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Trailers, Toyhaulers and Motorhomes / Re: toyhauler camper
« Last post by dsrace on May 13, 2018, 05:28:04 PM »
st tires.....found 2 companies that actually rate them for 75 mph.   if i have to flip the axle it will go to stronger axles for sure. if i do all this i want the larger wheels for all things considered.
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Trailers, Toyhaulers and Motorhomes / Re: toyhauler camper
« Last post by fabr on May 13, 2018, 10:57:09 AM »
Up the axle rating. Make sure the inflated diameter of the tires you will use before deciding on relocating any hangers. Upping the spring rate will make for a lot more roughness to the ride of the trailer if not needed to carry the load. What tires are you planning on running? LT's or ST's? IMO almost all ST's are junk with a few exceptions in the higher ratings. Price has almost zero to do with the tires quality for the most part.
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Trailers, Toyhaulers and Motorhomes / Re: toyhauler camper
« Last post by dsrace on May 13, 2018, 10:35:46 AM »
i cannot find that article in the faq section on dexters site now. they changed somethings and looks like a  fair portion of there faq section is just gone. i can say right now i only have maybe at the most 3" between the tires now. interesting thing was i emailed dexter asking about drop axles on trailers and also etrailer. dexter never replied and etrailer had to go ask someone 4 diff times and still never gave a def yes or no lol.  but no matter how you look at it, the axles on this unit weren't right from forest river however there is no warranty anymore as it's a 2012 model.
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Trailers, Toyhaulers and Motorhomes / Re: toyhauler camper
« Last post by dsrace on May 13, 2018, 09:53:10 AM »
what i have now are 5200 lb dexter axles. lci (lippert) bought dexter a while ago but i planned on sticking with dexter. i know i can go to 6k lb axles and re use my brakes. now according to dexter, there needs to be a min of 1" clearance between the tires which i would have going to the larger wheel. not sure how comfortable i would be with that but the alternative would be to cut the front and rear perch off and move them to install longer leaf springs as the larger wheels are suppose to have. according to etailer there is suppose to be 4" between them. https://www.etrailer.com/question-163957.html  that's no big deal and i can make a small jig to capture those locations re using the center location. won't be fun and will take a bit of time and i know i will need to check the alignment after words. there is a company in town that does alignments on big and small trailers, they cold bend the axles last i knew. there alignment kits you can add to the perches but they lift it 2" and i'm not wanting to go up any higher lol   the simple thing to do would be to put 4 to 5" tall wheel wells in, go with 6k lb straight axles ( on top the leaf spring) and check clearance between tires.  i know i don't currently have an alignment issue as the original tires lasted 5 years. my only thought was if i was going to go drop axles and move everything for max clearance to floor, frame etc etc then i would just go to the 6k's for peace of mind.
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Trailers, Toyhaulers and Motorhomes / Re: toyhauler camper
« Last post by fabr on May 13, 2018, 08:51:40 AM »
I have had drop axles on several trailers . Some have been flipped up and some down. No reason at all not to use them. Just be sure the perches are welded on correctly or there can be wheel alignment issues though. Not all axles are created equal. FWIW,I'd stay with Dexter.
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Trailers, Toyhaulers and Motorhomes / Re: toyhauler camper
« Last post by dsrace on May 13, 2018, 08:28:00 AM »
reason i ask is i have to do something with my fifthwheel toyhauler camper. the wheels have struck the floor a few times now and it has to stop before it catchs fire. the factory never left enough room for clearance. i only about 3" between the floor and tires so fast suggested flipping the axles or adding a leaf to stiffen them up. both are an option however flipping them or putting them under the leaf springs rather than over ( as they are now over) would lift the unit about 6" if i go to 16" rims. that makes the ramp gate waaaaay to steep. i have no issues installing wheel wells. this would solve my current issue but also want to go to 16" rims with 235 /80 x 16" tires as i have 225 x15" on there now. 3" tall wheel well would be plenty and no issues fitting between them either so no biggy was just thinking with 4" drop axles i could shed 4" of the 6" that flipping them and going to a 3" larger od wheel would add.
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Trailers, Toyhaulers and Motorhomes / toyhauler camper
« Last post by dsrace on May 13, 2018, 08:22:39 AM »
can anyone think of or know a reason why drop axles shouldn't/can't be used on a camper?
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Motor and Drivetrain / Re: DS is looking to UP His Game!!
« Last post by dsrace on May 13, 2018, 08:21:48 AM »
 ;D
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Motor and Drivetrain / Re: DS is looking to UP His Game!!
« Last post by Doug Heim on May 12, 2018, 08:57:37 PM »
It is fun and dont worry Fabr... I have "Plans" LOL!!!
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Motor and Drivetrain / Re: DS is looking to UP His Game!!
« Last post by dsrace on May 12, 2018, 09:22:26 AM »
i will say.....after driving dougs tatum i do like the windshield. didnt think i would like the auto trans but i really did. its a heavy tank at claimed 4400lbs but the suspension and weight really work well together for the ride! it soaks up most anything at ls hands down. i was really surprised on that. now i can see that being a handi cap in some places in the real soft sinking sand but we can learn to drive around some things lol almost needs a back up cam on the right front wheel as that corner is blind non stop and lacking in visability out the roof too but thats actually no big deal as i am used to sizing up the dune before starting up it anyway. you have to put your foot into dougs rail pretty much non stop but very controllable for sure with that auto trans.
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