1989 Casita Axle Replacement - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-25-2020, 09:48 AM   #1
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1989 Casita Axle Replacement

I have a 1989 Casita 16 and am wanting to change the axle to the "high rise" style to get the camper up in the air for clearance, tank draining etc. What I am learning is that when my unit was manufactured they installed the axle backwards with the trailing arms facing forward and not rearward as seems logical. The trailer shop says the way the frame is made one cannot simply flip the axle around so it faces the right way. I'm wondering if anyone has faced this problem before and if a conventional axle with leaf springs, as used in most other travel trailers, could be used. Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old 06-25-2020, 11:00 AM   #2
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Flipping a 31 year old axle makes no sense to me. Axle manufacturers list usable life to be 15 years. which is probably conservative (can last longer). But you are already double that amount.


I am not buying this assumption: "a conventional axle with leaf springs, as used in most other travel trailer" Many, RV trailers use torsion axles. It is not limited to molded FG. For example, Airstreams use torsion axles.
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Old 06-26-2020, 06:42 AM   #3
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I have a conventional axle on my 81 Trillium 5500, it seems to work well, it was there when I bought it, Just a word of caution, make sure your frame will support the stress difference because of changing the load points

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I am curious to learn how your axle project turns out. We have a '93 16 foot FD that is overdue for the same procedure. If it weren't for the fact the old axle was welded in place I would do the replacement myself. Welding is one area I am not proficient in.
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I have seen the forward axle/wheel setup B 4 and just cant understand the reason for it.
Seams to me that when the wheel hits a pothole it would put undo stress on things.
if you find an OLD Welder that has been in business for decades they may be able to work some things out for you. Also: Do not weld a new one on, BOLT it on so it will be easy to replace as needed.
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