Total Axle Exchange on 1980's Scamp trailer - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-02-2011, 05:16 PM   #1
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Total Axle Exchange on 1980's Scamp trailer

Hi,
I just purchased my new fiber baby.
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f80/sold-1981-scamp-in-nevada-best-offer-45277.html
And once home I noticed that the trailer is unusual low and that everything is flying around when towed. After some research I came to the conclusion that the suspension/axle is done for.
First, I called Scamp and they quoted me $310 for a new axle not including shipping or taxes. The axle they claimed is a special order item that cannot be purchased over the counter (they also suggested to use ST175/80r13 as the new replacement tires).
Second, I found a local trailer store (http://pacwesttrailers.com/) that can weld. Their take is that instead of replacing the axle it would be more advisable to retrofit the trailer with leaf springs and straight axle for $600.
So, what is your thought on that? Is that too much money? Also, I remember reading somewhere that the trailer may not be strong/sturdy enough for that kind of retrofit. Your input is being appreciated.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:44 PM   #2
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There's a reason most of these travel trailers have torsion axles rather than leaf springs. It's a better ride for the trailer. Scamp is wrong, you can purchase the axle (once you have the measurements). Check with a utility trailer building company in your area. AND, you want the axle bolted on (brackets are welded), then bolt the axle to the brackets.

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Old 05-03-2011, 10:49 AM   #3
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Thank you for your reply. So, torsion with mounting bracket it is. Now, it gets even more confusing for me. When I read up on the discussions I find that there appears to be different opinions on leading vs. trailing and the degree of angle that the axle comes in. Should I even bother to make modifications or just stick with the original? And what was the original?
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:13 PM   #4
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I changed mine to trailing arm 22 1/2 degree down 1000 -2200 capacity torflex dexter axle. Mine sits high but tows level with my truck.
http://dexteraxle.com/i/u/1080235/f/..._Lbs_12-10.pdf
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:19 PM   #5
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Kevin,
Nice Scamp and I like the height. How did the change in direction effect your center of gravity? Also, did you weld the axle directly or did you use the mounting brackets? Finally, is there anything else that I need to consider when ordering the axle?

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Old 05-03-2011, 12:36 PM   #6
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I used mounting brackets. Also no problems with center of gravity.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:39 PM   #7
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A few more pictures to see the height.
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Old 05-03-2011, 02:56 PM   #8
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Great pictures. I like the tires and wheels. What size are they?
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:20 PM   #9
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175/80D/13 goodyear
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:29 PM   #10
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Kevin,
Do you remember if you used low or high profile brackets?

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Old 05-04-2011, 05:30 PM   #11
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...and how did you get your trailer this shiny?
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