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Replacement trailer axle options

In a bit of bind here.

I knew I had slightly bent one of my tubes moving a tractor a couple years ago, but it was barely noticeable and I just rotated the tires more often.

Apparently I managed to bend it more hauling my rig on a wheeling trip last week. I blew one tire on the way out and I was obviously lucky to make it home on the spare.

The axles are 96" face to face on the hubs. Not a super common size in a 3500 lb axle. I also have the oddball 5 lug pattern (either 4.5 or 5", can't remember which but it's the less common one). I'm tempted to put some 4 or 5k axles under it, but I really don't want to have to buy new wheels and hubs and all that shit. I'd really prefer to just swap my hubs and brake hardware over to a new set.

But I'm not finding a lot of cost effective options for new bare axles.

How hard is it to camber new tubes if I were to just make my own....either trying to salvage my spindles or just buying new ones?

What about mobile home axles? I keep finding those in 96" width. I'd never run the mobile home hubs/wheels, but I don't see an issue with swapping real trailer hubs on to them. Anyone happen to know the spindle dimensions?
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96" wide, or 95" wide? R&P Carriages in eBay has a fair number of 95" axles for sale: https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odk...+axle&_sacat=0

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I just went through this. I went and got two 7k axles with new 8 lug truck take off tires. Couple reasons. If I got a flat on truck or trailer I have two spares. If one axle got fucked up I could chain it up and limp somewhere with one axle.

More money but I should have done it this way from the get go.
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96" wide, or 95" wide? R&P Carriages in eBay has a fair number of 95" axles for sale: https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odk...+axle&_sacat=0

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I need to pull the wheels to get an accurate measurement, very well could be 95". If if they aren't, I could easily make a set of 1/2" spacers.

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I just went through this. I went and got two 7k axles with new 8 lug truck take off tires. Couple reasons. If I got a flat on truck or trailer I have two spares. If one axle got fucked up I could chain it up and limp somewhere with one axle.

More money but I should have done it this way from the get go.
Can you still run 15" wheels on 7k axles? Mine has the standard 205/75/15 and no room for any bigger without reworking the fenders.
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Just get 5k 6lugs. Can run 15” just fine so will still fit your fenders, just need rims. But the tires you have will be rated lower than what will work for axles.

Also get 6 leaf springs as well. Axle swap will run $700-800 with brakes on both axles and springs. Non brake axles are cheaper so can just run a single brake axle. There is a couple recent threads on axle upgrades with links to best place to buy. I woudl buy versus cobbing stuff together.
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Can you still run 15" wheels on 7k axles? Mine has the standard 205/75/15 and no room for any bigger without reworking the fenders.
Screw that. 205's are a terrible size. Not nearly enough load handling abilities.

I'm in the camp of buy 7k's and swap to 235's or sell the current trailer and buy a something that's not so weak.

I have 5200lb axles, 15's and 215 tires. Even I wish my trailer was on 7k's with 16's and 235's.
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Screw that. 205's are a terrible size. Not nearly enough load handling abilities.

I'm in the camp of buy 7k's and swap to 235's or sell the current trailer and buy a something that's not so weak.

I have 5200lb axles, 15's and 215 tires. Even I wish my trailer was on 7k's with 16's and 235's.
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I don’t know if you could run 15’s on 7k axles. I went to 16’s so they would work on tow rig too. I’m 8 lug all the way around. I paid $200 for wheels with 265’s with 70% tread. The tires are big but I do drag my truck on the sand at the dunes occasionally.

Whole axle swap was 1300ish and I had my old tires to sell. Axles were fucked. Bought my axles off eBay had them shipped cheaper than what I could get locally.
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I read it, which is why I added sell current trailer.
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7k axles under a light weight trailer is kinda dumb. I can see the 5k's though.

Why not just straighten the tube?
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7k axles under a light weight trailer is kinda dumb. I can see the 5k's though.

Why not just straighten the tube?
I straightened mine and it bent again rather quickly not even close to capacity.
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Fwiw, at some point i will upgrade my trailer, but currently I run a pair of 3500 axles, quality 225/75/15 Es, maintaining my bearings and tires, I've run way heavy without problems, maybe just take better care of your shit.
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