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Old 04-30-2013, 09:47 AM   #11
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I would also go with a slightly heavier axle since you are changing them. Instead of 3500lbs use 5000 lbs axles. Normally lug patterns are the same on the 5 lug axles. Also a good heavy truck alignment shop may be able to realign.
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I'll look into heavier axles when ordering

I found trailer repair shop nearby (semi tractor trailers) they said "bring it by"
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:31 PM   #12
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I had a bent spindle on an axle manufactured by ALCO. I am at a loss how this could have occurred since I don't remember hitting anything like a pot hole or curb.

With my 2 year warranty FR went to bat for me with ALCO and they agreed to sell me an axle at a cost of $80 vs. the normal $500. Of course, I still have to pay labor charges.

It doesn't hurt to ask!
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:47 PM   #13
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I had a bent spindle on an axle manufactured by ALCO. I am at a loss how this could have occurred since I don't remember hitting anything like a pot hole or curb.

With my 2 year warranty FR went to bat for me with ALCO and they agreed to sell me an axle at a cost of $80 vs. the normal $500. Of course, I still have to pay labor charges.

It doesn't hurt to ask!
Thanks for the info!!
I'll definitely be trying that route. Sounds like my issue exactly.
I think however I only have a one year warranty.
But it's worth a shot.
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Unfortunately, Lippert does not have the best of reputations for stepping up to the plate and fixing things. Check out Google. They tend to blame the owner for overloading, driving through potholes and the like. We have a brand spanking new TT with a Lippert frame. The day after we bought it, we discovered that 5 out of 6 spring hangers are bent. One is bent 1/2" out of vertical. Lippert can't say we abused it somehow, that's for sure. Still waiting to hear from our dealer how Lippert is going to deal with this. Funny thing is, the tech. at the dealer looked at several other trailers on their lot and they all have the same problem!! What the heck?

Perhaps axles could be bent from day one?? I've heard one explanation is that the drivers who deliver these from the plants don't always drive them carefully.

OP, if you are still within warranty, you should start a paper trail to be able to prove when you found your problem. Otherwise, unfortunately, it might just be easier to fix it yourself. Be glad you don't have a cracked frame like some have had.

From Lippert's website "Our quality program flows through ever facet of our product develeopment lifecycle. We are dedicated to supplying the highest quality products to our customers because if they aren't happy we're not happy!" Right. Two out of two TTs for us have had Lippert problems. I know we aren't alone.

Oh, the joys of owning an RV. Almost seems like if you don't have at least one problem of some kind, you got lucky. Last (and first) TT had problems with the brakes and Lippert that took over a year to fix. Turned out the brakes were faulty from the factory.
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I hope you have looked under the unit from the rear and checked that the axles have been mounted properly from the factory, when you look you will see the axles are bowed ' banana like' the mid-part of the bow should be high 'arc up' if it is down the axles have been installed up-side down and this would cause the tire wear you describe.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:29 PM   #16
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I hope you have looked under the unit from the rear and checked that the axles have been mounted properly from the factory, when you look you will see the axles are bowed ' banana like' the mid-part of the bow should be high 'arc up' if it is down the axles have been installed up-side down and this would cause the tire wear you describe.
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I'll check that as well!
Unfortunately I have to store my TT about 40 miles away and not always convenient to go check things but I will definitely look at that.
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Is that "common" by the way?
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DDC, how much of a bow should there be? I looked at our axles and held up a 6' straightedge and they were pretty straight. I'd have to get some gauges out to see if there is a bow or not.

Is there a purpose of having a bow? Is it to preload the axle so that the weight of the trailer moves the spindles to a static position? Just curious....

Hopefully this does not mean if there is no perceptible bow that the axles have not become "un-bowed" during transit to the dealer.
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The bow is for when the axles are loaded and then flex straight.

Just remember that places like Lippert and FR get attacked every day so going at them mad to begin with will likely get you nowhere.

I know that it seams rather backwards but to get a resolution it will pay to be calm and if the offer from either of these companies is not good then you know what you have to do.

I can tell you that I would rather get it done right and get to camping instead of being frustrated and not camping spending time fighting with people who will not help with the problem.

Hope all turns out well.
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The bow should be visible, it's not a bend just a bow and like Lynkage said it adjusts with the load. It is not common but I have seen it four times before and two of them were in the UK so it's not just a lippert thing.
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