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    Re: Now a bent axle????

    we bought a northtrail 33 buds in Feb of 18. One year and a few months later, the Dexter Axle broke. My dealer went back and forth with Dexter because Dexter would not pay the labor to install the new axle. As it was mentioned below, I called and spoke to the VP of quality assurance. After a few days, they agreed to cover the labor but not the new goodyear tires I has put on to replace the stock (cheap Chinese tires). Northtrail should offer a step up on axle's as I'd gladly pay a little more for axles that are not near the max load from the factory.

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    Re: Now a bent axle????

    Which is cheaper spending 4 or 5 hours bending an axle or just replacing one? I have no idea but it could probably come down to this question.

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    Re: Now a bent axle????

    Quote Originally Posted by gwalter View Post
    Was it Bear Frame and Axle in Grand Island, NE? They fixed my bent axle on my boat trailer and also on friends boat trailer too. Very well respected company in that area. Once fixed I never had any problems.
    Yup, nice guy, knew his stuff, fit me in while I was travelling back to California from a national rally in Indiana.

    I spent $1600 at the rally getting Correct Track installed by "Lippert" reps (they actually worked for a company that built walls for RV's), with Lippert and Heartland going back an forth about the correct position the spring hangars should be at. I ended up going West on I-80 with wheel alignment so bad that a lady trucker in Nebraska made sure to tell me about it at a freeway rest stop.

    BTW, responding to another posting about new axle OR bending old axle back into alignment, that Bear alignment guy said that he always checks (and usually has to bend) any new replacement axles to get the alignment into specs.
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    Re: Now a bent axle????

    Quote Originally Posted by wdk450 View Post
    Yup, nice guy, knew his stuff, fit me in while I was travelling back to California from a national rally in Indiana.

    I spent $1600 at the rally getting Correct Track installed by "Lippert" reps (they actually worked for a company that built walls for RV's), with Lippert and Heartland going back an forth about the correct position the spring hangars should be at. I ended up going West on I-80 with wheel alignment so bad that a lady trucker in Nebraska made sure to tell me about it at a freeway rest stop.

    BTW, responding to another posting about new axle OR bending old axle back into alignment, that Bear alignment guy said that he always checks (and usually has to bend) any new replacement axles to get the alignment into specs.
    When you get a new trailer with new axles installed, do you think that they were checked for alignment? If the Bear alignment guy is correct, that would mean that every trailer coming off the manufacturing floor would be out of alignment. Who knows, he could be right.

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    Re: Now a bent axle????

    I have had Twin I Beams bent on Ford Vans in the past. Same method used in 1980 as today but they have laser levelling instead of light projectors on the wall.
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    Re: Now a bent axle????

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary521 View Post
    When you get a new trailer with new axles installed, do you think that they were checked for alignment? If the Bear alignment guy is correct, that would mean that every trailer coming off the manufacturing floor would be out of alignment. Who knows, he could be right.
    Has anyone EVER seen a laser wheel alignment pit/system in ANY RV Brand's factory tours??? The answer is NOPE. They SHOULD be doing at least king pin to tires measurements, so that they can use the single wheel alignment factor that the Correct Track adjusts for.


    A little websearching came up with this RVing article on the subject:
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    Had my axles aligned at a truck/trailer alignment shop twice. Each time getting back from a cross country trip. First time $380.00. Second time in January this year, $356.00. All laser aligned with the computer telling the tech just where to pull, push, or lift at. They take it slow so they do not have to readjust. Let it sit for an hour and recheck to make sure it does not spring back form the adjustment. First time they were not quite as bad as yours, but all do to the roads. Second time, one half inch off in the rear and one quarter of an inch in the front. It is do to the wonderful roads.
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    Re: Now a bent axle????

    Got the word back from the dealer. Basically, go pound sand.

    Ordered 6k axles today. I'm not going to mess with these anymore. I'll be documenting the install with pics. If it goes well, I'll post them.

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    Are you sure that 6k axles are large enough? I thought that all Bighorns had 7k axles? 6k axles only gives you a total of 12,000 lbs. of weight on the axles.

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    The BH270 gvwr is 7700. It came with 3500# axles, which I think is a mistake in the 1st place.

    5200# was my next step, but the dealer said that was getting discontinued. 6k it is.

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