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Old 02-23-2015, 11:22 AM   #1
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Suspension upgrade for 34RLSA?

I have a 2013 CC 34RLSA with the 6K axles. When I ordered the unit, I was not aware that the 7K axles were available as an option. Thinking of upgrading to the 7K axles, new wheels and LR G tires. Anyone done this? Where did you get the axles, wheels, etc. Did you do it yourself or have it done at a dealer?

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Old 02-24-2015, 09:40 AM   #2
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Just one question why do you think you need the heavier axles, I understand the tire thing but if you have no problems with the axles I would leave them.
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Where did you hear about upgrade and why are they offering it?

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Old 02-24-2015, 10:02 AM   #4
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When you order a 34RLSA you could have ordered it with the optional 7000lbs axles and tire instead of the standard 6000lbs.
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Any reasoning behind the option?
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Old 02-24-2015, 10:11 AM   #6
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I would think just so you can carry more stuff also you would get the better tires
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I would think just so you can carry more stuff also you would get the better tires
My only thought is that the camper has a cargo capacity limit with the "6000 lb" axles in mind.
So with 7k axles does that mean your camper as a whole can carry up to 2k more cargo?
How is that possible?
Do you get a new "yellow" sticker ?


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To respond to the question "Why do you want to upgrade" - it is mainly a comfort issue. I know that the newer models come standard with the 7K axle and LR G tires. There is a reason for that. I know with my unit I am limited on how much I can carry, which has not been an issue so far. However, I also know that the weight isn't distributed evenly between the four wheels. I feel like the rear driver's side wheel is carrying more weight than the others due to the wear pattern I am seeing, and I am concerned that it might be at or near the limit. I haven't found a place where I can get individual wheel weights yet, so I don't know this. As I said above, this is mainly a comfort issue at this point. I am trying to find out what others have done and determine if this is an issue or not.

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My only thought is that the camper has a cargo capacity limit with the "6000 lb" axles in mind.
So with 7k axles does that mean your camper as a whole can carry up to 2k more cargo?
How is that possible?
Do you get a new "yellow" sticker ?


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Yes because it was ordered from Cedar Creek that way but if I remember right it was only 1500lbs. They rate the trailer based on the new upgraded axles at the factory. I hope this makes sense.
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To respond to the question "Why do you want to upgrade" - it is mainly a comfort issue. I know that the newer models come standard with the 7K axle and LR G tires. There is a reason for that. I know with my unit I am limited on how much I can carry, which has not been an issue so far. However, I also know that the weight isn't distributed evenly between the four wheels. I feel like the rear driver's side wheel is carrying more weight than the others due to the wear pattern I am seeing, and I am concerned that it might be at or near the limit. I haven't found a place where I can get individual wheel weights yet, so I don't know this. As I said above, this is mainly a comfort issue at this point. I am trying to find out what others have done and determine if this is an issue or not.

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It can be done very easily by a shop but remember you will also need the springs that go with them to truly get the benefit. I would recommend for now that you just change the tires if you are not already at the limit.
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Old 02-24-2015, 10:41 AM   #11
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If you were to upgrade, it is not simply an axle swap. You would also need springs, equalizer plate and everything between the frame and the ground. If your going to go that far, you might as well upgrade to disk brakes and 17.5 inch tires and wheels. For the cost involved it might be as cheap to install a complete MorRide suspension package, disk brakes and 17.5 inch tires.
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cbari I have the same trailer but with the upgrade and I think it actually rides rough not sure if yours does this but I have a hard time keeping stuff in the cupboard above the appliance garage unless I have the trailer loaded very heavy.
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I was a little dismayed at the 6K axles on our '13 34RLSA. But, we really wanted that unit. However, it has 5 leaf springs instead of four like our previous SOB. I did have the dealer swap my new Commercial TA's for the Towmax's. So far so good...
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What are the specs on the trailer??? I have a 2013 sandpiper 365 saq with 6k axles. Long story short the springs bent because they put to small of a suspension on it. I now have 7k axles. Much better rid and braking
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Length 36'8" Dry axle weight 9484lbs GVWR 14085 mine with 7000LBs axles GVWR 15500lbs
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Here are the stickers on my 34RLSA with the 7000lbs axle upgrade. Not sure what would be on the standard trailer.
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30 for RLS a axle replacement

my unit came with 6000 pound axles and e rated tires with a max pressure of 80psi. Blowout 2nd trip out. I felt e rated tires were not strong enough so I wanted to go to it G rated tire but the pressure would be 100 pounds. next problem was the rims were not recommended for that pressure and in order to change the rims to a 100 psi I had to go to 7000 pound axles for the 8 bolt lug pattern. Calls to Forest River and some moaning of my worries and they replaced axles suspension rims and tires including the spare. Cost me 300 for labor but i feel much safer. Happy camper now. Also put tire minder system in.
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Hi cbari,
I have a 2015 34RL. I have the optional 7k axles. If you plan on going to Elkhart Indiana there is a man name Ron and he owns Recreational Specialties. We had talked about the same thing when I was having a fiberglass rear cap installed to our Cardinal last year. He told me he could put 7k axles that already had springs complete and Goodyear g rated tires and 110 psi wheels for under $3,000
Installed. The piece of mind alone makes it worth it. All you gotta do is blow a E rated tire once then it all makes sense.
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Hi cbari,
I have a 2015 34RL. I have the optional 7k axles. If you plan on going to Elkhart Indiana there is a man name Ron and he owns Recreational Specialties. We had talked about the same thing when I was having a fiberglass rear cap installed to our Cardinal last year. He told me he could put 7k axles that already had springs complete and Goodyear g rated tires and 110 psi wheels for under $3,000
Installed. The piece of mind alone makes it worth it. All you gotta do is blow a E rated tire once then it all makes sense.
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Thanks Jack, that is good information to know. If I had known the 7K axles were available as an upgrade when I ordered, I would have gone that route. I'll get in touch with Ron and see what he says.

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Old 02-26-2015, 04:50 AM   #20
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I purchased my early 2014 CC 34 RLSA off the dealer lot. One of the options that sold me on this unit was the G14 Goodyear tires and the 7,000# axles with 8 lug aluminum rims. The tires was what really caught my eye. Option #20-6419 at $2,320.00.
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