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Old 01-04-2016, 03:52 AM   #1
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Dexter Heavy Duty Suspenion Kit

In Sep 2015 issue of Trailer Life, they discuss this suspension upgrade due to the factory plastic bushings wearing out rapidly. The new kit uses bronze bushings. Just curious if anyone here has done this. (We have 2008 Cardinal fiver)
Anyone know if in fact the Cardinal did use plastic bushings?
One of the reasons I'm considering this is that I have noticed the space between the tires is different between the left and right sides by about one inch or more? Normal, I would guess not.
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Old 01-04-2016, 02:33 PM   #2
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Don't know if this will help but it is what I did:

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Old 01-04-2016, 10:28 PM   #3
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My guess is one of your axles may be out of alignment. Are your tires wearing normally? I would get under the unit and measure the distance between the axles on each side.
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Hi Rich, Put about 8K miles on new tires last year. One has a more rounded wear pattern but not extreme. TT is in storage now. Will retrieve soon for planned trips. Will measure at that time. Was wondering if this bushing/equalizer might be part of alignment variance.
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I wouldn't think for the extreme differences you have. All of your bushings on one side would have to be toast and your axle would shift we you hit brakes.


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I changed out my suspension to a moryde 4000 also changed the shackles . The shackles are much heavier and come with wet bolts. When swapping out the shackle bolts had plastic inserts. Mine is a 2013, 30-30
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Check shackles for wear. They are a weak link. Had one set fail at 30K. Others not far behind. Had all replaced. Spring guy said poor steel quality and marginal design.
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Also don't think the bushing would allow that much movement. The ends where each spring attaches to the RV is a fixed point. The axles attaches to the spring and is usually positioned by a small pin which sets into the axle from the spring. If one of these broke or a shackle is loose it could let the axle shift. Most axle sets come with the springs already positioned and attached. I had to replace both axles last year because of the no longer made sealed wheel bearings. Please let us know how you make out. Axles, springs, and tires is something we all check.
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Bring it to a big rig suspension shop and have the alignment checked. Don't waste your time at an RV dealer, they don't have the knowledge or equipment to do a proper alignment. About $200.00 and everything will be straight. They can install those bushings and new shackles too.
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Old 03-01-2016, 07:24 PM   #10
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One response to my OP suggested an alignment center specializing in RV's about an hour from me (Redlands) in Southern California. Now I cannot find that post. So I am requesting info on that if anyone has a good experience with frame/axle alignment facility.
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