Originally Posted by carrollander
Thanks FastEagle, I consider my self a newbie all though since retirement 2 1/2 years ago we have'd traveled from South Ga. to Sault Sainte Marie Canada back across the U.P to Thief River Falls MN, working our way back down to OK and back to South Ga. With our 30' TT. We updated to our now 29mk Wildcat Sterling and last summer pulled it out to Seattle and back visiting all the Western states with know problems. I still feal I have so much to learn and really appreciate all the comments on this post.I now have a much better understanding of axle capacity and weight distribution ,thanks to all who commented . I'm sure in the future I'll have more questions . I just want to make sure I'm safe and the ones around are to . I'm still at this time waiting on a answer back from FR.
Your certainly not unsafe with 5200 lb axles carrying less than max weight.
All this over a bent axle/axle stub. Even if your trailer came with 6k axles you could have still come up with a bent axle/stub especially as the tire is side scrubbing around a corner and comes up against a curb/pothole/RR track/etc. A bent axle or the axle stub or ruined wheel or tire can be the result regardless of axle size.
Most equipment trailers GVWR is usually the sum of the GAWRs. We simply have no issue from using a Dexter or Rockwell American axle carrying loads their designed for.
I've ran several 18k GVWR tri axle GN equipment trailers at full 18k on the 6k axles for several hundred thousand miles. These are the same axles RV folks use.
I've delt with many a wheel/tire/axle dealer over a issue with their product on my work trailers and they all usually come up with the same old "you overloaded it nonsense" until I show them my scale tickets and the fact the rig is thru a dot scale house just about daily. They then have a second opinion.
Its great if you want and get 6k axles. Luck to ya'