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Old 11-20-2012, 03:46 PM   #11
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My wife and I purchased our 6504 a few months ago back in September 12.
We live in the Tempe, Arizona. We are new to the TT culture as of this year. We are towing the trailer with a 2011 Toyota V-6 Highlander with a 5000lb tow package.
We have towed it about 700 miles in the Southern Arizona/ Mexico area. We have found its not too tough to keep our CCC to a minimum since it's just my wife and I and our 2 30lb pups. I too was concerned about the Axle limit being 3500lbs but our Forest River Rep (in conversation) assured me I shouldn't be worried about the axle as long as we arent excessive with our cargo.
Maybe I'm too trusting but I feel inclined to believe the rep.
We don't plan to spend extra $$ on upgrading the axle or tires at this point but we really do appreciate everyone's advise.
We'll keep you posted if we notice any unusual wear on the hubs ect..

Otherwise, we really love our Vibe and look forward to escaping the daily rif raff as often as possible. Our vibe has just enough room and comforts to make us not miss the resorts. The pups love their new guest casa as well.
It's a great first time Travel trailer!!

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Old 11-20-2012, 04:06 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Kevin1969 View Post
We'll keep you posted if we notice any unusual wear on the hubs ect..
Watch for rub marking on the top of the wheel well. Extra weight will take some of the arch out of the spring and you may get the tire rubbing over the bumps.



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Old 11-21-2012, 01:15 PM   #13
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Thanks D & M!

Thanks Dave and Monica.
I actually have a axle mod kit coming from FR that will extend the width of the axle to help eliminate that rubbing.
I'm also working with a FR Rep to get my tires replaced too.
It seems they put tires on the trailer that maxed out at 3400lbs (1700lbs max each) on our trailer that has a dry weight of 3397lbs. That's some pretty scary stuff since we have towed it several hundred miles already.
Hopefully they will do the right thing and take care of us.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:06 PM   #14
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I don't understand how you can adjust the width of the axel without putting a new axel on? You would also have to but on wider fenders to cover the tires. I know on my trailer 6501, there is a lot of room between the top of the tire and the fender.
Can you let me know what tires they send you. most of the tires that are 250/75-14 are rated 1760 lbs, I to would like to get a higher rated tire to give me more margin.

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Old 11-21-2012, 05:25 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Dave_Monica View Post
If you need a sizable CCC, you have to look at dual axle campers in that length range.

Or you pursue the option I did. I love the 6504 layout, I was disappointed in the CCC so I upgraded the axle/hubs & tires to 6000 lb axle/hub/tire combo. Cost a little bit of money but it was well worth the investment. I now have a CCC of 2000 lbs (although I would never expect to load that much)

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Old 06-24-2013, 09:41 AM   #16
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Vibe 6504

We just purchase a new Vibe 6501 and are ready for camping. We are new to it and looked around a lot before deciding on the Vibe. I have been reading comments on this and other sites to get some ideas of what to expect. There was a comment from Kevin1969 on here about an axle mod kit that will extend the width of the axle and was wandering how that worked out. We have noticed that there is not much room between the tires and wheel well and do not want to have a problem. Can anyone help?

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