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Old 06-20-2012, 05:06 PM   #15
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Yea, the point I was making was that the difference between an axle set up for brakes and one not set up is whether that little square bracket is welded onto the spindle.

So, a competent fab shop should be able to slide on the bracket, true it and weld it for a nominal amount, especially if you hire them to install the brakes and new hubs.
Every shop I called and asked about putting flanges on refused. Saying it wasn't a good idea if even possible. Not saying it can't be done, just saying it sounds like it could be done wrong and not many welders seem to want to try it.

I think some hubs may have had tabs for aligning the brake bracket, but mine didn't. So those may make the difference.

If the axle's 15 years old, I'd want a new one. That said, if you can weld the brake brackets/flanges on it will probably be dramatically cheaper. But I'd be happy to pay the money to know my axle was fresh and my brakes weren't going to fall off my hubs.
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:11 PM   #16
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............. But I'd be happy to pay the money to know my axle was fresh and my brakes weren't going to fall off my hubs.
As long as we are spending someone else's money, I agree!
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As long as we are spending someone else's money, I agree!
Speak for yourself, don't include me in that "we". I actually did make this same call with my own money.
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:26 PM   #18
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Hello Will and welcome to the forum. The axles on my 2010 Trillium were purchased from a chain called Redneck Trailer Supplies. There is one in eastern Pennsylvania. My axles are Dexter axles with both the bracket that allows the axle to be bolted on and the brakes. I would think a spring and axle shop could get and install an axle but Redneck might have one in stock. Raz

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Hello Will and welcome to the forum. The axles on my 2010 Trillium were purchased from a chain called Redneck Trailer Supplies. There is one in eastern Pennsylvania. My axles are Dexter axles with both the bracket that allows the axle to be bolted on and the brakes. I would think a spring and axle shop could get and install an axle but Redneck might have one in stock. Raz

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Thanks Raz, I will check them out. Although judging from the website and previous posts in this thread, its becoming apparent that I am painfully un-knowledgable in all things axle related. That torflex order form makes my head hurt. If I called or emailed the redneck trailer guy with some specs of the camper would they be able to figure things out for me?
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Thanks Raz, I will check them out. Although judging from the website and previous posts in this thread, its becoming apparent that I am painfully un-knowledgable in all things axle related. That torflex order form makes my head hurt. If I called or emailed the redneck trailer guy with some specs of the camper would they be able to figure things out for me?
I would find a spring and chassis shop and let them deal with it. Try an RV dealer and ask who does their axle work. The axle needs to be installed correctly or you will have tire issues just like on a car. Perhaps if they order, you can pick up. Save shipping.
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I would find a spring and chassis shop and let them deal with it. Try an RV dealer and ask who does their axle work. The axle needs to be installed correctly or you will have tire issues just like on a car. Perhaps if they order, you can pick up. Save shipping.
Bottom line. These are the most important parts on your trailer, the axle and brakes. Well, rims and tires are probably the most important, but axle is second!

I took mine to a local shop that specializes in building custom trailers from scratch and repairing frames, axles and running gear. Everyone I mentioned them to in the RV business around here had good things to say. I'd pay a little more than I'd ideally like to and be at rest knowing my axle is straight and will stay that way.

Call up BDA Trailer if your ever around Albuquerque.
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I actually did make this same call with my own money.
I concur, I've done it twice. The first was out of need, the second was prophylactic based on the realized benefits of the first.
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To the OP - since you are buying it from a member here, why don't you ask him to look and verify if it has the brake mounting flanges.

If not, take it to a trailer fab or brake/spring shop and ask them for recommendations as to how to proceed. They may have some other options.
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To the OP - since you are buying it from a member here, why don't you ask him to look and verify if it has the brake mounting flanges.

If not, take it to a trailer fab or brake/spring shop and ask them for recommendations as to how to proceed. They may have some other options.
That's good thinking.

Pictures perhaps?
I have some pics of mine before the operation, I can take some post op. if that's of any use for reference.
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So it looks like he already sold it. Can't say I am too upset as it would have been a lot to put brakes on it. I would have spent over $6,000 for a 1998, when new 13' scamps go for about ~$8,200 right now.
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So it looks like he already sold it. Can't say I am too upset as it would have been a lot to put brakes on it. I would have spent over $6,000 for a 1998, when new 13' scamps go for about ~$8,200 right now.
Sorry, I know how disappointing that can be. There are others posted everyday, though, and you may find a better deal closer to you. Plus, now you know a little more about what to look for in the chassis department.

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So it looks like he already sold it. ...
... when new 13' scamps go for about ~$8,200 right now.
From the timing of both your posts, I thought he was thinking you were buying it. Has he told you it may not be available?

~$8200 is that for a base model or some options?
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From the timing of both your posts, I thought he was thinking you were buying it. Has he told you it may not be available?

~$8200 is that for a base model or some options?
Yeah I emailed him with an offer that would make it a bit more attractive for me to put more cost into the axles, and he informed me a texas couple had bought it full price, sight unseen.
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