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SavannahChicago67

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Posted: 10/02/21 07:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just returned from a round trip from Savannah to Georgianna, Al., and was having some work done on my trailer, and was informed by the tech that my axle was bent on the right side, and was causing damage to my tire. I did not hit anything on the road, and the only incident of any kind was roling over a 4" curb at my campsite, going about 5mph. Neither my wife or I noticed anything on the drive home (260 miles), and the trailer was not overloaded, fresh, black and grey tanks were empty.

I am curious if anyone else has had issues with their single axle travel trailers?

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Not with axles, but bent wheels are somewhat common. Apparently, the way they are packed for shipment to trailer manufacturers makes them easily damaged in transit.

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Posted: 10/02/21 08:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most trailer axles are marginal at best, banging over a 4" curb probably bent the axle. Consider replacing it with a stronger part if possible.





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Yup. Small tires over a curb with a light-wieght axle can easily bend it.

It would be good to figure out what you have now. If you only have a 2200# axle, a 3500# should be an easy upgrade.


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That stinks. But if one wheel is dog tracking then it’s likely bent.
Good news is not too expensive and maybe you can upgrade the axle if it’s maxed out.


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The No Bo 19.5 has full sized tires, and a curb weight of around 3500 lb + another 1300 pounds of carrying capacity, and it was NOT heavily loaded- no fresh, grey, or black water- just food and clothes for a week.

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could a bent wheel affect the axle?

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SavannahChicago67 wrote:

could a bent wheel affect the axle?


Anything is a possibility or guess at this time.

Looking at your model given it has a Torsion axle (no external springs) which uses a molded under pressure chuck of rubber to act as a spring. With torsion axles the axle stub is on a arm and that arm twists the rubber. So, it is possible jumping a curb, hitting a pothole or even a badly bent wheel could do some sort of damage..

Or the rubber inside the axle tube just failed for no reason..

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SavannahChicago67 wrote:

The No Bo 19.5 has full sized tires, and a curb weight of around 3500 lb + another 1300 pounds of carrying capacity, and it was NOT heavily loaded- no fresh, grey, or black water- just food and clothes for a week.


Doesn't matter if the axle was barely adequate from the factory. Regardless, if it's damaged and affecting a tire, it needs to be replaced and/or upgraded.


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Posted: 10/03/21 08:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I big rig trailer repair shop can bend the axle back to specs and have you on the road in short order.

Rolling over a curb at 5mph ?
That quite a impact especially if the trailer was going around a corner and with the tires side scrubbing "into" the curb.

One of the two big rig trailer repair shops I've used said they see lots of lead axle/curb side bent wheels and axles....cut tires or just outside rubber cuts on rv trailers.

A bent wheel won't bend a std leaf spring suspension axle. Jack the wheel up enough to roll it by hand. If it wobbles its bent and needs replaced....and have that tire checked internally.


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