Originally Posted by Ray,IN
It helps greatly to tell us the make,model, actual loaded weight and GVWR of your trailer. Could it be your trailer is simply overloaded?
The gross rating is a ridiculous 3800 to a lippert 3500 lb diamond with an 11.5 inch spread from the trailer frame to the hub face. I fully understsand the fact that beefing up the axle does not change the capacity ratings of the trailer. Light loads will assure many years of safe motoring with our Winnie Drop.
Putting on a replacement minimum spec 3500 lb axle as the dealers do with bent axles on cheap single axle trailers will just do the same thing and it will just bend again for the next customer-sucker. Even driving completely unloaded because the load margin is not adequate for the application will cause a bent axle on these units especially on rough pavement or even good back roads.
I never load the axle with over 2900 and my hitch is never over the 350 lb spec. Stock from the factory the slide out side is 240lbs heavier than the passenger side.
It is not our fault that the axle is too low a rating for the application. We always balance our load and use a distribution hitch so the trailer does not wind up overloading the hitch when driving. I have logged our travelling loads over the past 3 seasons and none have exceeded 2950 lbs on the axle the scales are there for every one to use and trailer owners who don't use them are not thinking about haul safety. I was a professional driver in my 20s-30s so the act of weighing axle loads is second nature and the mermaids are my friends not foes as some rednecks and stupid movies would have the travelling public believe.
We are certainly not alone in having this particular trailer require an axle change to one with a higher rating.
Changing to a 5000 lb is not rocket science and the 11.5 inch overhang will down grade the capacity of the 5000 lb axle to 4200. We are using a reputable trailer shop and not an RV dealer because the RV dealers just want us to trade it in so they can put another cheap 3500 lb lippert on it and resell the unit at a huge markup.
Other than being built with a woefully low spec axle that will bend even under careful use the trailer is great
Winnebago is certainly not the only manufacture with the same issue of cheaping out on the running gear and then blaming the owners usage of the product.
Winnie drop 1780s and 1790s are more prone to having the axle bend from the slideout side than the lower weight older Rpods of the same design. https://www.winnieowners.com/forums/f272/winnie-drop-1790-axle-357372.htmego
We are satisfied with the trailer and upgrading the axle was expected because it was bent when we bought used 3 seasons ago. I was just hoping that it would last another season and was expecting the expense.