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GordonThree

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I swapped in a 5200 lb axle and tires rated for even more, and now don't worry about blowouts. 10K miles so far without any issues.



Mike do you have more details on this somewhere, or a guide that you followed?

I'm thinking about the same upgrade for mine next year.


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GordonThree wrote:

Mike do you have more details on this somewhere, or a guide that you followed?

I'm thinking about the same upgrade for mine next year.
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"I swapped in a 5200 lb axle and tires rated for even more, and now don't worry about blowouts. 10K miles so far without any issues."

How much to swap out the axle? That has occurred to me...

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Kavoom wrote:

"I swapped in a 5200 lb axle and tires rated for even more, and now don't worry about blowouts. 10K miles so far without any issues."

How much to swap out the axle? That has occurred to me...
~1K, with wheels and tires. I replace a torsion axle, a spring axle should be cheaper.

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mike-s wrote:

GordonThree wrote:

Mike do you have more details on this somewhere, or a guide that you followed?

I'm thinking about the same upgrade for mine next year.
PM forthcoming...


many thanks!

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My TT had a gross weight limit of 7500 lbs. The axle pair are rated to 7000 lb. The tongue carries about 12 or 13 percent about 900 lbs.

I have never had an issue.

My heaviest scale weight was 6400 lbs. 800 lbs of that on the tongue.


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Thanks for the info on the axle switchout. I am NOT that handy however and would have the dealer do it.

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mike-s wrote:

Kavoom wrote:

"I swapped in a 5200 lb axle and tires rated for even more, and now don't worry about blowouts. 10K miles so far without any issues."

How much to swap out the axle? That has occurred to me...
~1K, with wheels and tires. I replace a torsion axle, a spring axle should be cheaper.
Just curious how do you like the torsion axle? I had a pair of torsion axles under a Streamlite and they seemed to have more bounce. I added a shock kit but traded the trailer before trying it out.

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Kavoom wrote:

Advantages:
Price
weight
length and ability to expand areas of camping


Disadvantages
Size/space
lack of redundancy in case of a flat
Carrying capacity (in some cases)....

One other advantage to double axles is that the trailer handles dips and bumps more smoothly than with a single axle. They are not eliminated, of course, just reduced.

A disadvantage is increased cost/time maintaining brakes and buying tires.

All I could afford

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For those of us in the Northeast, a side benefit is the savings in Tolls on a single axle trailer. The nearest toll bridge to my house charges $21 PER AXLE INCLUDING THE TOW VEHICLE. $63 for a single axle becomes $84 for a tandem axle.
Heading south to the beach area is also bad. Toll booth every 20 miles or so on the Garden State Parkway $4.50 for single axle versus $6.00 for tandem... about six tollbooths between me and the beach I like.


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