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How to Verify Weight Capacity of a 5,080-lb Axle


I have a dual axle 5th wheel with 5200# axles. When I had the trailer weighed they said the axle ratings was 5080 #s. is this correct.


Helpful Expert Reply:

Although I have never heard of 5,080-lb axles that doesn't mean that a manufacturer hasn't rated their axles that way, even though the most common weight capacity would be 5,200 lbs.

There are a few things that you can do to verify the weight ratings on your axles. There should be a axle weight rating stamped on the axle itself somewhere along the frame (usually towards the middle). You will want to check that to see what the axle manufacturer says. You can also try contacting the axle and/or trailer manufacturer as well for verification.

Keep in mind that your lowest rated component on your trailer is your weight limiting factor. If you have an axle that is rated for 5,200 lbs but your tires are not rated for 5,200 lbs then that could very well be what they were referring to.

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Jon G

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