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Lynnmor

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Posted: 09/14/19 07:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bandj0521 wrote:

Hi All, thanks for your quick replies, and information. I finally figured out how to link photos I think (see original post).

it certainly appears the rear axle is flat (no bow)

Dealer said "they're working on it with the manufacturer" ...problem is we have (had) a trip planned to Niagara Falls, Lake Champlain and Vermont in two weeks! I know this will not be resolved by then : ( I wonder if they will compensate me for loss of "trailer time"

thanks again


I was able to see the photos, but the links are not hot.

The trailer was severely abused.

If you want the trailer fixed now, simply install new axles yourself. You will come to learn that many things are up to you and warranties are a waste of paper.





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Posted: 09/14/19 08:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lynnmor wrote:



I was able to see the photos, but the links are not hot.



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Posted: 09/14/19 01:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here are your pictures. I used this site to post them. It is just upload, copy and paste. [emoticon]
See this thread for more information.
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Posted: 09/14/19 07:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are gonna have the dealer fix it.. You will most likely miss your trip.

If it was me, I would buy an axle and install it. They are not all that expensive. Be done in an afternoon, and then go camping.

I actually did similar once. We were heading out of town to New Mexico for a dog trial. 80 miles out, the TT spun a bearing. welded itself to the spindle. I got the tire off, strapped the axle to the frame to keep it from dragging, and headed home on 3 wheels. Bought a new axle, installed it, and headed off to New Mexico for the trial. Cost was less than 200.00

Yeah, I know, it's under warranty, and it should be on them.... How bad do you want to go on this trip?



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Posted: 09/15/19 06:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The pic from the rear its obvious the rear axle camber bow is the wrong way for what ever reasons.

I would contact the rv dealer and see how quick they can replace that axle. Or check with area big rig trailers repair shops and let them have a look at it. They can rebend the axle tubes back into proper wheel alignment specs or replace the axle assy for you.
Its harder than some are saying And yes I've change several on the road or at the truck yard. You tube vids can give you a idea of the equipment involved and tools needed.


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My first thought is a wheel alignment issue. I have my 5ver axles aligned every two years. I realize this was a new unit but it still could have been out of alignment. no way to you to know that though, especially since it was new.


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Lippert does not make a #4400 axle.

You have same as me. #3500 axles with #4400 springs. They call that a #4400 axle. They do have a #5200 axle that is a direct fit except for the U bolts.


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bguy wrote:

Lippert does not make a #4400 axle.

You have same as me. #3500 axles with #4400 springs. They call that a #4400 axle. They do have a #5200 axle that is a direct fit except for the U bolts.
There arw many combinations of springs, brakes/drums axle tube sizes and thickneses that can be spec'd for just about any rating the customer desires.
Lippert custom made me 7000 axles/springs that were a direct replacement for my 5200 axles.

My last TT came with 3500 axles and 3" tubes. standard fare for 3500 axles is 2 3/8" tubes.


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Thanks again for the advice everyone. The dealer won't come out to access the trailer's condition (about 25 miles) before towing it again....they told me to take it easy and bring it in so they can measure camber and something else (while they continue "to work with" the manufacturer)....

I was able to get the General Manager's name, who said bring it in, so we will tomorrow morning...probably about 20 mph....ugggg When we are there, we are going to ask to meet the owner or GM and nicely vent our frustrations to get things moving on this issue. My wife just wants to dump it now, she'll never feel comfortable with it. I doubt that will be an option with the dealer.

Anyway, I used a level and tape measure. the rear axle ranges from 1 inch (left side) to more than 1 1/2 half inches lower (on the right side of the trailer- where the rear wheel is so worn)...Doesn't seem like a lot, but I am not a mechanic...

thank again everyone.

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carringb wrote:

There's a good chance it was overloaded during factory delivery, by a truck with the hitch too high. Once the limits of the spring equalizers are reached, the rear axle quickly becomes overloaded. Same with the tires. The proper fix is a new axle and rear tires.


this is probably what happened with the rear axel carrying most of the weight to a point that it was overloaded.
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