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Old 07-09-2013, 06:26 PM   #11
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Hmmmmmmmmmmmm Now I gotta crawl under mine and check it out.
Don't let my paranoia get to you, I am just gunshy after what I found during my after-purchase inspection. Now I check everything on a regular basis, and probably worry too much!
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:16 PM   #12
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Was under my 2013 2703ws tonight and noticed the passenger side slotted bolt was in the near the top. The driver side was in the middle. Is it some kind of pre load for weight distribution? Noticed in an earlier thread FR never responded why there is a slotted hole. Might have to give them a call.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:25 PM   #13
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Both sides should be at the top against the mounting tube. I had the dealer bolt the front and back of all 4 with gr 8 1/2" bolts before we took the 5er off the lot. I had to do it on my Flagstaff 831RLSS and it took me 4 hrs and a lot of sweat and a few choice words. It takes a little work to get the inner bolts inside the tube, but with a pc of safety wire fed thru the hole and wrapped around the threads, you can pull the bolts down thru the hole.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:24 AM   #14
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An inch seems like a big difference. I would call that diligent, not paranoid. The tires on both sides of my trailer are very close when jacking up. Something I'm now going to keep a close eye on.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:35 AM   #15
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Was under my 2013 2703ws tonight and noticed the passenger side slotted bolt was in the near the top. The driver side was in the middle. Is it some kind of pre load for weight distribution? Noticed in an earlier thread FR never responded why there is a slotted hole. Might have to give them a call.
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Ive been thinking that way also. Your 2703 is like my 8282. And it seems this floorplan puts way more weight on thr drivers side of the unit. Closet slide, bath, kitchen appliances, tv, super slide, all on small side. The curb side is hallway and small slide with loveseat. Seems a little driver-side-heavy to me. Could the torsion bars be adjusted to compensate?
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:50 AM   #16
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Springs have shackles to equalize them or they would be hanging at different heights too, if there is no sign of the rubber deteriorating and coming out the sides I would not be to concerned.
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:00 AM   #17
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And it seems this floorplan puts way more weight on thr drivers side of the unit. Closet slide, bath, kitchen appliances, tv, super slide, all on small side. The curb side is hallway and small slide with loveseat. Seems a little driver-side-heavy to me. Could the torsion bars be adjusted to compensate?

The torsion axles are non-adjustable...here's more info on Al-ko axles... http://www.al-ko.us/download/4000-4400IbRubber(2).pdf

It would be interesting to check the height of the camper on level ground at all 4 corners and see if there's any difference. I believe that the weight of the slides on one slide or the other is somewhat negated when the slides are fully in/travel position.

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...Could the torsion bars be adjusted to compensate?
Short answer is NO the type of torsion used on trailers does not permit adjustment. The old Chrysler products did allow for adjustment, don't know about the new ones if anyone even uses them any more.

The torsion axles on trailers have the benefit of being as close to independent suspension as possible, whereas the spring suspension does not as the wheel that encounters a bump automatically transfers some load to the other wheel via the center walking beam.
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Springs have shackles to equalize them or they would be hanging at different heights too.
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If you jacked up a camper with spring suspension, the axles would probably always hang at different heights, and you could move them up and down with no difficulty. So that has nothing to do with what is going on with my rubber torsion axles.
Because rubber torsion axles are mounted independently, the load they carry is never shared equally between the two axles, and is completely dependant on how much the rubber "spring" is compressed. If one "spring" is already compressed before the other even begins to carry any load, that tire will carry more weight. And that is my concern.
And as dcheatwood said, this is also the heavy side of the camper, which means it could conceivably overload that one tire and maybe cause a failure in the future.
I will have to keep an eye on it, and if the difference in height gets any worse, then I probably have an axle failing.
Just something else to watch.
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If you jacked up a camper with spring suspension, the axles would probably always hang at different heights, and you could move them up and down with no difficulty. So that has nothing to do with what is going on with my rubber torsion axles.
Because rubber torsion axles are mounted independently, the load they carry is never shared equally between the two axles, and is completely dependant on how much the rubber "spring" is compressed. If one "spring" is already compressed before the other even begins to carry any load, that tire will carry more weight. And that is my concern.
And as dcheatwood said, this is also the heavy side of the camper, which means it could conceivably overload that one tire and maybe cause a failure in the future.
I will have to keep an eye on it, and if the difference in height gets any worse, then I probably have an axle failing.
Just something else to watch.
Try reading it again!!

Springs have shackles to equalize them or they would be hanging at different heights too, if there is no sign of the rubber deteriorating and coming out the sides I would not be to concerned.
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