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Old 09-09-2013, 07:45 PM   #31
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Thanks Mollydog. Serge
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:53 AM   #32
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I'm not sure this is the correct fix because the axles are at a 90 degree angle and they should be 22 t0 30 degrees.
MacRV, I recently installed a lift on my 8289 that FR sent for the same reasons some others on this thread have dealt with. From the beginning I talked with some people at a custom trailer fab and repair facility here in town that my dealer referred me to. I talked with them about the fact that the trailer runs at about 7500 on the axles and the axle rate is only 4000# each. His response was that that should be correct.

As far as the axle resting at 90 according to the info that Herk posted from Dexter referring to 4000# to 7200# axles they are designed to be at 22 to 35 when unloaded, 90 when loaded and -20 under shock. Mine does rest at 90 but with only 1 1/2 inches of starting clearance it does make contact with the wheel well.

With all that being said I am going to have mine at the repair facility in Millersburg In. the end of this month and this is one of the issues that I plan on talking with them about. I have the lift but if the axles are going to continue to relax I'm going to need more lift.
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Hello Jeepman. I contacted Dexter this morning and they requested some photos which I sent. This is a very serious issue for sure. I also filed a complaint with the NHTSA yesterday. With the kit installed I now have 3in. clearance but the torsion arms are all at 90 degrees. My trailer should have a 22.5 degree angle according to David the Dexter warranty rep. Will keep you all posted. Serge
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Update on our 2014 windjammer, got confirmation that dexter is shipping two new axles to our dealer. They will be installing the axles and new lift kit very soon. I have to give kudos to FR and Dexter axle for fixing this problem with the wheel clearance and the rust problem on the axles. I also would like to thank our dealer Bill Thomas Rv in wentzville, mo for going to bat for us.
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Hello Mollydog. Glad to hear this. FR has confirmed for me that my axles and the lift kit is correct and I accept this. FR has admitted that they had build issues with some of their trailers and the problem had been corrected. The fix for trailers like mine was a lift kit. Serge
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Update on our 2014 windjammer, got confirmation that dexter is shipping two new axles to our dealer. They will be installing the axles and new lift kit very soon. I have to give kudos to FR and Dexter axle for fixing this problem with the wheel clearance and the rust problem on the axles. I also would like to thank our dealer Bill Thomas Rv in wentzville, mo for going to bat for us.
Hi... See you are getting new axles. Do you know what rating they are? Just replacing the 4000's it came with?
Thanks for any info as I have the same problem.
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Replaced with the 4000 they had.
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I'm having a similiar problem with my 2013 windjammer with Dexter axles. Had front right tire blow out, then left front blew out as well. Right rear had emergency repair just before it blew. Tires had scraped top of wheel well. Took it to Tampa Spring who said the axle was blown - called Dexter axle who stated that forest river was having a modified recall and deal with them. FR warranty said my model was not one of the recall models and told me to bring it to authorized dealer. They initially stated that whoever changed tires bent the axle. They checked another model on the grounds and axle is supposed to have bend in center. they couldn't find a problem and suggested I have tampa spring fight it out with Dexter axle. Same problem as original post except they arent sending me new axles
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I'm having a similiar problem with my 2013 windjammer with Dexter axles. Had front right tire blow out, then left front blew out as well. Right rear had emergency repair just before it blew. Tires had scraped top of wheel well. Took it to Tampa Spring who said the axle was blown - called Dexter axle who stated that forest river was having a modified recall and deal with them. FR warranty said my model was not one of the recall models and told me to bring it to authorized dealer. They initially stated that whoever changed tires bent the axle. They checked another model on the grounds and axle is supposed to have bend in center. they couldn't find a problem and suggested I have tampa spring fight it out with Dexter axle. Same problem as original post except they arent sending me new axles
What model of Windjammer do you have? FR has a problem and I'll know in a couple weeks how they are going to resolve. An inch clearance between the trailer and tire is not acceptable. So far no blown tires.
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They initially stated that whoever changed tires bent the axle. They checked another model on the grounds and axle is supposed to have bend in center.
The bend in the axle is called "camber", and if the dealer doesn't know what that is GO TO ANOTHER DEALER!
What's the old expression about knowing the difference between #### and Shinola? It applies here, it seems.
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