Originally Posted by jmcrae3891
It was the wrong rear axle, and no cost to me. Between forest river and the dealer, they took care of it
2003 Dodge Ram QC 2500 4x4
2005 Nissan Altima
2011 Forest River Lacrosse 301RLS
What does the tag say on you new axle from Lippert on weight? I am (was) also having a axle problem and installed a new axle this weekend. The Lippert "4,400" pound weighted axles that came with my 2013 camper of Lippert uses the 3500 weighted spindle size with the 10 inch hubs. What bumps up the axle rating is that the "4400" uses the 3 inch 'beam' that is also used on the higher rated axles of 5200 pound rating and above and uses the 12 inch hubs,
instead of the small 2 inch (and something) beam size that is rated for the 3500 pound and below. The 4400 pound rated axle is a hybrid/bastard axle. It is not even labeled in the axle owners manuals that I have seen. All 'parts' are referred to the 3500 size axle.
I spoke to Forest River and Lippert for a couple of months about replacing one of my axles that was damaged and wanted to go to the 5200 size because of the dry gross weight was just at the line with the two 4400 size axles. Lippert told me that by going higher to 5200, the spindle size would be larger and that the hubs/bearings/brakes would all have to be larger to the 12 inch size instead of the 10 that is on my unit.
By going in that direction of the 5200, instead of one 'beam', I would have to replace everything.... two beams, four brakes and hub assembly's. And that would come out of my pocket. I asked if there was about beefing it up a little more to handle the weight and keep the 3500 spindles. The new axle/beam that I received has the 5200 pound rating on 'the sticker' (instead of the 4400), but has the 3500 spindle size..... The difference between my old 'beam' and my new 'beam'.....? the welds on the new beam are 200% thicker than the (4400) damaged one that I took off of my unit..
What 'weight' does your sticker weight say?