caravan tyre wear

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 19:34
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Just checked the tyre wear on a tandem caravan
left front is wearing more than the rest.
I measured between the axle centres and the difference is 25mm
yes thats right 25mm or one inch .
Iknow what youre thinking (broken centre bolt) so was I but that is not the problem. all suggestions are welcome thanks Peter
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Reply By: lunchbuckett - Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 19:47

Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 19:47
coopers it sounds like a bent stub axel thats what happend to me

cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt H (SA) - Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 21:04

Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 21:04
Coopers,

I'd concur with lunchbuckett.

Given that this wheel is on the left means it cops more from the usually rougher shoulder side of the road (as opposed to the right hand side wheels which travel on the "smoother" centre of the road). Add the fact that it's the leading axle to boot, means it'll hit an obstactle first, and the hardest.

A suspension specailist will be able to confirm.

Cheers, Matt
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Reply By: Ray - Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 20:17

Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 20:17
Yes I would suggest a bent axle
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Reply By: haveconvertedcruiser - Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 20:28

Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 20:28
hey coopers,
If your in brisbane head over to bob gears truck alignment. they do w/a on almost anything up from 4x4, vans, motorhomes, trucks, trailers, etc. hope this helps
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Reply By: disco driver - Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 22:52

Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 22:52
In these days of so-called 'quality control' on caravans it is entirely possible that one of the springs has been installed the wrong way round.

Have a good look at the springs and you will note that often the "centre bolt' is not in the centre of the spring.

If one spring is installed incorrectly, that would give the different axle centre measurements that you are talking about.

Might be worth a look under your van with a tape measure in hand.

Disco.
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Reply By: coopers - Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 08:49

Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 08:49
Thanks for your help i will check out these suggestions
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Reply By: Thermoguard Instruments - Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 11:19

Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 11:19
Another possibility is a broken spring leaf (or two) on one side. The broken spring would sit 'flatter' than is mate on the opposite side. But then, you'd think it would have to be sitting a LOT flatter (and the van noticably tilting to one side) to account for a 25mm wheelbase difference from one side to the other.

Please let us know what you find.

Ian
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