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Old 12-07-2012, 07:55 AM   #11
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Most manufacturers will cut close to the limits. We ordered a 2012 FR 26-FKWS Flagstaff. We are very happy with the unit. It's rated (loaded) at 7,000# and it had two 3,000# axles. The dealer called Dexter and was told NO they would not upgrade them to 3,500# or anything. I called the same morning and within 1 minute was told YES we will ship this week and we'll alert the dealer. At that time I didn't know that the dealer had called just before I did. I asked why and basically was told, "Because you the consumer figured out that the unit was not suspended correctly we will change the axles." The following week the dealer received several units that had 3,500# axles but the sticker on the front left of the unit had listed 3,000# axles. Now the bad part of the story. We got the unit June 1st., went to my class reunion and on the way home 6 weeks after we left the TT was totaled by a dump truck in a Pilot gas station. All was well, no injuries and within 30 days all $$$$ was settled and we ordered the same unit. We were assured that it would come with 3,500# axles. Well 7 weeks later it was delivered with 3,000# axles. So the dealer ordered 3,500# axles. They arrived and were installed 2 weeks ago. We stopped to pick the unit up and guess what they did??? They installed another set of 3,000# axles. The tech didn't bother to check the new axles. The problem was finally corrected by the dealer by removing a set of 3,500# axles from a unit on the lot. That was my suggestion originally but who am I. The TT is sitting in the drive and we are happy so far.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:05 AM   #12
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In regards to upgrading an existing axle. The first thing that I do when getting a new unit is: Replace the tires with a better brand and a greater load capacity if they make one. Change the bearings with ToYo brand and hand pack the wheels with synthetic Amzoil grease. Then correctly adjust the wheel bearing clearance. Then I will install shocks after I design and build what ever I need to so they are mounted close to vertical. If the unit has leaf springs I would also change to either bronze or the newer Never-Wear bushing and wet bolts (bolts that have grease fitting so the bushings can be lubed). That's about all you can do to a set of axles. There are a few other suspension goodies but you can't increase the load rating (heavier springs) because the axle housing would be overloaded. Dexter told me that the difference between the 3,000# and the 3,500# Tor-Flex axle was that they added more of the rubber compound inside the axle housing.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:09 PM   #13
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I bought my 27HFS (3500#) in another state and moved here to VA, my tires are rubbing, went to nearest FR dealer and they told me that they haven't heard a thing about it but you can bring it in an will look at it for $99.00 even thou its still under FR's warranty , is this common.
New wheels with a bigger offset would probably fix this too.
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