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Old 08-19-2012, 02:31 AM   #15
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The new Flexiride gets a coat of primer while the Scamp awaits the transplant.
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:44 AM   #16
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I found this "before" picture that was taken with the rig fully loaded with gear @ 2790 lbs. You can see that the axle was in perfect condition and holding the trailer up well. It was the tires 1300 lb. capacity that concerned me.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:44 AM   #17
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Interesting project.

Shows some pics when you get it done.

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Old 08-19-2012, 05:23 PM   #18
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actually my 14 in tires would have fit in the opening , but it was at the front and rear of the wheel well where it was tight especially on the curb side for some reason
Is the Scamp body offset on the frame by an inch like on some trailers ?
Measure from the frame to a point on the wheel well on both sides and compare.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:51 PM   #19
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then again I probably need new axle,

Gezzz if I am not mistake you have a 2003 Scamp correct? needs new axle already? seriously? actually just looked at your before photo.... sure doesnt look like the axle was gone... hummmm.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:51 PM   #20
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Roy,
Actually on scamps (16ft) the curb side from the belly band down is longer than the streetside, thus probably resulting in more of a curve at the bottom, then tapers up to the same level somewhere around rear side marker lights.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:20 AM   #21
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The curbside body is longer on a lot of trailers Tom. Most notable in the boler offspring. It allows for the lowered floor at the door.

Is there a difference in distance further back where the body is straighter at the floor? On the diagram for mine I measured 12" from top of frame to body curbside and 13" streetside.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:30 AM   #22
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Gezzz if I am not mistake you have a 2003 Scamp correct? needs new axle already? seriously? actually just looked at your before photo.... sure doesnt look like the axle was gone... hummmm.
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My axle was functioning as new, but with my new wider and taller wheels and tires there was a clearance issue to the fender openings. I needed a different offset wheel or a narrower axle. I went the shorter axle route. I added a spacer between the axle and frame for more height. The Flexiride also is adjustable for height.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:38 AM   #23
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Is the Scamp body offset on the frame by an inch like on some trailers ?
Measure from the frame to a point on the wheel well on both sides and compare.
Mine measures pretty close to symmetrical. I centered the new axle between the frame rails and squared it to the hitch coupler. The stock Scamp axle placement put the tire closer to one side of the body. Whether this was deliberate or just loose tolerances I don't know.
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:18 PM   #24
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OK, on mine street-side measures around 3.5 from bottom of upper floor (frame) to molding all the way back to bumper. Curbside measures around 8 by door and tapers to 3.5 back by marker light. So the front wheel well opening really curves under. When i first bought the Scamp thought something was seriously wrong with it as the curbside tire seemed to be more tucked into the opening than streetside. Went with 14 inch tires and definitely had to trim curbside opening more. My axle or body isnt offset to the frame ,as far as I can tell. Russ I would go with the loose tolerance theory
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Russ, sorry I realized after looking back at all your post that you where just using the need for an axle as an excuse to upgrade the tires.
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:29 PM   #26
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I finished the axle replacement a couple of weeks ago and it is working as it should. I attached a few more pics of the project. The first shot is the spacer tube welded to the frame. It had to be cantelevered off of the frame to provide welding room on the inside which was blocked by the floor OSB sheathing. The second shot shows a kicker plate which handles the cantelevered loads by transfering the forces up to the side of the main frame member.
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:41 PM   #27
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More progress shots.
The first pic is of the Flexiride axle splined axle shaft. The second is the adjustable trailing arm spindle. The trailing arm is adjustable for height only, not width, as there is a groove that mates with the pinch bolt making the width non-variable. The third pic is the axle tube mounted under the trailer before the new brakes and hubs were installed. The axle was bolted to the spacer tubes with 1/2" grade 8 flange head bolts and locking nuts. The original Scamp axle was welded to the floor supports to help support the center of the floor. I fabbed a bolt together strut to serve the same purpose, but be removable with the axle.
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:53 PM   #28
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More project shots.
The first shows the axle under the trailer with the floor support strut in place. The second pic is the trailer and TV in a supermarket parking lot with the new axle, wheels and tires. The third was taken on her first outing to Carlsbad State Beach Campground.
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