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Replacement Axle-Less Suspension for Camper Trailer

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My camper has two Dexter P-12 SLR axles 2200 pound rating. SN 08630199 on the one I can see. I got it used for a deal because the bearings and brakes are shot. The rest of the camper is perfect. There is inner tire wear that makes me think the tires came off a overloaded trailer or this one was overloaded. Either way I am looking to replace the axles to be safe. Is it worth upgrading to a higher capacity axle and what would be the nearest recommended match. I dont have much experience with torsion axles

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While you can replace your axle with one that has a higher capacity, that will not change the GVWR of your camper. For example, if your camper has a GVWR of 6,000 lbs then a pair of 3,500 lb axles would not mean your camper's GVWR would increase to 7,000 lbs. What you should do is have axles on your trailer that are equal to or exceeds the GVWR of your camper.

What I highly recommend doing is replacing your torsion axles with Timbren axle-less suspension as they are simply bolted or welded on so you never have to worry about finding replacement axles of specific lengths, which can be difficult, particularly with some older trailers.

On top of that, the Timbren systems offer you an improved ride compared to a traditional through-axle because the Timbrens work independently. What this means is if there is a bump on one side of the road it won't rattle your entire trailer; this is also true because the Timbrens have progressive springs that absorb shock better than a traditional axle.

These are universal fit parts and can come with hubs. I recommend taking a look at the 3,500 lb capacity Timbren Axle-Less Trailer Suspension System w Hubs # A35RS545 and have EZ Lube spindles.

I have added a link to a video review of the Timbrens as well as a link to our entire selection of Timbrens to check out.

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