Originally Posted by Francesca Knowles
My understanding is that hubs can't be replaced on the "Rub-R-Ride" axle (Dexter predecessor) that came on the early Trilliums.
Axle fixes are usually replacement jobs on this trailer.
Axles might be the most-discussed topic here- there's a real long thread discussion from earlier this year- very illuminating at least for me...
Along about post #40, some excellent, easy instructions are given about how to evaluate your axles condition.
Cost of axle
Hope this helps!
The hubs can be replaced, but the spindles can not. I don't subscribe to the "fist test" but it is a persistent myth. Wear on the outside of the tire is not a typical sign of axle wear, but it could be a sign of other troubles, like excessive tow-in on one side or a defective tire or axle impact damage.
A normally worn out torsion axle will likely show excessive tow-out or negative camber, each displaying wear to the inside edge of the tire.
Also if you can determine the axle's original no load set angle, it is starting to show "wear out" at about 15 degrees up from that.
A Dexter will take a few degrees of set in the first few miles then settle down to a long life of gradual deterioration in angle. Keep in mind that like most of us, these trailers tend to gain weight
over time and that affects road height as well. Also when using the fist test , bear in mind that most of these trailers also end up with a larger than stock tire,and many went from biased tires
to radials so overall diameter can be changed.
Also the wheel wells are not going to be the same on both sides when new and the weight
distribution will not be even.
The "Fist Test" is less reliable than most "Rules of Thumb" but it does offer a simplistic solution to a somewhat complex problem.