Originally Posted by Ron1943
I had to put new tires (175 80r 13) on it to get it home. My question now is the clearance on the inside of the street side tire. Because on the indention in the wheel well to accommodate the furnace
there is less than 1/4"! Is this normal? It appears to have the original axel in it and it is shot and I am going to replace it. Do I need to address this clearance issue when I order a new axel?
It is interesting to learn that the ECO carried over the indentation in the street side wheel well from it predecessor the boler American. I've sketched out a cross section of my trailer in this thread: Replacing an Axle - leading arm to trailing arm
I'm thinking the 1/4" sidewall clearance near the furnace might be normal for you and I. It might not be for those that do not have the indentation. Here is a picture of the furnace and indentation in mine.
You will notice the frame is offset ~1" towards the curbside. If you order your axle
with the bolt on bracket kit, you will find the brackets are wider than your frame. When welding the axle on, you can then shift the axle about 1/2" to the street side which will give you a bit more clearance on that wheel well. You are essentially trying to center the hub faces under the body.
If you are going to try that, double check all your measurements before ordering an axle. And don't go by mine as I changed the axle direction.
I tried to order an axle with the brackets offset to center the wheels under the body but Dexter would not go for it, they said they would have to retool the production line.
Can you please send me a PM with the depth of your kitchen counter? I've got an idea I want to confirm.