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Old 02-18-2013, 01:46 PM   #1
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Axle Issue - Am I being told a tale?

I have extreme wearing on the outside of the rear left tire on my dual axle toy hauler late last fall. I took it into my local RV service location to determine cause. The tire had approximately 3,500 miles on it. In a previous thread, some suggested that I have the alignment checked.

I just spoke with the RV service center tech about this issue. He did measurements to check alignment and all is okay. He thinks it may be a bent spindle on the axle and wants to replace the axle.

My questions are:

1. Does this sound logical? We have never hit anything to bend the spindle. Anything else I should ask him to check?

2. The axle in question is manufactured by AL-KO. It looks like they have a 2 year warranty but require you to crate and ship the old axle back for inspection before they decide it it is covered. I am not getting my hopes up on that. I saw the FR warranty excludes axles. Any suggestions on how to get this covered under warranty? We are 21 months from purchase but have the extra FR warranty.

3. The quote I am getting on a replacement axle (45-P 5200 LB) is $561.00 plus shipping. Any recommendations on replacement axles - manufacturer, source, ect?

Thanks so much for your assistance!

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Old 02-18-2013, 02:06 PM   #2
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Sorry to here about the axle issue. Since we both have the same trailer and I have no issues with the original tires ( over 9k on the original tires) here is what I did to look at my trailer .I put my trailer on jack stands and drop a line with a plumb bob to straight lines that I drew on the cement. I then checked to see is the axles were in line with the straight line that I drew off of the frame as the reference for the set up. The plumb bob will tell you if its straight with the frame and the distance of the plumb bobs will tell you if they are the same. I would believe that if you only have wear on one tire, you do probably have an axle issue. I have the ability to check with lasers to see if all is parallel. Please pm me if I can help with your issue.


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Old 02-18-2013, 03:04 PM   #3
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a bent spindle can be as easy as bumping a curb. The price for the axle does not sound out of line, though most good axle shops should be able to replace just the spindle. I know I had a dexter done last year on my car hauler for less than 250.

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Old 02-18-2013, 04:13 PM   #4
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I have read several posts of getting axles replaced under the FR warranty. Start there.

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Old 02-18-2013, 05:41 PM   #5
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Here is how our tire looked when I pulled it. All of the wear was on the outside.

Price I quoted for the axle above is for the part only. Labor at $120 an hour is to be added as well.

Can anyone who had Forest River replace an axle under warranty share how they did it?
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:57 PM   #6
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call FR and ask. or have your dealer call and see what they can do for you
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:55 PM   #7
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I couldn't exactly follow what Jester on post #2 did but I'm sure if done carefully it will show any bent problems. I also know this much about alignments. Except for the toe setting, it is very difficult to use a tape measure to determine alignment issues. We are talking about parts of a degree which is almost impossible to measure with out a good alignment machine. TT's don't really have any alignment angles to deal with. The axles can be mounted at an angle with one tire closer to the front or rear than the other or be bent causing one or both tires to tilt in or out. If overloaded an axle will bend and both tires will camber in and both will wear on the outside. If you only had one tire wear I'd suspect a bent axle or spindle.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:20 PM   #8
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From the picture it looks like the spindle is bent. I had this happen to my boat trailer when I ran over a curb making a tight turn.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:47 PM   #9
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I have seen spindles and axles bend from making an EXTREMELY tight turn while under a load. A slight bend and cause a tire to wear fast. Possibley happened before you took possesion. I hope FR can help you out on the warranty when it's all said and done!
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:11 PM   #10
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It looks like a bad tire. Do you still have your chinabombs on. I thought I had a bad axle so I ordered a new one from Lippert it cost 125.00. Had it a day later. I also put on a set of Firestone Transforce HT and 3 out of 4 tires had bad belts.

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