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Old 11-22-2012, 11:08 AM   #1
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Axle Question

I have a 1986 Fleetwood Prowler 21.5ft. fifth wheel. I am trying to work on the axle brakes. It has Dexter axles but I am having problems finding the numbers. There is an alum. band on each axle but both are pretty beat up. This is all I have after some serious cleaning:

2000 Max. Cap.
Excel Rims and tires
it looks like Ser Number A 1839371
Philip 3/Dexter Axle

Can anyone fill in the blanks
I am trying to get new bearing and seals.

The hub is a 4 bolt not normal bolt pattern or rim with
8-236 on the hub. Dexter only list seals for the hub.

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Old 11-22-2012, 11:21 AM   #2
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Are they 10" or 7" hubs
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:35 PM   #3
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Brakes are pretty straight-forward standard stuff.

As touched on above, measure the size around of the brakes, 7"? and the depth, 1.25"? and tell them you have a Dexter axle and the 2,000 # capacity when you order them.

It's been a lot of years but IIRC the 2,000 # Dexter only uses one size, 7" x 1.25".

Don't forget that there's a left-hand & a right-hand part to the brakes also, there's a difference between them.
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:13 PM   #4
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I wasn't sure what I was supposed to measure but it seems they might be 10". But this is the question I have. What size are they and how do I tell? If I go just be the hub number - the only thing Dexter has for them is the seals. I will keep looking and asking questions until I figure this out.
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:14 PM   #5
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Smile axle question

I would take one wheel completly apart,knock the bearings out and clean everything up and take it to a trailor supply store, Redneck Trailor, in our area and they can match all the numbers or measure all sizes, It will probably cost more iniatially,but you should get the right parts and get better quality than online parts.
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If it's about 10" across the whole thing basically, it's a 10 x (I don't remember the depth, but there's one main depth) hub. I would do as stated, take it all apart, and take it to a trailer supply store because the grease seal and bearings will all have numbers on them.
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:51 AM   #7
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Great and thanks - I will take it apart. Will try the local automotive parts store first since the closest trailer supply is over and hour away.
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Just a thought...

Wonder what would happen if you did a Google search on those bearing/seal numbers?
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:18 PM   #9
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Looks like I can get the seals from Dexter. If I have to replace the magnets - then I will have to replace the whole brake assemblies. I will see what happens with the google search. Good thought.
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Also, the axles have been moved to the bottom of the spring assemblies. He pulled it with a 1 ton dully. Can I move the axles to the top without too much trouble since I pull it with a half ton? What are you're thoughts?
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The fact that it was a dually and you have a half ton mean nothing. you need to just make it level.
And it's not hard to flip them. You either add a kit or remove it.
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If you need new magnets, check out what you can buy the entire backing plate assembly for. This replaces EVERYTHING, including all the little bits you never consider until you start:

Electric Trailer Brake Assemblies at Trailer Parts Superstore

The axle should have a bow in it, and that bow needs to point up. You can't just turn the axle 180 degrees? If you want to move the axle to the top of the spring, depending on what you have, you may need a kit that would include a new spring perch for the axle.
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You don't flip the axle, but make it go from on top of leaf to under leaf, or vice versa.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:27 AM   #14
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One question though, in all of the paperwork I look at, the magnets are on the bottom. On my axles, they are on the top. Are they supposed to be on the top or the bottom? I am not in the habit of doing stuff over and over. If any way possible, I like doing it right the first time, so any help I can get is greatly appreciated.
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