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bighonkinf350

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Posted: 04/06/21 11:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What would the consequences be if any, on my 27' tandem axel travel trailer if the rear axel is 2" wider than the front axel ( 1 " on each side,if that makes sense.)

Had dealer replace a bent axel and this is what I'm dealing with for now.

Any useful advice or comments appreciated.


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Posted: 04/07/21 02:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bighonkinf350 wrote:

What would the consequences be if any, on my 27' tandem axel travel trailer if the rear axel is 2" wider than the front axel ( 1 " on each side,if that makes sense.)

Had dealer replace a bent axel and this is what I'm dealing with for now.

Any useful advice or comments appreciated.
It is called the "hub face" measurement.
Is the spring perch width the same?
You could have tire clearance issues with the wrong hub face. If the perches are different that WILL cause problems with suspension operation.
At any rate, it should be fixed... It is crazy that a dealer actually did this.



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In the end it won’t cause any issues. You’ll just have 2 wheels out a bit farther. I wouldn’t release a vehicle like that. If they can’t get the proper axle then I would have offered a deal to install a new same size second axle.
But in the end it will not cause an issue.


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Posted: 04/07/21 06:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Turning might be interesting...



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Buy skinner tires for that axle. Problem solved. J/K.

Should be no problem with 1" on each side.

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I would not like it. Make dealer fix it. What did they do with the brakes? are they the same as other axle?
Tires would wear funny.
Cheap correction could be corrected with different wheels with different offset.


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It will tow down the road fine. On tire wear I cannot say.
The easy fix is to get one inch spacers for the narrow axle. Spacers are very common in the off-roading world where they put 2 inch or more wide spacers on the vehicle wheels so their big wide tires will fit inside the truck. Should be no problem on a trailer. You will need to know the bolt pattern. This will be something like 4.5 for many trailers. Look up how to measure, it is quite simple and everything can be done by you if you can change a wheel/flat.

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As long as there's enough room for the tires to not rub anywhere, I doubt you'll even notice it, despite the naysayers.


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My big question remains in my head, why didn't they replace with the same axle as the one they removed.

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Functionally, unless there's clearance issues, you won't experience any issues. Tandem axles scrub in tight turns and they'll scrub the same. Track width won't make a difference as it would in a driven axle.
JMO from what I know about trailers.
Did you tow it home? Any issues aside from appearance?


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