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#33 of 42 araz
May 03, 1998 (4:39 am)
Geez, what a place this is. We towed a 21' 5th with a 93 Ranger, and now with a 96 Ram 1500. Both were bought for towing. Here's what we found-
1-Replaced rear axle bearings on the Ranger
2-Dodge is higher, so flipped axles to spring bottoms with a kit from DEXTER Axles (they have a web page)
3-Nothing but axle bearings and routine maintainence on the Ranger in 60K of towing.
4-Loss of performance and shifting irregularities at 27K with the Dodge. ANY IDEAS?? TKS.
May 03, 1998 (1:16 pm)
araz, I tow a 26' 5th wheel, and I also had axle bearing problems with my F150, which is the main reason I got rid of it. I now have a Dodge 2500 TD. In the Dodge manual it says if you tow a trailer for long distances to change the gear lube in the rear end to 140w synthetic to prevent burning the axle bearings. I don't know why Ford doesn't recommend this also. I would still be driving the ford if not for that problem. The second time I had them replaced I even asked if they had a synthetic gear lube, and they said they didn't. IDOITS
May 03, 1998 (1:41 pm)
Did you do the axle flip yourself?
#36 of 42 araz
May 04, 1998 (10:27 pm)
mharde2- Thanks for the info. I'll do that. Have to see if Dodge has a "friction modifier" compatable with the 140W synthetic (I have posi).
606ZP- Yes I did the flip myself. Very simple kit, and tremendous factory support if you lost. Also added lubricated shackle bolt kit. DEXTER's support has enabled me to fix all axle oriented troubles in my driveway.
May 05, 1998 (12:37 am)
I searched for DEXTER's homepaage but couldn't find it. Can you help me?
What kind of axle oriented troubles did you encounter? Did you have any problem keeping the
wheels aligned after moving them? Do you have dual axles? How did you jack the camper?
I may have to do this to my 27 footer.
Thanks for the info,
#38 of 42 araz
May 05, 1998 (1:21 am)
On this computer/net surfing thing, all I do is type in www.dexteraxle or go to something like excite/yahoo/alta vista and search for "dexter".
You can get a whole tech manual printed to you, if you like. Or read it on your screen.
I have an axle made in late 91. It had inherent brake troubles. The magnets would hit the armature on road impact, an activate via the servo. The fix was moving a hole on the magnet arm, for the return spring. The trailer manufacturer used the wrong springs in their assembly of my rig. They were rated at 1100# instead of 1400#. also had wrong load range tires on it. DEXTER straightened me out on the whole thing.
#39 of 42 araz
May 05, 1998 (1:31 am)
Part 2 I should have said 2 axles. The axle registers on the spring's center bolt, via the saddle. I have not seen any tire wear that would be associated with axle misalignment. If you're going to flip the axles, I suggest you do one end at at time. Jack it on the frame, as close to the spring mounts as possible. I removed the spring at each wheel, one at a time. Don't take the whole axle out. Its a bear for one guy to replace
while it's rolling around under the trailer. This is a good time to check your springs and mounting hardware. Hope this helps.
May 05, 1998 (2:23 am)
araz, How did you know what your spring where rated? I couldn't find any markings on mine specifying load rating. I have had two springs break on my 26' 5th wheel recently.
#41 of 42 araz
May 06, 1998 (2:05 pm)
mharde2- I called Dexter Axle with the distance between the eyes, number of leaves and width. Since it was a Dexter unit, they knew exactly what the rating was. I went to the proper size for my trailer and haven't broke one since.
May 07, 1998 (12:46 am)
araz, Were the leaves on the new springs longer that the old ones? I replaced all my springs with ones that were the same length from eye to eye and same width but the second and third spring were longer. I have a 26' Terry 5th wheel. I hope I don't brake any more....