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Old 09-15-2016, 09:32 AM   #15
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Poor handling under windy conditions is a totally separate issue involving tow vehicle, hitch weight and proper setup of the best anti-sway hitch available. Also how the body sits on the frame is not an issue with the numbers quoted and causing unnecessary finger pointing. A good axle shop can determine the following, are spring hangers mislocated, is the spindle welded crooked, is the axle misllocated on the springs, is the wheel center misaligned on the rim if a 2 piece wheel, is the tire significantly out of balance, etc. I would focus on getting the problem properly identified and fixed, then seek reimbursement thru Trailer Life action line or small claims court worst case.
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:57 AM   #16
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Time to do your homework
...have the fully loaded (all tanks near full) unit weighed by someone that does RV weights ie all wheels seperatly weighed at the same time
...install good/higher rated/ new tires on at least the problem axle (better if you change all four)
...find a truck alignment shop and have the axles aligned with each other and with the hitch
The dealer is going to take the cheapest route which will probably be none of the above. At least with the above being done your have a right to complain...just maybe the problem will disappear.
You mentioned cupping of the tire. This can be caused by flat-spotting a tire while sliding during heavy breaking
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:20 AM   #17
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We see the axle alignment issue on new trailers quite often, the short answer is the axles are made with an arc in them (presumably for camber ) so they all appear "bent" , they are MASS produced and quality control seems lax. The best solution is a well equipped alignment shop that can "correct" the individual wheel alignment readings. The bolt on kit for "alignment" of standard leaf sprung axles can only equalize the toe side to side, if the total toe is too much or even toe-out, all you can do is get both tires to wear poorly. Even with axle replacement an alignment is highly recommended . In my opinion (without seeing the vehicle) it could be corrected with an actual alignment.
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I'd be pleased as punch to find out some good-quality tires and working on weight distribution would help.

(We also had the axle checked and it doesn't appear to be bent. It's curved, but the trailer place said they are supposed to be for handling. The camper handles poorly, especially in a wind, it's all over the road. Friends who are ORT's even think it's spooky)
First thing I would do is replace all the trailer tires with Maxxis load range E tires. ST Radial M8008 | Maxxis Tires USA

Next it sounds like you are towing with a cheap hitch, or improperly-adjusted hitch. If your hitch is not an Equal-I-Zer or Blue Ox SwayPro or Reese Strait-Line hitch, then install one of those high-end hitches that is rated for at least as much tongue weight as you might ever have. Or even better would be a ProPride 3P hitch, but those cost 4 times as much as the ones listed above and may not be cost-effective for your use.

Here is a link to my Reese Strait-Line hitch. Note it includes the adjustable shank, so if you go shopping, be sure the model number you buy includes the adjustable shank. Reese sells the same hitch without the shank for about $100 less than the complete hitch with shank.
https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...e/RP66084.html
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Oh awesome! All great info! We are using a ProSeries RB3 Hitch. Not sure exactly which capacity, as it is the one the dealer installed, and they adjusted it for our truck, telling us where to set the chains. we did have an ORT check how it sits with the truck and there was nothing obviously incorrect.
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Save yourself the big hassle of fighting to get something fixed that no one can agree what's needing fixed. Take it to an RV alignment shop and for $200+/- you can get the axles aligned. Then you can enjoy your TT again.
I had to have my axle aligned on a previous TT and it cost $195 total and took 1/2 of a day. The other option is to have the Lipper Correct track installed.
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Everyone, you have been so helpful and there is so much to consider while trying to solve this.

I am hesitant to pay for what sounds like very costly adjustments, due to lax quality issues for this camper. However, I am nearing the end of my options, anyone know of a good place to go in Minnesota? We have already had help evaluating this mess from Long Haul Trucking and Kolstad's.
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Save yourself the big hassle of fighting to get something fixed that no one can agree what's needing fixed. Take it to an RV alignment shop and for $200+/- you can get the axles aligned. Then you can enjoy your TT again.
I had to have my axle aligned on a previous TT and it cost $195 total and took 1/2 of a day. The other option is to have the Lipper Correct track installed.

Do you mean Lippert? That's who made the chassis for this camper, and are being extremely unhelpful. They are saying that they'll check the springs, but no more and that they only made the chassis, but didn't install the axles.
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Everyone, you have been so helpful and there is so much to consider while trying to solve this.

I am hesitant to pay for what sounds like very costly adjustments, due to lax quality issues for this camper. However, I am nearing the end of my options, anyone know of a good place to go in Minnesota? We have already had help evaluating this mess from Long Haul Trucking and Kolstad's.
$200 is minimal expense compared to the value of your rig, your stress level and safety of your family. I had a tire wear issue on my last trailer, paid for an alignment, then factory put on new tires and reimbursed me for the alignment.
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I completely agree that $200 is minimal (even if you add the $500 it's going to cost me to put new tires on this thing). I'm more concerned about the $3000 we are being told it's going to take to re=hang the axles, which is what is being prescribed by the two chassis outfits we spoke with who identified the problem.
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I had the same problem, axle was bent forward and up. I got hosed by the dealer, the manufacturer and the axle company. I totally threw away all the junk below the frame and replaced with better components.

If you cannot do the work yourself, I would suggest a heavy duty truck and trailer service facility. You will just chase your tail dealing with RV dealerships. Good Luck.
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Not sure what $3000 would include to "re-hang" the axles...I had 2 8k axles, with NevRLube bearings and new brakes installed on my Suites last summer for $2672.
This was all new stuff, ready to roll.
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