight specs on the Timbren's (which do not necessarily agree with the brochures), then click on the blue box that says "Weights & dimensions" and download the pdf file named " ASR400-5200-Dimensions-Weights-Rev111813". It matches the CAD figures I found BEFORE finding it!

Paul, the poor, pathetic, and perennially perplexed new guy!

And, in matters of "discussion" as well as other endeavors, remember a quote from MY favorite "doctor, Dr. Seuss.

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. "~ Dr. Seuss
Couldna said it bettah masef!
and you might also keep in mind one from me!

Be careful of the words you say
Make sure they're soft and sweet
You never know from day to day
Which ones you'll have to eat

Also attaching pics of the "poor Scamp" as when I got it! Should have left it alone, wouldn't have to paint it camo later! LOL

Neat story about the vent "brick" if anyone wants to know! (snicker)

The pdf of the outline is available if anyone wants a "close" scale drawing.


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Ooops (I seem to say that a lot)
Need to practice uploading attachments. Got some twict!

GOT 'em!
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