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Old 03-05-2012, 07:57 PM   #11
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So it looks like Ill go with the AL KO U40

upgrade to 4000-4400 lbs
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:56 PM   #12
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I had to replace the front axle on my 2006 Rockwood 8314ss right after the warrenty went out in 2007, the cost was $700.00 bucks plus two breaks and back plates. The axle had to be ordered and had taken two weeks to get, I suggest if you are going to do the work make sure you have a floor jack handy and if your axles are any thing like mine and they have slots where they are to be mounted make sure the axle is pushed all the way towards the rear of the camper before you tighten them up. Mine were AL-CO axles.

When I received my axle the mounting brackets were not square to each other and you can not make any adjustments because they are welded, that is another story in my book....Good luck.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:12 PM   #13
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I have replaced both 3500# pound axles on a utility trailer due to being bent - they were overloaded and when I bought the trailer I thought it was bearings - so wrong I was.
I took one of the axle's out and brought it to a trailer shop to have them verify what I needed as far as perch spacing and then ordered two axles - which fit perfect when I was done. I did replace the U Bolts which I would suggest you should as well when replacing the axles for peace of mind.

a floor jack and jack stands are a must and if you have done that kind of work to your truck then replacing axles are going to be a breeze.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:03 AM   #14
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I would like to clarify, my axles had torsion suspension, no "U" bolts.
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:43 PM   #15
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Yes, mine are torsion also....
CampingWorld told me about $1900 total for parts and labor.....oye....
I keep returning to the idea of doing it myself....I just dont think I 'want' to do it.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:32 PM   #16
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while on a 1200 mile trip from SoCal to Seattle, WA i noticed uneven wear on inside of front axle driver's side tire of my Rockwood 1809.
all other tires were wearing normally.

upon further review...the torsion arm was noticeably bent, the tires are out of alignment. i must have hit a pot hole @ 60mph, not sure how else it would have happened.

so i have replaced the bad tire with a good spare for the time being.

because the torsion arm is bent, the entire axle must be replaced, or so i've been told by a number of specialists. to remove the axle, it's basically just 4 bolts (two on each side).

i have decided to NOT replace the electric brake drums on the axle because it doubles the cost and the brakes are fine.
to remove the brake drums there are 4 bolts on each side, plus the brake wires.

so, i called to find out about replacing just the Al-Ko 2,000# axle.

as noted in a post above, it takes 2-3 weeks. my axle ships from Oklahoma. since i am on a road trip I cannot wait three weeks in Seattle for my axle. so i'll ship it to a distributor near my home.

the cost for one axle (parts only) is $250. Shipping is $150.

i will be driving south to my SoCal home next week. i expect that i'll ruin another tire during the 1200 mile run.

bottom line...this fix will cost me $400 for axle (+ my labor) + $250 for two new tires (original one that wore unevenly + the spare that will probably be ruined on my trip home).

i'll update this thread if i experience anything out of the ordinary.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:37 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by avocadoman1 View Post
while on a 1200 mile trip from SoCal to Seattle, WA i noticed uneven wear on inside of front axle driver's side tire of my Rockwood 1809.
all other tires were wearing normally.

upon further review...the torsion arm was noticeably bent, the tires are out of alignment. i must have hit a pot hole @ 60mph, not sure how else it would have happened.

so i have replaced the bad tire with a good spare for the time being.

because the torsion arm is bent, the entire axle must be replaced, or so i've been told by a number of specialists. to remove the axle, it's basically just 4 bolts (two on each side).

i have decided to NOT replace the electric brake drums on the axle because it doubles the cost and the brakes are fine.
to remove the brake drums there are 4 bolts on each side, plus the brake wires.

so, i called to find out about replacing just the Al-Ko 2,000# axle.

as noted in a post above, it takes 2-3 weeks. my axle ships from Oklahoma. since i am on a road trip I cannot wait three weeks in Seattle for my axle. so i'll ship it to a distributor near my home.

the cost for one axle (parts only) is $250. Shipping is $150.

i will be driving south to my SoCal home next week. i expect that i'll ruin another tire during the 1200 mile run.

bottom line...this fix will cost me $400 for axle (+ my labor) + $250 for two new tires (original one that wore unevenly + the spare that will probably be ruined on my trip home).

i'll update this thread if i experience anything out of the ordinary.

I did notice on my old tt that the holes where the axle bolted to
The frame were slotted.
You may need to correctly align that axle once installed via squared with the frame and other axle.
just an fyi
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:13 PM   #18
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Axle

While you are at it, drill holes in the bottom of the tube that the axle bracket seats on, the holes are already in the axle supports. I installed 1/2x1-1/2" grade 8 bolts & self locking nuts to the front & rear of each support so I didn't have to rely on the side bolts in slots holding. Over time, regardless of how tight you get the side bolts, they will slip and let the axle support come down in the front. With the bolts thru the top of the support, it is not possible. Have had 4 trailers with the torsion axles and all 16 axles moved within a yr. After installing the top bolts, they never moved again. Just did it to our new 2012 Flagstaff 8528RKWS as it had moved about 1/16" and it was just towed from the factory to Concord, NC and about 15 miles to our house.
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