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Old 07-11-2014, 06:30 AM   #11
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Joseph - It's probably a Dexter or a Lippert. My bet is Dexter. There should be a sticker in the middle of the axle.
2008 would have axles that are darn near the exact amount the trailer GVWR minus the tongue weight.
You can get replacement axles that are better for a LOT less from trailer companies. If you do it, get the forward adjusting brakes from either Lippert or Dexter so you know your brakes are all new and that you'll never have to worry about adjusting them again!
Your drums should be fine.

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Old 07-11-2014, 08:42 AM   #12
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Well, after several attempts to get the axle replaced, I was successful in getting Lippert to replace our 6,000lbs axle replaced with 7,000lbs axle. The manufacturer installs under weight axles knowing they are not strong enough, thinking the warranty will run out before the issue arises. Luckily, we went on a long trip before the warranty ran out. Usually the problem shows up after about 3,000/4,000 miles. Our TT, 2013 Salem 27RLSS, is rated at 6,300LBS empty, with 6,000LBS axles.
Word to the wise, crawl under and check axles B4 buying. Lesson learned. We were able to get 4 tires and 2 axles replaced under warranty. Good luck.

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Old 07-11-2014, 09:28 AM   #13
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Tire wear

Sorry about your troubles. This whole discussion about loading can be perplexing, but there are some guys in this forum, and the Internet in general who explain it succinctly. Don't take more than you need.
Curb strikes at low speeds, pot holes in travel, overloading, all sorts of things can throw your axles out of alignment. At about $100/ axle to have them cured, it's cheap insurance. This trip, after 8,000 miles I suspected a problem and took it to a big truck shop in San Antonio. Front axle needed alignment ($110), rear was checked ($35) and found to be okay. If a tire shreds, you will have damage in the wheel well in addition to the tire. New or used, a trip to a frame alignment shop first thing can prevent lots of problems.
Hope you get squared away.
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:41 AM   #14
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Use a couple rubber tarp straps and attach something very straight, such as a 4 ft level or square tubing or anything straight to the outside of both sides. Make it span across both tires on that side. It needs to be long enough to touch both sides of each tire. Then you can see the front and back of each tire are all touching the same. If not you need a shackle adjustment front to back for that side of the axle. Do the same on the other side. Check them. With something on both sides, you can measure across on the front and the back side to side. The measurements should match or your tires are fighting each other. The measure from both sides of each rim back to a common point on the frame. See which side if any is off.

You can figure out a lot with a straight edge and a tape measure in less than an hours time.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:37 AM   #15
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New here, but am having the same problem on my 27' salem. Anyone know of a good alignment shop near Raleigh, NC?

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