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Old 12-19-2018, 12:23 AM   #1
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So how does this happen? Axle cracked from frame

Attached is a picture of what has happened to our front axle on BOTH sides. It has cracked away from the frame, but identically on both sides. The trailer is 3 years old, we haven't gone off road, just long trips to Yellowstone and Oregon. What would be possible causes? And would it be under the 5 year axle warranty? I have sent pics to FR, no response yet.
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Old 12-19-2018, 12:50 AM   #2
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You have wide spread axles? Ever turn super tight when backing into a spot?
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Old 12-19-2018, 12:58 AM   #3
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You have wide spread axles? Ever turn super tight when backing into a spot?
I don't have wide spread axles but obviously turning tight into spaces does happen to us occasionally. I probably have never gone beyond 65-70 deg however. Never done a 90 deg.
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I think rather than messing around with FR or worse yet Lippert just take the trailer to a trailer repair where they do axles and have it re-welded and reinforced.
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Many possible reasons from rough roads to poor welding in the first place (metal not prepped correctly).

I would agree go to a good trailer shop or welding shop and get it fixed. My bet would be the warranty would not cover it.

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Old 12-19-2018, 06:44 AM   #6
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So how does this happen? Axle cracked from frame

Well that looks to be a weld that has broke loose. Should not of happened but just going down our interstates is worse than off road. Any trailer shop should be able to re-weld that.

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Old 12-19-2018, 08:27 AM   #7
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I'm not a qualified welder, but I'd venture a guess that the weld was not prepped right and/or done well.
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Old 12-19-2018, 08:40 AM   #8
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Is that a rubber torsion axle?? Just wondering if there are considerations about over heating when welding one of those.
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Old 12-19-2018, 08:46 AM   #9
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This is a Dexter warranty issue.

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Is that a rubber torsion axle?? Just wondering if there are considerations about over heating when welding one of those.
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It looks like a torsion axle.
There is rubber in there that may be affected by welding.
Are they Dexter axles?
Should be a tag on them near the middle.
Contact Dexter if they are.
They are usually pretty responsive.
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