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Old 06-06-2015, 03:05 PM   #1
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My 96 Mountain Aire is a tag axle gasser. Love it.
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My 97 Winnie Adventurer is a tag axle gasser with air bag rear suspension. Very nice ride, love it!
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Old 06-06-2015, 04:03 PM   #4
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Tag axles on gassers used to be common from probably the late 70's until I guess about 2000.

Not sure why they stopped as it would solve the problem of gas MH's not having enough towing or carrying capacity. I'm sure they ride awesome too.
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Just spoke with the owner. It's a 1986 holiday rambler. Chevy chassis.
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I had a 36' 98 Pace Arrow Vision on a P30 chassis. It had a tag axle that used a type of rubber spring. I change the spring to a stiffer one so it would ride level. It was a very smooth ride and handled great in cross winds and when semi's passed. Too bad they don't do it anymore. A friend has a 97 Pace Arrow with a tag on a Ford chassis. He like's it.
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My 36' '97 Pace Arrow Vision is a tag axel gasser on a F53 chassis. Rides great and stable with cross winds and passing trucks. We don't load ours to the teeth, but it is rated to carry a decent weight. I wouldn't have it any other way.
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If you look at the early tag axle gassers, the drive axle is pretty close to the front wheels; indicating the original chassis had a relatively short wheelbase. My theory is these were produced before chassis manufacturers were producing longer wheelbases or RV manufacturers were cutting and extending frames, and the tag axle was added to allow longer coaches without an extreme rear overhang as well as adding load capacity. This configuration even appeared on a few class C's.

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Tag axles on gassers used to be common from probably the late 70's until I guess about 2000.

Not sure why they stopped as it would solve the problem of gas MH's not having enough towing or carrying capacity. I'm sure they ride awesome too.
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That's true. I saw a few 35 and 36' single axle models that appeared to have too much overhang. On our 98, even with the tag, the frame behind was starting to sag when we traded it off. I agree that the some manufacturers were trying to put too much box on too weak of a chassis. However, that does not seem to be the case with my friends 97 Pace Arrow. Although it does look like the tag springs should be replaced.
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We have a 97 Rexhall Aerbus on a Ford f53 chassis with 460. It's a 36' gas model with a tag axle. We love it as it rides very smooth and stable. Plus, I think the tag adds a "cool" factor.
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Many of the longer RV's built in the 80's and 90's used a tag axle to spread the load over a larger area. The frame rails weren't nearly as strong as the ones used today and couldn't carry the weight of a longer motorhome without additional support.


Some friends of ours have a 1996 Winnebago Adventurer 37RW with a tag axle. The chassis only has a GVWR of 20,000 lbs. and a wheelbase of 228". In addition to the lighter frame it also has 16" tires. The combination of lighter frame members and smaller tires necessitates a tag axle.


By comparison our 2013 Adventurer 32H has a 22,000 lb. chassis with the same 228" wheelbase, and rides on 22.5" tires. The 2015 Adventurer 37F rides on a 24,000 lb. chassis with a 248" wheelbase, and 22.5" tires. Neither our 2013 Adventurer nor the 2015 Adventurer require a tag axle to carry the weight.
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We had a '98 35' Santara on Ford chassis with a 460. It had a tag axle. Drove fine but got terrible mileage even with a Banks kit. Never got much over 6.5 but we were towing a '95 Odyssey on a dolly too.
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Something to think about.

If you have a M. H. with a tag axel you might look to see if you have a separate break reservoir one for the disk and one for the drums in back.
There are some shops that don't know that there is another break master cylinder.
So if or when you take it into for service ask them if you have a break reservoir for the tag axel.
Just a thought
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