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Old 05-24-2014, 10:52 PM   #1
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Rear wheel crooked

I backed my travel trailer onto a tri-leveler and started to set up camp when I noticed the rear wheel that was now sitting on the leveler looked crooked or twisted. I immediately ran it down off the leveler and it looked fine. I re-leveled going forward this time using the front wheel and everything looks good; no twists or flexing of either wheel. Is this flexing of the rear wheel normal or could I have a problem? I am a new travel trailer owner so go easy on me.

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Old 05-24-2014, 10:57 PM   #2
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One sure way would be to jack it up and wobble the tire back and forth to feel if something is loose. Is yours dual axel?

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Old 05-24-2014, 11:03 PM   #3
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What kind of suspension, torsion or leaf spring. If the rear was alot lower than front, and then raised up higher that might give the appearance if both axles weren't on the same plane. And maybe more problematic on torsion since the axles aren't conected like leaf springs are with the equilizer.
Just spit would help and also make and model of trailer, and suspension type would probably help too.

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Old 05-24-2014, 11:49 PM   #4
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When turning the trailer, going backwards or forwards, the axles get bound up and can look completely off track. When you leveled it the suspension could have still been bound up and not had time to relax. Releveling it could have been the movement it needed for the axles to relax, but like MT said, I'm spitballing.

Don't judge an axle until it's been pulled forward straight for 20 feet. That allows everything to relax.
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Old 05-25-2014, 12:04 AM   #5
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I'm answer to some questions, trailer is a 2012 Salem 27RKSS, dual axle, leaf springs
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Old 05-25-2014, 05:15 AM   #6
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got 2014 27rkss and it needs 4 new tires and a set if springs, has axle problems from the factory. what do your tires look like, if you got big problems it will show up in the tires first. been fighting with lippert sense it was new. fr is going to replace tires and springs for me.
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:49 PM   #7
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Thanks to all who responded. I wanted to let you know that sll is well. I contacted my local Forest River dealer Tuesday and he said that this is normal when backing at sharp angles etc. and as long as wheels straighten our when pulling forward not to worry. I have no tire wear so I feel confident now that there is no problem.
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Old 06-01-2014, 08:04 PM   #8
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(chuckle) The first time I saw the wheels do that when DH was backing the 5er in to our driveway I went in to total panic...screaming Stop! STOP NOW!

I thought the wheel was falling off.

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Old 06-02-2014, 08:01 AM   #9
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I took photos and posted them here with the exact same question 2 years ago. I can't find the post now, of course.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:14 AM   #10
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Just went thru this last weekend. I made a gravel parking pad and moved tt onto it the first time. Got out to check my parking job and darn near freaked out. Then I realized how hard I turned to get into the spot. Pulled forward and backed up, all was well. BTW, I actually rubbed the inside of the tire on the wheel well!

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