Caravan & Camper trailer axles, Which is better Round or Square?.

Submitted: Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 19:50
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What i have noticed with the round axles that the u bolt is just slung over the top and a flat plate at the bottom for the nuts to tighten against. should be made truck style with a plate on top that fits the round of the axle and then a recess for the u bolt to fit in then everything is locked together, a centre bolt would be even better!, some might have one, not sure .. but Gee i've heard a lot of complaining about U bolt nuts comming loose.

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Reply By: Dust-Devil - Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 22:33

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 22:33
Ah! wondering where you have been.

Nice line that you have 'cast' this time, interesting what sort of fish you 'hook' .
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Follow Up By: Axle - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 09:35

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 09:35
AH!, DD , You can gain valuable imformation from fishing in the right spot!

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 10:02

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 10:02
Axle! I replaced my complete braked axle setup on my off road trailer last year, i bought a complete Alko set up with a 50mm square axle,, welding is better on square axles as you can weld across the width of the axle to secure the plate , where as the round can only be welded on a small area, as you can imagine.. Square is stronger as it has 20% more material than the round.. i agree that even the square setup could be improved, its the same system that has been around since the horse and cart!! Almost!! Read my blog about my trailer disaster!! Michael
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Follow Up By: Axle - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 11:44

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 11:44
You had luck against and with you that weekend Mike!!,What a pitta if there was no phone signal and no one around. Agree with you on the welding with square over round,..50mm square should keep you out of strife for a while!,nice and solid.

Cheers Axle.
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Follow Up By: ozjohn0 - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 15:08

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 15:08
Many use round axles because they're cheaper or they don't know how to set up a 4 jaw chuck.
Note: Welding should never be across an axle as it creates a stess point.
All welds should be along the axle. (Linear).
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