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Can I reverse some drop spindle axles to get my wheels under a trailers deck?

I‘m building a trailer and don‘t want the wheels poking up through the deck. Dexter makes an axle with a 6 drop but the drop is set to raise the wheels further into the deck, not lower them. Can I simply flip them? And if I wanted to squeeze another couple inches by mounting the axles below the springs, would that cause any problems? I know it would require reversing the bow of the axle, wonder esp. if that matters much. It‘s only going to haul a built-on little house once in a long while. Thanks for any advice.

Answer:

No , that is not recommended. Get a straight axle and block up/ double the frame where you mount the springs. Do not mount a drop axle upside down and under. If you are starting out with a 6 drop, then reversing it and bottom mounting ( you have to reweld the spring perches 180 degrees) will lift the trailer almost 12-14 and make it very unstable. Most axles we use are only a 3 drop. Now why dont you tell us what kind of built on little house you are talking about. Most of those trailers use small wheels and dont have that problem. What are you building, the hillbilly motel 8 ?
May 28, 2018

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