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Old 10-06-2014, 03:17 PM   #1
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Lippert axle bent - hit curb!

I've got a 2012 Sabre 320 FQDS fifth wheel. Due to some bad driving I nailed a curb in a parking lot. After traveling about 1000 miles home, I noticed that the inside left rear tire was wore down to the steel belts. Doh! Didn't notice a thing pulling. The trailer is out of warranty - purchased 3 years ago.

I took my trailer down to a heavy trailer frame and axle shop and the service guy there said something to the effect: "Lippert axles, no wonder the inside tire is worn out, etc." He advised me I've got a bent axle and he didn't recommend repairing it (bending it back into alignment) since he felt it would compromise the integrity of the axle. He solution was to swap out from the 5.2K Lippert tandem axle setup to a 6K Dexter setup.

Seems like a reasonable recommendation. I'm wondering if I can just put 2 new Dexter 6K axle beams and reuse the springs, equalizer, brakes, hubs, etc.

What do you guys think?

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 10-08-2014, 03:13 PM   #2
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BTDT with an SOB TT. The guy doing the bending said the Lippert 4400lb axles were soft. So he added some extra camber to it.

To the question if the springs and brakes fit I would do the swap. If you don't need the extra load capacity and if the brakes are adequate it will save some money. You need to cross reference parts to see if they fit.

I hate all things Lippert but there's not much anyone can do about it, as they are in every TT/5'er in one form or another.
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