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Old 04-06-2014, 10:11 AM   #51
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Yes we did back it at an angle into place, however, this is our 3rd new tt and we never had this problem before. This is however our first Dexter Axle Independent Suspension TorflexRubberTorsion Axle. We are not sure if it is supposed to "flex" in this way or not?

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Old 04-06-2014, 10:51 AM   #52
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Same thing happens to mine. The axles are riding on rubber "inserts" instead of springs. This will allow a bit of off chamber when turning - most noticeable when backing into a space. Always back to normal when going straight.
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:06 AM   #53
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So it's not a problem? Some posts indicate a night mare of a problem?

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Old 04-06-2014, 11:08 AM   #54
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The wear on our tires doesn't seem to be bad or uneven

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Old 04-06-2014, 11:14 AM   #55
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If you look at the picture of the axles and the way they are supported you can see the possibility of some off chamber movement as well as some up-down movement.
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:34 AM   #56
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Take it to a frame and axle shop !!
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:07 PM   #57
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At the end of the day the yello-tag weight states that the unit weighs nearly 6700# and has 7000# axle capacity on a long tt that sleeps 10 (closely) and depends on the hitch weight of 722 to allow 1000# of options, water, etc. Sounds too close to limits to then add weight distributing hitch that allows distribution of weight. Our old 4200# unit had 3500 axles that allowed for much more. We shopped for replacement TT for a long time reading yellow tag capacitys carefully and didn't see cargo capacity so low on such a big unit. If FR won't help further and you have to consider other options like trading it in or you might be surprised at how low the cost of replacing the complete axle -spring assembley if frame and tire capacities allows for heavier replacement. Be careful not to create a new problem, it's only as strong as it's weakest point. Good luck.
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:22 PM   #58
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Well, I finally have an update, disappointing as it is. I spoke to the dealer Friday and found out that the weight he gave me is the total weight of the unit. They actually put it on the scale, disconnected, and pulled the truck away. Apparently the dry weight not the sticker is a little high since the only thing missing for a trip is two children's bikes and some clothes.

That would be the good news.

The bad news is that they can find nothing wrong with the camper. After taking all their measurements nothing is out of spec, apparently including the camber on the wheels as it sits. He told me that he hadn't mentioned the frame damage to FR yet because he said all they will say is that I "hit a pothole." Problem is, you would think I would remember hitting something that hit hard enough to do that kind of damage. At the very least, with as much as it sways hitting a pothole big enough to do that should have slung us off the road.

Apparently the manufacturer representative is supposed to look at it tomorrow and I should get an update tomorrow afternoon. Apparently the only idea the dealer has is to install some kind of kit that helps to distribute the camper weight better. Somehow I am not encouraged. I'm already scared to death to tow the thing with my family in the car, and the only fix will be to install something that "should" distribute the camper's weight?

The service manager suggested that if I decided to trade it, FR might be willing to give us something extra on top of the trade in value. Anyone want to take a guess on how likely I think that is?
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Old 04-08-2014, 04:10 PM   #59
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Ok folks, I could use some advice. I spoke to the service manager at my dealer today. Neither they nor FR can find anything wrong or out of measurement. He told me FR says nothing is wrong and they will do nothing for me.

He said they have thought long and hard on it and have determined that the unit may be constantly swaying behind us while we travel and that it just gets worse when we are passed. He says the constant sway would cause the tires to eat away like they have. He wants to try an E4 hitch, which I believe has previously been mentioned here, thinking that will solve all my problems.

Does this sound like a feasible solution that would fix things for me, or am I basically getting told something to make me go away? My very first question was how much, and apparently they will give me the hitch for nothing if it solves things. They want me to bring the tow vehicle in and hook up with my hitch, then "test drive" it, and then try the E4 hitch and do the same thing. That sounds like a reasonable plan, except I am sure the thing will behave fine with someone from the shop riding along.
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Old 04-08-2014, 04:16 PM   #60
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I would take it to a reputable trailer shop, have them flip the axles, check alignment and go from there. To me, your dealer and whomever he is (supposedly) talking to at FR are blowing smoke and don't have a clue what is going on especially with the frame hitting the U bolts on the axle.
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