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Best Way to Determine Axle Capacity on Trailer

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Hi There, i just bought a trailer which has a Dexter hubs and axles. There is no mention of the GAWR on the axle and i need to have this information to register the trailer in Europe. The hubs say Dexter 8-91A. Would you be able to confirm the GAWR of the axle ? Thanks

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The best way to assess axle capacity is by measuring the diameter of the axle tube.

I recommend using Digital Caliper # 301-17068 to do this and you can use the following to find out what the typical capacities of an axle are per their diameter:

- 1,000-lb - 2,000-lb Axles: 1-1/2 inch - 1-3/4 inch diameter
- 3,500-lb Axles: 2-3/8 inch diameter
- 6,000-lb - 7,200-lb Axles: 3 inch diameter
- 8,000-lb Axles: 3-1/2 inch diameter
- 9,000-lb Axles: 4 inch diameter
- 10,000-lb Or more axles: 5 inch diameter

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