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Old 08-12-2013, 08:05 PM   #1
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Question Broken or flipped axle?

hi everyone, this is my first post on a forum ever! I am a new owner of a 1969 boler but I'm writing on behalf of my mom who owns a triple e trailer. While towing it out to camp somehow it looks like the axle flipped around and the tires almost wore right through the back of the wheel well. I'm told the trailer has torsion bars but that doesn't mean much to us. We tried pulled the axle forward manually with no luck. Does anyone know what we could try? We would appreciate any help! The trailer is in the middle of the bush 3 hours from town so we are really trying to avoid tow truck costs. Thank you for any help!
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:11 PM   #2
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HI Autumn, to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here

There are lots of kind and helpful people on the forums and I'm better one or two or bunches will be along shortly to answer your question.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:09 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum Autumn.
Others will be along with some advice. I haven't a clue.
But I'm thinking a pic or two might be helpful.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:34 PM   #4
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Yes, I agree. That's a big regret of ours. As soon as someone gets out to the bush (my mom doesn't drive.. For some reason she needs a trailer..) we will take pictures. The other information I have is its a 1980 or 1984 14" trailer. Thank you for the response!
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:44 PM   #5
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But I'm thinking a pic or two might be helpful.
Agreed.
2 possible suggestions to get you home. Smaller tires with the same bolt pattern might give you the clearance you need. (Be cognizant of interference with brake drums if present.) A
flatbed or car trailer to piggyback the trailer on.

Maybe even just get the little wheel dollies the tow trucks use and tow the trailer home. I have no idea where you could get those or the legalities of towing with them.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:03 PM   #6
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Hello Autumn. You sound like a very nice daughter to be investigating this issue for your mother.

I am also dealing with a similiar issue and will follow this thread with much interest. Does anyone know if something has broken inside the axle to cause this? Or is something just worn out?
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:05 PM   #7
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Just to reiterate, I am dealing with a torsion beam suspension. Autumn I think you have a similiar suspension on your Triple E.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:39 PM   #8
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If it were me stuck in this situation I would go to the nearest town and find a trailer repair place that can weld in a new axle. Dont tell them where the trailer is but ask how much it will cost to replace the axle. If the replacement is within your means then dump the problem with the location issue in their lap. These people all have connections and at least if you have to have it towed you are towing only once from pick-up to drop off.
Trailer places have trailers maybe you can work something out.
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I am dealing with a torsion beam suspension.
Can you post pictures of yours Darren? It might help this discussion.
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:04 PM   #10
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Wow thanks everyone for all the help! We are going to look into this smaller tire idea... I just talked to my mom and she has a friend going out this weekend to look at it. When I hear any new info I will post for others to know. I'm pretty sure it also has a torsion beam suspension but I have no clue if that's what is broken. I appreciate all the advice!
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:22 PM   #11
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Did the tires on boths sides flip the same or just one side ?
Where abouts in Ontario are you located?.
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Isn't the torsion beam suspension the kind that have an adjustable arm? Maybe the spindle can be pulled off and put on at a different angle. I'm thinking out LOUD here....
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Donna,
I've seen a few that use a coil spring wound around the axle as the torsion component. I'm wondering if that is what they are referring to?
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:36 PM   #14
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Hi RRJR, yes, both tires are worn. To be honest, I'm not sure if one is worse than the other... I kind of wrote this prematurely in a state of panic for my mom. I'm not sure about the adjustable arm Donna but that's something I'm going to look into tomorrow for sure!
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