AXLE NUMBERS ?? on 2003 Skamper 1007xs

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  1. Katskamper

    Katskamper Active Member

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    the shop just called about my 2003 Skamper 1007XS.
    they cannot find the "numbers" on the axle.
    (axles have numbers? I have no clue here!)

    Do any of you SKAMPER owners have anything in your paperwork on axles?

    the shop suggested another place to get the axle /lift kit - but that place is JUST a parts warehouse, not a shop.
    Bennett's will fix the bedrail, lighting issue and back stabilizer, but the underneath work will be done by someone else. WHY?

    (cross posting on a FB group too.)
     
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  2. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    What needs to be done to the axle?
     
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    the one that is on there now is only rated for 2,000 lbs, 4 bolt hub. (2,000lbs, we think. repair guy cant find numbers describing axle.)

    I want an axle rated for more weight, 3500 lbs, and with a 5 bolt hub (so I can get better rims and tires) and a lift kit/ springs OVER axle (to allow for the larger tires) for better ground clearance, as i do camp in boondocking sites.
     
  4. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    All you really need then is the saddle to saddle measurement and end of spindle to spindle measurement. Axle numbers would be no help because you are not using that axle anyway. Your replacement axle will need saddles on the top side instead of bottom.
     
  5. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    also the bearing size of the axle will tell you the rating.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Just to add ........ if you change the springs ....too heavy of a spring will cause the trailer to bounce all over the place.
    I could see a stronger axle, I could see a bigger tire, but the springs hold up the trailer and need correct rating to work properly.
     
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    which is why I ask youze guyz for the real info! so i dont get treated like an old dumb blonde.
    I just want to be able to use my camper, go further safely.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    The thing about this forum is that most of us stated out the same. Tents, small popup, bigger popup, etc.
    We all had to learn and usually learn every day. Our first popup was a Jayco 806. Did the axle flip and then my wife couldn't climb in. I learned. So I went to a little bigger tire ....I was happy. Next popup had limited tire clearance so I upsized the tire by one size and put the best tire I could on the trailer. The trailer I have know just has the best tires I can get. I learned. I hope this forum never treats anyone like a dumb blonde. I don't think it is "our fabric".
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Did some checking..... Your gross trailer weight is 2346 lbs
    Your ST530-12 tires capacity should be about 1050-1200 lbs
    I would say you have a 2500 lb axle
    By the way heres the sales brochure.....2003-skamper-sport.pdf
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    One more thing ..... get an axle with brakes ....... makes towing so much easier.
     
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    axels were easier to find than bedrails!

    parts, i can get.
    INSTALLED is not so easy!

    raycfe, thank you! i had a bad bw copy of this brochure & i printed this one in color for my book. (big printer at work)

    so...before i spend a few hundred on parts:
    is a 5 bolt, 3500 lb axel suffiently beefy for bigger tires, long distance/heavier load on dirt roads?

    are the current springs ok (based on this photo)
    or do i get new ones?
    if yes, what size?

    guy friend who restores old cars says this is easy to do & offered to help me. he has power tools!

    whats a fair hourly price to pay him?
    my formula:
    # of hours x $ rate x ambient temperature.

    (near 100 in the shade)
     
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    THANK YOU!
     
  14. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    I would use the old springs and see how things work out. You will have to measure how wide the spring is. Usually 1¾ inch or 2 inch wide. You will need u bolts (4), and 2 spring plates( the U bolts go thru) for the diameter of your new axle. If your new axle doesn't come with the saddles installed or installed on the bottom you will need two saddles.

    As for how much to pay..... more than 25 per hour
     
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    i will take this info with me when i order the axle
     

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