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Old 11-08-2014, 11:20 PM   #21
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axle installed with the bend the wrong way

I have a salem, not your model, but the same problem on the tires on the back axle. After some research and some help from this forum I jacked the trailer up, put a straight edge under both axles and indeed found that the bend on the good axle was about 3/8 inch with the bow up in the middle and the bend on the tire-wrecker axle had the bow in the middle pointing forward. It was done wrong at where the axles were made because they welded the little pad that goes against the springs 90 degrees off - a guaranteed problem.

I had to take out the axle, cut off and move the pads around the 90 degrees, rotate the brake guts 90 degrees, and then reinstall. Seems to have fixed the problem. Had to but 4 new tires. The only way I could get back from Kansas back to California was to rotate tires.

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Old 11-09-2014, 01:38 AM   #22
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Trailer at dealers, awaiting new microwave, expect it in about 3 more days. Will have some other dealer inspect it. Spoke to a Salem employee when we first got trailer, hoping to get an IPB (illustrated parts breakdown) of my 195. He said no such animal, that all trailers were built pretty much the same and they just put'em together! For info, the studs in the walls are generally 16" centers. We'll lay a straight edge across the axle ourselves and either side of it. Not sure how the pads are to face?
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:50 PM   #23
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so we changed out our tires for a D load tire and the tires look straighter due to the stiffer sidewall. they dont make the kuhmo 195r14 any morw so ended up with a hankook RA08195r14 which is basically the same tire as the kumho with the same 2094 lbs rating and 99 mph speed rating made in korea. also changed out the stock wheels for aluminum ones that are rated to 2040 poundsClick image for larger version

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Old 11-09-2014, 12:51 PM   #24
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sorry its model RA08 size 195R14
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Old 11-11-2014, 12:00 PM   #25
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Dealer told me to change tires too. Still waiting to hear about the other problems it has.
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Old 11-16-2014, 11:21 PM   #26
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final finding

Finally our dealer checked the axle and said the manufacturer said it was "within tolerance", but that he was trying to get me some new tires (they were wearing on the inside).
Not satisfied we went to another RV dealership to get someone to inspect the axle. They don't do it but we can go to the alignment business that does all their axle work. We did and when looked at, the alignment person not only noted the tires but said our axle camber was upside down. We were able to get it fixed that day. Not only does it tow smoother but the bounce of a single axle has been reduced. In all fairness to the dealer we purchased it from, they did find that one break was dragging and fixed it.
It is in inside storage for the winter and first thing next Spring I'm changing to load levelers on the hitch. Hoping it'll be smooth sailing from then on!
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Old 11-28-2014, 05:22 PM   #27
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Our Salem Cruise Lite 185RB FS Edition original factory installed tires showed major tread ware on the inside of the tire (both tires). With less than 1200 miles on them and worn as badley as they were I was sure there was something wrong with the axle or that it was installed incorrectly. Our trailer mechanic took all the measurements and contacted Lippert who said everything was within spec. Well, I rode on those tires this summer for approx 1600 additional miles from home to Glacier with no issue. In Glacier MT I purchased 2 new "radial" tires. Put approx 2100 miles on the new radials and they show NO tread wear. I think your issue could be "cheap" factory tires more than bad axle. Just my opnion.
Hopefully, that is my problem too. Same trailer as you, same issue, 1700 miles, extreme inside wear.......under warranty, taking back to Camping World in a week. My tire pics attached.
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:14 PM   #28
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I had the same problem, Found that I hit a culvert, and with the light axles they put under these trailers, it bent it and ate up one of my Maxxis tires to the cords. My local rv mechanic(does only repair work, no sales) at Creston RV in Crossville, TN.
replaced the axle and did laser alignment. Good to go.
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:19 PM   #29
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I have the exact same tires on my Salem. I have 2 axles so less weight on each one but we have about 7000 miles on the tires and they look better than yours. They still don't look great but we went 6000 miles on one trip this summer and it looks like your tires would not have made the whole trip at that rate of wear.
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:29 PM   #30
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I had the same problem, Found that I hit a culvert, and with the light axles they put under these trailers, it bent it and ate up one of my Maxxis tires to the cords. My local rv mechanic(does only repair work, no sales) at Creston RV in Crossville, TN.
replaced the axle and did laser alignment. Good to go.
don't think i hit anything, but who knows! just bought three maxxis , which i will put on when the axle issue is fixed!
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