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Old 04-16-2008, 08:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mobil home axle?

Does anyone know the load limit of a mobil home axle. I have a few of them and I was thinking about making a small trailer, I know you have to run dot approved tires and all but I was just curious.
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Does anyone know the load limit of a mobil home axle.
The axle is probably rated for twice the weight capacity of one of those wierd-size tires that came on it. 14.5" diameter? Anyway, if you can find one of the tires, the weight capacity is probably on the sidewall.

Per the Greenball tires website = Greenball: Tires - MOBILE HOME TIRES - TUBELESS
those tires are rated 2540, 2790, or 3070 pounds, depending on the load range E, F, or G.

So the axles for those tires are probably rated for 5,000, 5,500 and 6,000 pounds.

IOW, if you assume a max GVWR of 5,000 pounds for your single-axle trailer, then you 'll probably be okay.

The next problem is shortening the axles. You probably don't want a 12-foot wide trailer, but most mobil homes or modules are 12' or 14' wide.

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I will have to dig one out and see. I see mobil should be mobile, oooppps
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yes and many are limited service only made for a low # of hrs somin like 400 it may just be better to get new axles

smokey is tat truck rating for tires too I thought G was higher than that
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The next problem is shortening the axles. You probably don't want a 12-foot wide trailer, but most mobil homes or modules are 12' or 14' wide.

No problem, I work for a railcar repair shop so I have unlimited access to torchs welders notchers shears breaks and all that good stuff. I would just section it out and put a sleave in and weld it out 100%. thanks for the info
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smokey is tat truck rating for tires too I thought G was higher than that
Those are special-service tires only for use on a mobile home. But weight capacity of any load range depends on the size of the tire.

For example, on LT235/85R16, load range E is 3,042 pounds weight capacity @ 80 PSI. On LT265/75R16, load range E is 3,417 pounds @ 80 PSI. On LT285/75R17, load range E is 3,750 pounds @ 80 PSI. But on those little donut MH 8-14.5 tires, load range E is only 2540 @ 85 PSI.

For load range G tires, the Goodyear G614 RST trailer tire in size LT235/85R16 in load range G is 3,750 pounds @110 PSI, but those little donut MH 8-14.5 tires, load range G is only 3070 pounds @ 110 PSI.

So size matters after all.
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There is a place in town where you can(you could at one time but I will check) get DOT rated tires for the 14.5. I was wanting to make either a little trailer for my 4 wheelers and one for a mobil WMO and WVO setup or a hauler for my mud truck. I have two sets but I think I can get more.
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I have a couple trailers on mobile home axles. One of them is 21 years old now without a single axle failure. This is a 18' steel deck car hauler that has been loaded heavily many many times. A few years back I replaced all the bearings on both axles and discovered they were the same bearings used for a 6000 lb Dexter axle.
I think these limited use axles are the newer ones because there are many old trailers running around on MH axles.
There are 5 and 6 lug hubs/drums available for MH axles. With a set of those you aren't limited to 14.5" tires.

Here is an earlier thread with alot of info on MH axles.

Mobile home axles outlawed?
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yes olderones are completely legal acutally just longer than normal nothing different but neweer ones are limited use some having no bearings but a tounge and grove thing thats realy nasty loking (never thought itd b on the road) its simply metal on metal with lube in it
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mine came off a mobile home that a friend of mine bought two years ago. How can you tell the difference between the two? One of mine has electric brakes so would it be any good?
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