dexter torflex suspension

Submitted: Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 13:38
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I am buying a 18 ft 6 tandem axle caravan that 3000kg Dexter toreflex suspension
I am wondering if anybody has any experience with it and will it be ok Off road and over caravan is corrugations.
caravan ATM is 2400kg
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Reply By: BunderDog - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 15:14

Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 15:14
The simple answer is NO it is not suitable for a caravan on corrugated roads, they will simply flog themselves to pieces leading to total suspension collapse. Brilliant on horse floats down a bitumen road but not suitable for offroad.
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Follow Up By: Colcam42 - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 18:13

Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 18:13
Hi Bill, that is the message I got when I was planning my van, the rubbers can rapidly detioriorate. Agents at Melbourne Trailers said that the dusty off bitumen conditions will soon chew them out. I went back to the drawing board and settled for the old fashioned springs. However I did get shockers fitted.
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Reply By: Troopy8thwonderoftheworld - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 19:04

Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 19:04
Hi Billsam,I have had two trailers with that type of suspension ,both worked fantastically until I hit a big pot hole with one bending the stub axle and found that its unrepairable,the second bent the chassis because they mount over suck a small section of chassis rail,
You cannot beat simple old fashion springs and good mounts u bolt etc,
I have also been involved in a few independant suspension failures and normal spring failures,the difference being we could always get a bush fix for the normal suspension but the independant suspension trailers get a flat tray home !
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Follow Up By: Member - KeithB - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 21:10

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 21:10
"I have also been involved in a few independant suspension failures.... "

What's the most common failure with independent setups?
Keith
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Reply By: Ross M - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 19:37

Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 19:37
A similar suspension used by an outback tour operator (another forum) recently had his RH axle just shear off when the wheel hit a pothole. Maybe a flat tyre first or after, who knows but still no wheel and axle. It was a similar A--- suspension.

They shouldn't be allowed on offroad anything IMO. If they give trouble it usually isn't a good outcome.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 20:43

Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 20:43
My brother had the same problem, swing arm broke off & disappeared along with wheel etc. never to be seen again.



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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Monday, May 12, 2014 at 09:36

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 09:36
We had a small part break in the Dexter brakes fitted to our van. I inadvertently e-mailed the US headquarters of Dexter with a couple of pics and they said they'd replace it immediately and I should contact their sole Oz supplier in Melbourne.
This I did and was assured the small part would be in the post immediately.
Then for over 4 weeks we were given many put offs before it finally arrived.
I think the manu of our van in Melbourne and the bloke at the brake supplier deliberately didn't send it immediately as I'd taken a court action against the van maker and retailer on other matters so that was their petty way of getting back at us.
Be aware they have only one outlet in Australia if things go wrong.
AlanH.
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