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Old 08-14-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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Replacing axles

I currently have a 5th wheel that has 4400 lb axles and had no problems until I had a blowout, no damage to trailer, however since then I am getting uneven tire wear on the other axle. I was wondering if it would be advisable to replace the axles with 5200 lb axles and if so are there any drawbacks. The trailer has a GVRW of 9600 lbs and although I am never at max weight there would have been a lot of stress on the remaining axle when the tire blew.

Not overly concerned about the extra cost as much as safety and proper tire wear.

Thanks for any advice you may have.
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:55 PM   #2
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I currently have a 5th wheel that has 4400 lb axles and had no problems until I had a blowout, no damage to trailer, however since then I am getting uneven tire wear on the other axle. I was wondering if it would be advisable to replace the axles with 5200 lb axles and if so are there any drawbacks. The trailer has a GVRW of 9600 lbs and although I am never at max weight there would have been a lot of stress on the remaining axle when the tire blew.

Not overly concerned about the extra cost as much as safety and proper tire wear.

Thanks for any advice you may have.
Need to describe your uneven tire wear. If you are wearing the outsides on one side and the insides on the other, it would be an alignment problem. If it is wear on the inside of 1, 2, 3 or all 4, it is an axle problem.
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:27 PM   #3
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Are the axles rubber torsion, or do you have springs?
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:46 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replys.

The tire that blew was front drivers side, the tires that are wearing are on the rear axle and wearing on the inside of each tire. The axles have springs.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:01 AM   #5
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That definitely sounds like an axle issue.
And I don't see any problem going to a 5200 lb axle.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:15 AM   #6
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Thanks for the help, I didn't think there should be any issues with a heavier axle but I'm definitely no expert.

Thanks again to all who replied.
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By going to an axle with a greater weight bearing capacity, if you are not utilizing that extra capacity, the trailer will have a fairly "rough" ride. It may "bounce" over bumps more and as a result you may find things getting bounced around in the trailer. Just something to consider.
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By going to an axle with a greater weight bearing capacity, if you are not utilizing that extra capacity, the trailer will have a fairly "rough" ride. It may "bounce" over bumps more and as a result you may find things getting bounced around in the trailer. Just something to consider.
Good thought process !
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By going to an axle with a greater weight bearing capacity, if you are not utilizing that extra capacity, the trailer will have a fairly "rough" ride. It may "bounce" over bumps more and as a result you may find things getting bounced around in the trailer. Just something to consider.
Changing the springs would do that, but not if the OP just changed the axles. It seems to be the axles giving the problem, not the springs.
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Changing the springs would do that, but not if the OP just changed the axles. It seems to be the axles giving the problem, not the springs.
You are correct if it has leaf springs. My Rockwood has the rubber torsion axles and I was visualizing that.
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