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#3782 - 03/23/11 07:19 PM convert mobile home axles to 6 or 8 lug wheels
GEB Offline
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Can it be done at a reasonable cost
#3784 - 03/23/11 09:00 PM Re: convert mobile home axles to 6 or 8 lug wheels [Re: GEB]
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Geb, guess it would depend both on what you started with and just how you went about it. First quesion would be if you are talking about a trailer or motor home? (Will the axles need to be powered or not?)
Either way As a start I'd measure the existing wheelbase on what you've got and then maybe check to see what else (with 6 or 8 lug wheels) might be close to the existing wheelbase. Then you'll know what to look for in the wrecking yards. (For maybe a low demand -AKA cheap- complete rear end you could maybe just bolt in.)
You don't even have to believe in the gods to know when they are pissed off at you.....
#3786 - 03/24/11 03:34 AM Re: convert mobile home axles to 6 or 8 lug wheels [Re: Doc]
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Trailer suspension isn't someplace you wanna skimp have a trailer rated at xxx lbs capacity,then you need the right axles and suspension for that load.Mobile axles aren't rated,most are known for loosely rated 6000lb capacity,with the tires being your limiting factor..
You CAN convert mobile home axles to 8-lug wheels.Most of the axles are using a Type 42 spindle,it's a standardized spindle profile that the heavy duty 6000/7000lb axle bearings and hubs fit.The difference between a mobile home axle and a commercial trailer axle is the tubing thickness,I've seen the mobile axles as thin as 3/16" where they should be 1/4"thick.I've been down this road a few times and yes,you could do this by just putting newer hubs on old MH axles;if i'm doing the work the trailer gets new axle tubes.I started with mobile home axles and they lasted a few years;when the brakes failed under test I went out and bought new 7000lb axle tubes with new Dexter brakes and put my older hubs on them to run out my newer 14.5" tire stock.The newer 16"radials are a better choice for out over the road.Just be sure you have enuf clearance to run the taller 16"tires under your fenders or deck,versus the smaller dia 14.5"tires.I use Southwest Wheel( for my axles,the tubes are shipped FedEx for about $70;hubs are about $100 a corner with bearings,seals and lug nuts.Don't even think about using your old u-bolts..there goes another $80...have fun,but do it right.

Edited by bunkclimber (03/24/11 11:15 AM)

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