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post #1 of 15 Old 10-12-2010, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Odd Trailer Axle

Well someone from the local offroaders was giving away a heavy duty trailer axle and I was the first one to reply to his thread so I came home with this today.










I can't find any tags or any markings on the axle. As you can see the wheels are a little odd with an even odder 14.5" diameter.

The PO said when he took it to a trailer shop the shop owner said it was rated at about 5700 lbs.

If anyone has any insight on this axle let me know!

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post #2 of 15 Old 10-13-2010, 09:21 AM
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I could be wrong, but I think that came from a trailer home or pre-manufactured home. Typically not the best axle. Getting 14.5" tires is only one issue with them. Good thing you got it for free.

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Is there anyway to convert to another style of wheel at a low cost?
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It is a mobile home axle, that MH after the tire size stands for mobil home. In my opinion it would be best to pass on using this axle and get a different one. Reason is, getting parts may be a pain if something should go wrong while your on a trip. A newer axle will give you better tire options and parts availability also. Check with these guys for trailer axle and suspension parts Redneck Trailer Supplies
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I was also thinking about if I knew the name of the type of wheel I could just see if I can find 15" wheels for it.
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You could call redneck trailer parts and tell them your looking for parts for a Mobile Home Axle. They could possibly stock them? If not they may be able to tell you who does?
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Well like you said earlier I'm going to find out how easy parts are to come along. Reliability is important so I'll have to check into that. The PO said that everything worked fine he just didn't want it because of the weirdness of the diameter of the wheel. I'll give them a call and see what they say. I just want to build my expedition trailer already!
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post #8 of 15 Old 10-13-2010, 11:25 AM
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that is the only size of tire available though... so for an expedition style trailer it's going to be hard to get it up off the ground... they work great for car trailers or other low riding trailers though...
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That's why I'm wondering if they make the same wheel but in a 15" version.
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It might be possible to use this axle if you could change the hub/drum to one that would work with a different wheel? You'd just have to see if someone sells a different style hub/drum that will fit that spindle. Redneck trailer parts may be able to tell you if a drum is available to do that? Good Luck
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I run 2 of those axles on my trailer. I have never had any problems finding tires or parts. Just go talk to a trailer shop and they will tell you anything you need to know. I have had to modify some parts but its all pretty easy.

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Thanks guys time to start doing the research. Hopefully doing some of this work will be less than just buying a new axle that's rated less since it will only be an expedition trailer.
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I could be wrong, but I think that came from a trailer home or pre-manufactured home. Typically not the best axle. Getting 14.5" tires is only one issue with them. Good thing you got it for free.
Ditto. that's a mobile home axle.

I think the MH after the tire size means "mobile home"

Looks like the axle has been shortened too.

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You may contact American Tire Shop on Record Crossing in Dallas Tx.
Its been in business many years. I purchased a set of four MH tires back in 08...
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post #15 of 15 Old 12-08-2010, 12:28 PM
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Yup. Mobile home axle. We run them on one of our trailers. Parts aren't that hard to find. Be biggest drawback is the lack of tires. 14.5" is the only rim/tire made for them. They're not as cheap as other tires, but they work fine.

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