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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-21-2007, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Mobile Home Axle

Hi everyone,

I have a little home built utility trailer I picked up for next to nothing. It has a single mobile home axle.

How much weight is the typical mobile home axle rated to carry? Or, is it too variable?

The whole trailer weighs 1,100 pounds empty.

I am getting ready to haul a bunch of landscape rock, and don't want to overload the trailer.



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Re: Mobile Home Axle

I can't run down anything with axle weight ratings - maybe start with the tire weight ratings?

Just a thought to give you some kind of idea.

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Look at the tire ratings, the tires will be rated at or below the axle in most cases.

Mobile home axles are VERY strong.

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Re: Mobile Home Axle

I work for Clayton Homes, the axle we use should hold a weight for what you are wanting to do.

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sometimes--though not always--look on the back side of the axle tube--you may find a 4 digit number stamped there--3500 or 7000-----or any number in between those two---may need a wire brush!!!!!!!

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Re: Mobile Home Axle

My dad built a little single axle dump trailer using a mobile home axle. He says to never load more than about 4 tons, and when we load it that heavy we don't get much over 45 mph or so. The limiting factor on his trailer is the suspension components, not the axle. He told me that if I try to load it that heavy and pull it very fast the suspension will not handle it, though the axle will.

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Re: Mobile Home Axle

all of the one's that i've seen have been rated for 7,000#

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Re: Mobile Home Axle

I cant give you a number rating but I will tell you they are stout. We have a junk mobile home frame with a gooseneck welded to it for hauling round bales of hay. The frame is tweaked in every direction, the gooseneck bent, but the axles and suspension have always held. 20,000# plus would not be uncommon on 3 axles. Quite possibly the best $200 we ever spent. It does everything we would use a $5000 trailer for, just a whole lot less.

Even the tires look horroble with dry rot but always hold air. Granted we dont pull it at highway speed loaded, but I would not worry about the axle on a small trailer.

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