Originally Posted by sammonilla
Anyone see this?? I had a tire fail and was removing them to replace with new ones. Of course I jacked up the trailer on the frame and never the axle. The funny thing is now I have rub marks on the inside edge of the TT on the left side wheel well area. The axle seems to be bent in the upward position and should cause the top of the wheel to bow outboard??? I always try to make sure we are not overweight, (the TT anyways!!). Any thoughts?? What about the axle bend?? Think it is safe to tow??
Your axle looks normal. Axles come pre-loaded with a certain amount of camber built in and they arch upwards. And, as was mentioned it helps them (under loading) to remain straight.
You really didn't define which side the tire failed? If the tire failed on the right side, it could have left the axle drop enough (on the right side) that it created clearance issues between the tire and wheel-well on the left side and caused it to rub the left side. When the tire went flat it would have allowed the axle to drop on that side and angle down to the extent the clearance from the pre-set camber then wouldn't matter.
I would think once you get a new tire and have it mounted to the axle, all will be fine again as far as clearance issues. Only you can decide if the rubbing on the tire in the picture has done enough damage to be safe?
Now... if the tire that failed was on the left side AND the rubbing is on the left side, I suspect something is out of align. Possibly the rubbing caused the tire to fail?