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Old 02-12-2016, 10:42 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by phillyg View Post
Leaving it puts unnecessary stress on the tires, wheels and bearings. Pull it forward until it straightens out and back up straight to the parking position.
X2 - I usually just drop the rear stabilizer jacks and raise the front with the landing gear a little to take weight off the front axle. This will allow the axles to self straighten the wheels then I lower the trailer back down to level. I was using a roller jack to raise the rear frame to do this but the built in power landing gear is much quicker and I don't have to carry the jack when camping.

BTW: I installed the "correcttrack system" on my 5er and it is a great way to maintain wheel alignment. It also raised the 5er about 2" which was also a benefit for my setup.


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Old 02-12-2016, 12:15 PM   #12
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My Rockwood has Dexter Torflex axles. Do they experience the same torquing and can they go out of alignment?

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Old 02-12-2016, 03:16 PM   #13
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The torquing is a result of tight turns that cause one axle to turn and the other one to drag sideways due to the sharp turn being a different arch than the other axle. I have never owned a torsion spring 5er however I did have an enclosed 12' cargo trailer with torsion springs that did the same thing so I'm pretty sure your trailer would also experience this same issue.

The alignment question however is beyond what I know about torsion suspension systems.

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Old 02-15-2016, 06:29 PM   #14
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Good point: Yes aligning the axels is a good and must thing to do. A friend of mine here in Kelowna had the same issue with his 5th wheel and it cost him a pair of tires. as the axels were not aligned and thus not tracking properly. He took the unit to an alignment shop they were out quite a bit, once they finished aligning them it tracked like it should. One thing I have noticed over the years is the stress turning puts on the tires where they are attached to the rims. On one occasion the tire broke free from the rim and "instant flat." A lot of campgrounds have narrow roads and tight turning spaces to back in so this is a common problem with tandem trailers, like the 28 foot Bullet we had.
By the way make sure you get those wheels balanced. There are no weights on them when they leave the factory and its easy to throw a bearing.

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Old 02-15-2016, 07:24 PM   #15
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Brandon 2, you have brought up one of the most important factors in tire wear-that is balance. Front and rear tires on the TV and trailer tires. Every time we get a tire rotation, we check the balance on each tire. Buy tires, get them balance. Balance the spares as well. Even when there is a reparable flat, the tire gets a patch meaning they have to break the tire off the rim. Re-balance the tire. It doesn't take long to get flat spots and unusual wear when you don't. Unbalanced tires are hard on all of the running gear including bearings.
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Old 02-24-2016, 01:01 PM   #16
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OP here. Quick update on this wheel alignment thread. Finally hauled the TT to storage and as soon as I pulled it out of the driveway a few feet the wheels re-aligned themselves right away and no issues towing it. They were just torqued a bit from backing it in to the driveway as I tuned to line it up straight. Glad it all worked out.


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Old 02-24-2016, 01:21 PM   #17
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One other point on tire wear is that the trailer should be level front to back when being towed. If there's more weight distributed to either the rear, or front axles, the tires will wear faster, as well as bearing, brakes and suspension. If the trailer has 3 axles, turning becomes harder resulting in more "scooting" of the axles, especially when tight turns are made.
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Old 06-16-2016, 03:14 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by moondog2000 View Post
This is some good information. I have to cut the trailer hard to get in my driveway and there was a lot of popping noise going on so I also noticed my trailers tires were torqued a little and not in line when I checked under my trailer.I guess I'll jack it up and take the load off.
We jack our trailer when it's not going to be used for a few months (Which is rare). It takes pressure off the tires, The axles are designed to move around so stress is relieved when cornering so the axles are perfectly fine. Mine pop like mad when we take turns that have a grade to them...

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