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Old 04-05-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
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holding tanks resting on axles

anybody else have this issue? any problems long term? my fresh tank when completely empty is like 1/16" above the axle, and when any water is in it it rests on the axle. well, the belly of it does anyways. the graywater tank has a little more room when empty but when full it also touches the axle. this cant be good but im wondering how many, if any, others do this??
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:31 PM   #2
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anybody else have this issue? any problems long term? my fresh tank when completely empty is like 1/16" above the axle, and when any water is in it it rests on the axle. well, the belly of it does anyways. the graywater tank has a little more room when empty but when full it also touches the axle. this cant be good but im wondering how many, if any, others do this??

If that axle is moving up and down on a suspension it will bust the tanks almost immediately. Since it is a 2006 (7 years old) I assume it must be a ridgid piece in the suspension and the wheels are moving up and down on a torsion or spring arrangement using the axle as a locational pivot point.
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If that axle is moving up and down on a suspension it will bust the tanks almost immediately. Since it is a 2006 (7 years old) I assume it must be a ridgid piece in the suspension and the wheels are moving up and down on a torsion or spring arrangement using the axle as a locational pivot point.
unfortunatly not... regular ole leaf spring type axle
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I must be misunderstanding something. Your axle moves up and down 3 - 4 inches. I would think one short trip down the road with the axle beating on the bottom of a plastic tank would rapidly destroy the tanks.

Either I misunderstand your situation or you have a serious problem.
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I must be misunderstanding something. Your axle moves up and down 3 - 4 inches. I would think one short trip down the road with the axle beating on the bottom of a plastic tank would rapidly destroy the tanks.

Either I misunderstand your situation or you have a serious problem.
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unfortunatly not... regular ole leaf spring type axle

Well sorry I'm stumped, even searched Palomino's site.
Dexter Axle big supplier of RV axles, had a torsion axle, I was guessing that was what you had.
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so i just went to confirm and without a doubt the entire axle moves. however, i am 100% certain that my axle doesnt move 3-4".... it would hit the frame LONG before that (1 1/2-2" clearance) and there are zero marks on the frame to indicate that it has ever hit. i wish i had a go pro to put under there to see how much the axle is actually moving. at any rate, i also hit the tank with my hand and its pretty flexible do i dont know that the impact will be a problem but rather the repeated impacts wearing through it...

how much clearance does everyone else have?
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sorry for the crappy pics, its night and the phone flash is just that... a phone flash lol
fresh tank:


gray tank:
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Did someone move the springs from on top the axles to the bottom to lower the height of the trailer.

Putting the springs on top of the axles would give several inches of clearance between the trailer and axles.
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it does not appear that the axles have been moved. i would prefer to not flip them either as i do not want the decreased stability or the higher step into the camper.
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I would just add a couple metal straps one on either side of the metal support strap thats already there and brace it up. i agree that it could not have survived long term, or even short term, in its current state. you might try and and find where that metal strap connects to and see if it has fallen loose or become otherwise disconnected but its current condition is NOT normal.
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It is hard to tell from your pictures. Are you sure that is your tanks? Some trailers have full or partial enclosed under bellies or shields to protect the tanks. My Rockwood did and the under covering sagged. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Is this a recent discovery or have you known about it previously?
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How old is this TT? Some of those leaf springs are made quite cheap. It almost sounds , and looks, to me like yours have lost some of there spring and are sagging.
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