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  1. #1
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    Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    Anyone ever converted MH axle hubs to a standard hub? I have 3 axles for future trailer build but I beleived they outlawed using these several years ago.

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    Re: Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    If the axles are tagged or stamped (for limited moble home use) the spindles are forge steel that are not precision ground with smaller bearings conversion hubs are generally not available.

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    Re: Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by triptester View Post
    If the axles are tagged or stamped (for limited moble home use) the spindles are forge steel that are not precision ground with smaller bearings conversion hubs are generally not available.
    Thanks. These axles are ca. 1970, wonder how older ones were made...

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    Re: Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by polarred21 View Post
    Thanks. These axles are ca. 1970, wonder how older ones were made...
    I cant remember exactly but you can get old ford truck front rotors and bearing that fit great on those axles try like mid 80's
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    Re: Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    Axles are cheaper than buying parts for an older MH axle.

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    Re: Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by blackbart View Post
    Axles are cheaper than buying parts for an older MH axle.
    And even if it isn't cheaper, it won't be too far off. Plus, you'd have all new stuff.
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    Re: Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by blackbart View Post
    Axles are cheaper than buying parts for an older MH axle.
    They would make great fence posts! Mailbox perches...material racks...
    My suggestion is to go to www.dexteraxle.com and order a new one and don't look back.
    I spent ten years working on portables (mobile offices) and 9 years on RV's & trailers. MH axles blow industrial duty chunky puke.
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    Re: Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    Are they actual mobile home axles? I found this article on how to identify mobile home axles.
    http://blog.easternmarine.com/traile...le-home-axles/

    (Some of the links are bad....maybe parts aren't available for mobile home axles).

    I make this point, since I purchased a commercially made trailer (70's vintage) that used what "LOOKED" like MHA. But they are not. They are called UTG axles and are rebuild-able.

    There are both types running around, just because they are 5 spoke "California" wheels doesn't mean the axle IS a mobile home axle..... Granted, tires for mobile home use say it right on there (and are cheaper) then the non mobile home tires. Something being DOT certified or some tax....(figures, $$$).

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    Re: Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    Well good question and I haven't looked that hard. Here they are in my ad:

    http://raleigh.craigslist.org/pts/3927965227.html

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    Re: Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by polarred21 View Post
    Well good question and I haven't looked that hard. Here they are in my ad:

    http://raleigh.craigslist.org/pts/3927965227.html
    I can't really see/say. The "main" feature according to the link I gave was the backing plate was/is welded to the axle. I can see that the axle appears to have been cut and narrowed. And the leaf spring that is visible looks like it is multi-leaf. The OEM type mobile home axle is said to be a mono leaf....really thick sucker. I'd say 51% it's probably a mobile home axle, at least one is for sure....

    I can't say that mine are welded or not, but it's on a commercially made trailer.

    Here is a link of some hub/drum parts.
    http://dexteraxle.com/inc/sdetail/6768/6795
    Last edited by DaYoungPup; 07-15-2013 at 05:58 PM.

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    Re: Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    Championtrailers.com sells a conversion bearing set IIRC

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    Re: Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by polarred21 View Post
    Well good question and I haven't looked that hard. Here they are in my ad:

    http://raleigh.craigslist.org/pts/3927965227.html
    Also I forget to mention I did buy these off a mobile home.....

    Thanks for the links.

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    Re: Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    My dump trailer has them on it.
    Cut downs with weight tags.
    Tires did say MH Use Only when I got it.
    I have upgraded the tires to DOT approved.
    My Commercial built Hevi-Duty Trailer had 3 axles under it that looked MH but has Low-Boy 10 ply rated tires on it.
    Figure those 2 out!

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    Re: Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    Back in the 1970s there was a company in Springville ,Alabama called Birmingham Manufacturing that built a trailer called a Totem-all Trailer the trailer came with an Industrial Grade Axle that had a cast hub that looked to be the mobile home type. However it was not a mobile home axle It was rated for regular Highway use and had a great safety factor. The tire used was, if I remember correctly , 8.00X 14.5 Light Truck Tire or Industrial tire. They built a 6 ton version (2 axle) and a 9 ton version (3 axle) . There was also a 6 hole wheel(disc wheel ) that a 14.5 LT tire would fit on. I have a 6 ton trailer now with this 6 hole wheel and 800 x 14.5 Industrial tires. AT that time we could buy this axle in various wheel width tracks. Axle used back then were Dexter, Hammerblow, and Kelsey Hayes. I dont know if the latter two companies are even open today.
    There was a distributer in Cookville Tenness called Lucky B Trailer Axle company that has since been sold and the name has been changed. I am out of town but I may have the name of the new company when I get home. One might could purchase his new axle pretty reasonable from this company. I was a partner to the owner of this company back in the early 1980s with a sister company Lucky B of Alabama. P M me if you want me to try and look up the new number or google Lucky B of Cookville Tennessee. Good Luck. richey sweet home alabama

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    Re: Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    NO, NO,...............AND NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    They're trash, look at the pics closely. The one of the actual axle shows the axle to be bent

    They're worth the price of scrap, AFTER YOU GET PAID TO DRAG THEM OUT OF THE BRUSH
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    Re: Mobile Home Axle Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by farmersamm View Post
    NO, NO,...............AND NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    They're trash, look at the pics closely. The one of the actual axle shows the axle to be bent

    They're worth the price of scrap, AFTER YOU GET PAID TO DRAG THEM OUT OF THE BRUSH
    Are you seeing the reverse bow that is made into trailer house axles. If your time is worth any thing dont use axles with 14.5 tires or try to conver these type. Spend some money and have something good.

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