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Old 10-12-2018, 03:43 PM   #1
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On my 13 ft 2017 deluxe scamp has a tire leaning slightly inward on the top. The thread of the tire is worn on the inside. Any thoughts what would be the problem. And where it would best be to take it to be repaired? Thank you for any input.

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Old 10-12-2018, 05:29 PM   #2
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Bearing could be going out. Get fixed before it chews up the spindle, or you may be buying a whole new axle. Any tire store, auto repair shop or such can replace a bearing. Axle replacements are best done by a trailer specialty shop.
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Old 10-12-2018, 05:38 PM   #3
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Thanks Mike for your opinion. I know where to start. Thanks again!
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Old 10-12-2018, 07:05 PM   #4
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I suggest that you contact Scamp, or Lippert, especially if the trailer is still less than a year old.
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Old 10-12-2018, 08:14 PM   #5
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Floyd , Our scamp is June 2017 so it is a little over a year old. ��
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Old 10-13-2018, 07:49 AM   #6
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Floyd , Our scamp is June 2017 so it is a little over a year old. ��
Unless you have some how unduly mistreated it, this issue in a year or so is terrible advertising. I would hope Scamp would be at the minimum interested to know the cause and hopefully willing to rectify the problem.
If you haven't called them you should at least give them the opportunity to respond, you never know.
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Old 10-13-2018, 08:34 AM   #7
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Unless you have some how unduly mistreated it, this issue in a year or so is terrible advertising. I would hope Scamp would be at the minimum interested to know the cause and hopefully willing to rectify the problem.
If you haven't called them you should at least give them the opportunity to respond, you never know.
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I agree but I think first I would take it by some tire and auto shops and get some opinions on what the issue might be. Axle damage? Install error? Normal wear? etc.. If I were close to Backus I would take the Scamp there but if not, I would want more information before I called the Evelands. After all, they can't tell what the problem is over the phone.
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Old 10-13-2018, 08:46 AM   #8
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Hi Fred, I hit a pothole. But didn't notice any damage at that time. I assume full responsibility. Just trying to narrow down the possible problem. I plan on taking it in to be repaired asap. Appreciate all the helpful input.
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:01 AM   #9
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Gordon2, I wish I lived close to Backus. But I will take it somewhere to get it assessed.
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:17 AM   #10
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Hi Fred, I hit a pothole. But didn't notice any damage at that time. I assume full responsibility. Just trying to narrow down the possible problem. I plan on taking it in to be repaired asap. Appreciate all the helpful input.
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OK, well sounds like you need some professional help all right.
If it's not the bearing assembly then most likely the axle, any shop with a frame straightener will fix a bent axle no problem.
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Edit,,, Might be time to look at a heavier axle if a pothole bent it?
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LOL.....how did you know I needed professional help. Thanks so much for all the input it has been very helpful.
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Old 10-16-2018, 11:04 AM   #12
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Jack up the axle so the tire is off the ground. grab the tire on each side and try to rock the tire right and left in an in and out motion. if it is wiggly take it straight to a repair shop for full assessment. After bearings are verified to be properly adjusted and in working order then they can check for other causes such as wheel out of alignment. Don't go to an RV shop go to a trailer specialty shop, one that builds all kinds of trailers not RV's and preferably one that has been in business a long time.
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:28 PM   #13
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Jack up the axle so the tire is off the ground. grab the tire on each side and try to rock the tire right and left in an in and out motion. if it is wiggly take it straight to a repair shop for full assessment.
This is the first step and one you can check at home easily. If there is a large amount of play in the wheel, it may be a bad or extremely loose bearing. Look for this possible problem first.

I doubt it's the problem, but it's the first thing to check off the list. If it was the problem the brakes would also be in serious trouble and you likely would have noticed that too.

I'm going with a bent axle as the cause. That will require axle replacement and not be a warrantee issue. If that is the issue, you might consider going up to the next heavier axle.
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To clarify; I would not jack up the axle. I would jack up the trailer on the frame, near the axle.
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To clarify; I would not jack up the axle. I would jack up the trailer on the frame, near the axle.
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Old 10-18-2018, 06:39 AM   #16
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Just curious, Connie... Is your S13D a bath model? They tend to be the heaviest of the 13's, often close to 2000# loaded.

If the axle is indeed damaged, I agree it might be worth considering a higher capacity axle. The OEM axle is a 2200# Lippert. Next size up is 3500#, but it can be de-tuned to 2500#. You get larger brakes for better stopping as a bonus. You could also raise the ride height a few inches for improved clearance on speed bumps and driveway aprons.

OTOH, sticking with the same size axle keeps the cost down. You can reuse the current brakes.

Let us know what the axle shop finds.
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Old 10-18-2018, 07:57 PM   #17
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Jon,
Will keep you posted on what they find. family is needing some help so I can't take it in right now. Thanks for your help.
Happy camping,
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Old 10-20-2018, 12:13 PM   #18
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Overload?

My guess is that the trailer has been either overloaded or run frequently at full load; our Bigfoot 17 CB had the same issue and we took it to a suspension specialist and had the axle straightened; not a big deal; I've been wondering if it is possible and recommended to install a heavier axle; any thoughts on that, forum readers?
Oops; just read the other existing posts; looks like axle replacement is an option; thanks for the input!
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