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Old 04-26-2019, 01:18 AM   #1
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Been hearing about axle and suspension failures on other travel trailers. Our 2014 Denali 2048RE seems to be doing fine. Wondering how others are doing.

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Been hearing about axle and suspension failures on other travel trailers. Our 2014 Denali 2048RE seems to be doing fine. Wondering how others are doing.

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The shackles that attach the spring ends to the equalizer wore out on my 2012 Denali. Luckily they failed just as I was putting the trailer into storage. Had to have the local RV repair shop come out to replace them.
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Old 04-28-2019, 03:38 PM   #3
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These and bolts need to be changed on any new trailer soon after you buy it. go to etrailer.com and take a look at your options, be sure to get the whole set with "wet" bolts and zerts so you can grease them.
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What Occupant and chily3 said. 99% sure the factory plastic bushings are dead. Next the shackles will start to elongate. My 2013 242resl suspension needed an upgrade after 2 years. I'm sure if the factory used something other than plastic $$ things would be different. A quick way to check is to get both wheels, on one side, off the ground. Then shake one of the wheels and if the springs and/or shackles are flopping around you know what needs to be done. Best of luck.
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Same problem on my Voltage plus the leaf springs were garbage and had to replace all four of those. Lippert sources the cheapest crap they can find. Better shackles would be nominally more and leafs might be a good bit more but still should be mandatory. These are true safety issues and need to be addressed.
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Can anyone confirm that the kit they sell for tandem axle 33" axle spacing is an inside to inside axle measurement? My axles are 36" center to center, but 33" inside to inside. Kind of strange not to use a center to center measurement
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The shackles that attach the spring ends to the equalizer wore out on my 2012 Denali. Luckily they failed just as I was putting the trailer into storage. Had to have the local RV repair shop come out to replace them.
Whoah! All 4 of those shackles looked like that on your trailer? Was there one good side still left? I imagine. Dammm.
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Whoah! All 4 of those shackles looked like that on your trailer? Was there one good side still left? I imagine. Dammm.
The four broken through shackles were on the same axle. The shackles on the other axle weren't broken through yet but were on their last legs. I keep a close eye on those shackles and springs now.
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When I replaced the elect brakes on my 289RK, I also replaced both axles and the shackles with heavy duty equipment. Upgraded the axles to 5500# from 4800# and replaced the shackles with heavy duty.

BTW, disc brakes are the cats meow.
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When I replaced the elect brakes on my 289RK, I also replaced both axles and the shackles with heavy duty equipment. Upgraded the axles to 5500# from 4800# and replaced the shackles with heavy duty.

BTW, disc brakes are the cats meow.
Nice. May I ask how much the axle replacement cost? I'm guessing somewhere North of $3000. Are they LCI axles?
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