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Old 04-08-2016, 02:04 PM   #11
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A simple rope test. Front of trailer same spot on both sides to the centre of some point on the wheel will tell if it has shifted
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Old 04-08-2016, 02:06 PM   #12
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For those axles to have moved as much as those pictures show they would have sheared the bolts and be falling off. By the pictures it looks to be at least 6" total if not more. The rear end of the trailer would be on the shoulder of the road. Maybe the fender skirts were always offset like that since the day it was built and the axles haven't moved? Could you of just never noticed it?

Need to measure back the main rail on each side to a common point on both sides at the axle to know for sure. I would not put it past them to have cut the wheel clearance in the wrong location and then slid one of the skirts forward or back to cover it. Take a tape measure first and measure from the rear corner to the skirts.
I agree completely.
Torsion axles are bolted directly to the frame spacers. They can move a very small amount (maybe 5/8") but if the axles are truly shifted that far, there cannot be any bolts in the mounting holes!
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Unless the torsion axles are bolted vertically thru the axle support into the framework, they can shift as they are bolted to the trailer thru slots which have a tendency to move. Mine on the 08 Flagstaff were shifted when I picked it up new from the dealer. Part of the deal on the 12 was that the dealer bolt them vertically thru the support with a total of 8 bolts, 2 per wheel.
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Have you noticed any abnormal tire wear? I would think that would be an indicator.
The towing problems started so late in the season last year that I really didn't pull it very many miles before I winterized it and parked it.
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A simple rope test. Front of trailer same spot on both sides to the centre of some point on the wheel will tell if it has shifted
I'll try that this afternoon.
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I agree completely.
Torsion axles are bolted directly to the frame spacers. They can move a very small amount (maybe 5/8") but if the axles are truly shifted that far, there cannot be any bolts in the mounting holes!
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Unless the torsion axles are bolted vertically thru the axle support into the framework, they can shift as they are bolted to the trailer thru slots which have a tendency to move. Mine on the 08 Flagstaff were shifted when I picked it up new from the dealer. Part of the deal on the 12 was that the dealer bolt them vertically thru the support with a total of 8 bolts, 2 per wheel.
Here's a picture I took at some point last year when I was looking at getting a lift kit, I never installed the lift kit, showing how the axles are mounted. Looking at this I don't see how they could move either. I'm going to get under it tomorrow and see if I can see anything.

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Using that photo as a comparison, you should be able to tell if something shifted.
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The horizontal bolts go thru slots and therefore are subject to movement. The axle supports should be up tight against the framework. If there is a gap either at the front or the back, the axle has moved.
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The elongated slots allow for "Vertical adjustment" The added bolts for OC's were to keep the "Vertical movement" at bay! The Issue OP is concerned about is "Front to Back" there is Only bolt hole clearance in that direction No Elongated slots! Have you looked under it for Movement? The Pic you posted was from the Past! Youroo!!
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Using that photo as a comparison, you should be able to tell if something shifted.
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The horizontal bolts go thru slots and therefore are subject to movement. The axle supports should be up tight against the framework. If there is a gap either at the front or the back, the axle has moved.
Thanks both of you. I'll check it Sunday, supposed to be raining and/or snow showers here tomorrow, take a few pictures of what I see and post them here.
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