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Old 03-15-2014, 03:29 PM   #71
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Confirmed by Kim on Nov. 19, 2013... All going to schedule, our trailer will be coming off the production line about 12 hrs. after the first...

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Old 03-15-2014, 03:34 PM   #72
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Old 03-15-2014, 03:56 PM   #73
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When I saw this thread come up I got excited for final Pics of the new unit. I am currently debating switching from the 21' to the 5.0TA..... Can't wait to see the pics when this is done.
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Old 03-15-2014, 04:48 PM   #74
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When I saw this thread come up I got excited for final Pics of the new unit. I am currently debating switching from the 21' to the 5.0TA..... Can't wait to see the pics when this is done.
Well Don, if the current schedule holds... the first production pictures should be available about mid-April. However, just to reduce the stress for us current purchasers, Reace may post a couple of pictures of the cured fibreglass shells earlier, just to assure us they exist... LOL...

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Old 03-15-2014, 09:04 PM   #75
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The confirmation is good, but I'm not sure why there was any doubt about the decision regarding the suspension type of the 5.0TA. I think all of the leaf spring discussion in this forum would have led to some comment by Reace if it were off track, but there are also two explicit references which refer to leaf springs:
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Due to the variety of different truck heights, we will be using tandem spring axles on this unit to allow for easy adjustments.
The photo shows the trailer in the lowered position for mid-size trucks. A 3"-4" lift will provide the extra clearance required for full-size trucks.

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I realize this just says "spring axles", but that is common terminology for leaf-spring suspension, attempting to distinguish leaf springs from rubber systems.
I sent an e-mail to Reace about the possibility of shocks for the 5.0TA due to the leaf-spring suspensions (which need shocks even more than a Torflex), and he responded in the forum:
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At this time, I don't intend to install a suspension dampening kit. I have very little experience towing RV trailers equipped with spring axles. Once the first 5.0 TA is out, I will play around with it and should know quite quickly if it is necessary.
This confirms that by "spring axles" he means leaf-spring axles.
It seems certain that Reace is building the 5.0TA with very conventional leaf-spring beam axles (probably straight beams for the higher option and 4" drop for the lower option, but possibly spring-under and spring-over configurations).
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Old 03-16-2014, 02:25 AM   #76
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The confirmation is good, but I'm not sure why there was any doubt about the decision regarding the suspension type of the 5.0TA. I think all of the leaf spring discussion in this forum would have led to some comment by Reace if it were off track, but there are also two explicit references which refer to leaf springs:
I realize this just says "spring axles", but that is common terminology for leaf-spring suspension, attempting to distinguish leaf springs from rubber systems.
I sent an e-mail to Reace about the possibility of shocks for the 5.0TA due to the leaf-spring suspensions (which need shocks even more than a Torflex), and he responded in the forum:
This confirms that by "spring axles" he means leaf-spring axles.
It seems certain that Reace is building the 5.0TA with very conventional leaf-spring beam axles (probably straight beams for the higher option and 4" drop for the lower option, but possibly spring-under and spring-over configurations).
Brian... not bad for a guy from Edmonton... as coming from an X-Edmontonian...

Not an expert... but NO Lift Axle for Titan, but required for Frontier... I would image same applies for other equivalents... Fords, Chevy, Cryco's, etc.

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It seems certain that Reace is building the 5.0TA with very conventional leaf-spring beam axles (probably straight beams for the higher option and 4" drop for the lower option, but possibly spring-under and spring-over configurations).
Reace mentioned a week ago he's going to flip the axle to gain or lose the 4" as needed.
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Reace mentioned a week ago he's going to flip the axle to gain or lose the 4" as needed.
Just for clarity for those not familiar with beam axle configurations...
"Flip the axle" is a common expression, but because axles have a top and bottom, the axle isn't actually flipped over: an extra set of spring perches are used to move the springs between the bottom of the axle beam (tube) and the top.

If the extra perches are welded on at the factory, the conversion between the two configurations is a simple operation needing only wrenches (and new U-bolts each time).
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Simply put, you can mount the axle on top of the springs, or below the springs, as like Brian said, they cannot be just flipped.

I have done this once on a utility trailer before, with a friend who wanted it raised for collecting firewood. Not a hard job at all. He had a welder to install the new perches (mounts) to the underside of the axle. Just pull the springs and axle, weld on the perches, install the springs and axles. Easy peasy.
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Vicki,

Elaine and I enjoyed visiting with you and Marv at the Green Eggs & Ham Rally in Montgomery this weekend. I hope you don't mind, but I plan to private message you in the next week or two about the logistics of some of your recent excursions - where you would suggest camping, sights to be sure not to miss, etc. In the mean time, I hope the two of you are happily on your way home or already heading out on your next great adventure!

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