caravan axle

Submitted: Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 19:39
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We have a 2003 Jayco Freedom caravan single axle. Left hand tyre wearing badly inside after 5,000 km. Considering replacing axle to hopeful fix problem. Is it worth replacing or just trading in on a newer caravan? Especially as van is over 10 years old
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Reply By: Member - RobnJane(VIC) - Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 19:50

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 19:50
Juliew, on the basis of the description provided the first thing I would do is check the wheel bearing adjustment on that wheel, if it is loose it will wear the inside edge. Otherwise having alignment checked and corrected is straight forward as should be replacing the axle.

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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 20:26

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 20:26
If you are otherwise happy with the van, take it to a reputable repairer and get it done. There are a couple of possibilities with the axle that could lead to trouble so don't tow it too far until you get it looked at.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 22:14

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 22:14
Take the van to a truck aligner. They have the equipment to bend the axle and put the wheel back on track. Ordinary car wheel aligners do not have the equipment.
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Reply By: Member - cherrywipe - Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 09:31

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 09:31
Hi Juliew,
Had something similar on our old Viscount,left hand spring had lost tension (set) which let the axle move back slightly. Fitted new springs in Rockhampton ,all good .
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Reply By: cruiser 3 - Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 15:08

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 15:08
Another thing that can happen is the spring is not correctly located on the axle. There is usually a pin about 3/8 to 1/2 inch diameter that locates into a hole on the axle.
Sometimes this can shear off or become dislodged. It can be checked by measuring the distance from each side wheel to a common point forward of the wheels
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Follow Up By: mike39 - Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 08:03

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 08:03
I too would go with the broken centrebolt.
Often happens when U bolts stretch or become loose for whatever reason.
The wheel assembly moves back on the spring causing "toe out" the usual cause of inside edge wear on the tyre.
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Follow Up By: Steve in Kakadu - Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 09:42

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 09:42
That would mean that the whole axle has moved, therefore both tyres would scrub out.
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Follow Up By: cruiser 3 - Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 12:44

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 12:44
You would think so Steve.
But I had the left hand side wheel suffer from this problem and it only affected the wheel where the dislodged centre bolt was.
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 15:19

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 15:19
If the axle "relocates" on one side, all you SHOULD get is crabbing To my mind, as long as the axle remains straight (and the bearings aren't sloppy) the wheels will remain parallel so there should not be asymmetrical wear as reported. I'm always open to learning - even at my age - so I'd welcome attempts to explain otherwise.
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Follow Up By: mike39 - Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 16:55

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 16:55
If you do a little sketch on paper with ruler and pencil it is easy to see how the "intact" centrebolt acts as a fulcrum for the axle to pivot around.
The difference is the ratio of the intact centrebolt to the centre line of each wheel.
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Follow Up By: cruiser 3 - Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 18:08

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 18:08
Good explanation Mike
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 18:47

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 18:47
I've seen more beam-axle trailers than I would like to count. Assuming the axle itself is straight and the bearings are half-reasonable, the wheels themselves remain in parallel planes. If you line up that axle assembly square under the trailer body, every body seems happy that it will tow straight with no odd tyre wear pattern.

From the viewpoint of the axle/wheel combo, it is oblivious if you put the trailer on top of it cockeyed. The ONLY result is crabbing. In extreme cases, that will produce asymmetric wear patterns - inside on one wheel and outside on the other, from scuffing.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 20:16

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 20:16
If you take the van to a truck aligner they will check all the other things suggested as part of the alignment. A truck aligners bill will be far less than a new axle.
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Follow Up By: Keir & Marg - Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 at 15:11

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 at 15:11
juliew,
If you are in Sydney, give Brett a call at Narellan Truck Align. They also specialise in caravan and 4WD alignments.
Address: 2/3 Campbell St, Narellan NSW 2567
Phone:(02) 4647 1811
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