Jacking Point On Torsion Axle.
(Okay at Frame According To Dexter)
I was a little bit curious as to why read feedback on forums suggesting one would not be able to jack a torsion axle where it meets the frame of the trailer, so I contacted the manufacturer of the axle (Dexter) I had installed and in fact they advised "it is okay to jack the axle as long as you do so at the frame point."
I was somewhat not surprised as "physics" would tell me the axle is already supporting the total weight of the frame at that point. Lifting it at that point will not change the weight load on the axle.
Here is the email response I received from Dexter.
You could jack at that point as long as there is not a heavy load in the trailer. If you would jack on the axle tube that isn't supported by the frame you could cause the axle to bend.
Rick Kapsa | Product Manager
Dexter Axle - Company Headquarters
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What would you like to ask our team of experts? I just purchased and installed a 6K torsion axle from Dexter on my single axle trailer. Thanks for your great product. I intend on alleviating some of the load off the trailer hubs/rims/tires for winter storage. A lot of RV forums advise against jacking a trailer by the "torsion axle", however I do not see why this would be an issue if the axle is jacked at the exact point it contacts the trailer frame ? This is the logical place for me to jack the trailer (anywhere else is problematic). Your feedback would be appreciated.
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