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Posted: 12/19/11 09:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm new here so hopefully this is the right place to post this.
I was given a car hauler that was made from an old tandem axle camper however it had some issues. One of the hubs had broken off at some point so I am left with 3 wheels. From what I was told I am pretty sure the hub/wheel/bearings/etc broke off while the trailer was driving so just wondering if it looks like it scored up the spindle to much or if there is anything else I should be looking for? I am really just wondering if anyone here might have some advice on weather I can just purchase a hub and electric brake for this axle or if I need to buy a whole new axle?
(I am fairly mechanical but have somehow managed to never need to do a wheel bearing before or ever actually done any work on a trailer at all)


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Those are some big pictures but it does show well. Some pitting on the dust seal area. Not enough to get bent about. I would just rebuild the axle and go.


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Thanks for the quick reply that's what I was hoping to hear. I assume any decent rv/trailer dealer should be able to set me up with the hub and brake components I need?
I assume I would need something along these lines?
http://www.princessauto.com/pal/product/........c/3%2C500-lb-Trailer-Axle-Brake-Drum-Kit
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http://www.princessauto.com/pal/product/......../Left-3%2C500-lb-Electric-Brake-Assembly

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Posted: 12/19/11 10:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Axles aren't really very expensive. Especially if compared to the possible cost of an accident! JMHO!


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The axle does look OK, but if you need a hub and brakes check out the price on a complete axle assembly. We've found it can be cheaper to replace the whole thing than the parts needed.


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Check the weight rating of those axels and be sure they are heavy enough for how you are going to use them.

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Ditto on the axle assembly, Found almost as cheap as a unit, not worth the work of changing parts.


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The axle and bearing mounting surfaces look fine to me.

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I would only be cocerned about that shoulder that the outer bearing slips onto.Suggest you remove an outer bearing from one of the other axles and slip it onto that outer shoulder.If it slips on with a firm fit then your good to go.If there is any play between the bearing inner race and the spindle shoulder,your only asking for future trouble.

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I just tried a bearing from another axle and it feels nice and tight. I will go stop off at a local rv/trailer place tonight and see if they can get me set up with everything I need to rebuild or a whole axle if that seems to be a cheeper/easier route.
Thanks for all the advice. I am very impressed with the fast replys and friendly users on here.

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