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Old 02-07-2019, 06:47 AM   #41
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Sorry sam, not to rub it in, but today is an air conditioning day, 80+ all week. My Hi Lo is in NC, otherwise I'd be waxing and other maintenance.
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:07 PM   #42
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I have not heard of may folks replacing axles. I put "spacers" under mine to raise the overall clearance and that is a popular mod. I have a 2001 22' , by the way, and feel the bed( couch conversion) is long enough, but Im just 5'11" . Wife is about 5'4" so it works for her. If I DID replace an axle it would be because of their rating. My trailer is a double axle and the weight rating of them together is below the gross weighting for the trailer, meaning the engineers decided the tow vehicle should carry some of that weight. There is no good reason to do this other than to save money. Speaking of all this- my 2001 came with 13 inch tires and the way the axles are spaced you cannot put larger tires on. Later years accomodated 14 and 15 inchers. That might be something to pay attention to.

I have to go out now and chip ice. good luck.

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Thanks everyone for your thoughts. Think I need to type faster because I have been cut off for the third time. Not sure why it says i'm logged in and then when I post a reply everything is lost and it asks me to log in again.
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Old 02-07-2019, 10:21 PM   #44
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Hunter, that sounds like an ISP connection problem to me. It's probably timing you out too early for "inactivity".

Rick, my single axle, rated at 3500# is below the GVWR of 3800# for my trailer too. When I called Dexter Axle about having one with a higher rating installed, they told me it wouldn't fit. So far, the axle has not given me any problems though, now that I've had it moved a bit.

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Old 02-08-2019, 08:29 AM   #45
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FYI-- etrailer sells bolt on torsion axles rated at up to 5200# Part Number TASR5200S03
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Been searching for a leaf spring conversion and found none. Did find a 1982 model hi lo with a spring axle though. Hope to find the guy that had leaf spring conversion that I read about. Didn't save it to favorites.
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Jack & Janet--Thanks for that. There is a source for axles sold by the inch somewhere I've read about. Why did Dexter say that a new axle wouldn't fit? Was it the conversion or maybe the length available?
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I think the length was too long, but I'm not sure. I was told the wheel clearances would not be correct. AND, she may well have been wrong about that. If I needed a new axle, I'd certainly try to get one with more than a 3500# rating.

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Still new here so I'm perusing the forums...otherwise called lurking. Anyway, on axles the may be an alternative. There is a different torsion axle manufacturer - Flexiride. They offer full width as well as half-axle solutions and will make them to any load capacity up to about 7000 lbs. You can find them on Youtube. So if you are considering replacing the axle, maybe check them out.
It seems disappointing to me that Hi-Lo was so cavalier about their published trailer weights as well as the axle ratings being used. I haven't weighed our 1709 T yet, but I will before the next trip.
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Scotty, unfortunately, all of our manufactures fudge the figures on weights. Towing capacities are greater than they really are. Curb weights are much lighter than for real. So the only REAL way to safely tow a trailer is to know the weight of each facet. Trailer weight (ready for camping) tow vehicle with everything needed, including passengers, and the capacity of WDH. Find a CAT scale, pay the price and weigh it correctly. Then you'll know how to distribute everything. Peace of mind. Don't want the tail waggin' the dog.
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