Bumper pull camper...bad axles

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Bumper pull camper...bad axles

Postby Woodstramp » Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:15 am

Hey all. I know this a home built camper forum (I have built a TT before using help from this forum) and I'd like to refurb this old girl. Have an older rig, but everything functions, has a dry roof and decent interior.

Bought this 16' pull behind a couple of years ago. Over all, the camper is in decent shape, I got it fairly cheap, but it has a major issue...when I dove in to refurb the brakes and bearings, I found the axle spindles were badly worn. So badly that I want to just re-axle the thing for safety.

I don't know diddly about IDing the correct replacements (weight rating, etc). Preferably, I'd like to buy good, used axles. I have seen newer campers that were totaled out from wrecks or fires or whatever. A good used set that is rebuildable would be perfect, but if that doesn't happen, i'd go new.

I assume most standard camper axles (these use leave springs, btw) are of similar length, but have different weight ratings. In other words, a set of axles off a two year old 16' would work out on a twenty years old 16' of similar weight.

How do you verify weight ratings? You go buy overall camper weight? Is this weight listed somewhere on campers?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Bumper pull camper...bad axles

Postby MatBirch » Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:30 am

I just went through this myself-
Match up what you have now, and you’ll be fine-
Does your old axle have electric brakes?
The standards are 10” drum, 5 on 4-1/2” bolt pattern = 3500lbs
12” drum = 5000# , then you get into big trailers...

You likely have 2- 3500# axles.
Your width is measured hub face-to-hub face.

I did a ton of shopping, locally and on line. Locally, I found excellent help at Six Roblee’s
It seems the standard widths and drop (vs straight) available from places like Tractor Supply, are for utility trailers. No reason they wouldn’t work, but I couldn’t find anything correct fitting.
I was quoted 149$ for a replacement drop axle from Six Roblee’s. In the end, I was able to just do backing plates and hubs. All the added bits and pieces came to right at $300 that I didn’t plan on spending!

Or... if you wind up going with new, pull the springs and go with torsion axles! They are available in pretty much any size and configuration.
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