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Old 03-26-2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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Hello,

Brand new to this Forum, I just put a hold down on a 2013 Sunset Trail 26 BH (pulling with 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7hemi 3.92axle w/tow package). We are looking forward to it arriving sometime late April. We are from Edmonton, Albert area and are upgrading from a Coachmen 24tbq which was a little small for the 3 kids all under 5 and us.

I love this trailer layout for the 3 kids and cannot wait to get some use out of it...(never owned a slide out model before ! I hope these units have solid leak proof slides! There are horror stories out there). We usually camp around 40+ nights a year in B.C and Alberta.

My one major concern is the 3500# axles, reading a few posts on this forum has me concerned that they will not hold up properly with the 26BH having a GVW of 7700lbs? Can anyone provide more feedback on their units etc?? I did call around to several other trailer dealerships of different brands and with that GVW it seems standard to have 3500# axles. My concern is with the new wider stance axles turning while in reverse stress on them will be increased.? Why not have 4400# axles to be on the safe side? ( I currently have a call into the engineering group at CR.) This is the one thing holding me back from signing the final paperwork!

Should I buy this unit or not? Still about 70% for and 30% against....hummmmm

Also looking for a good suggestion on what type/size rating for a Equalizer hitch for this trailer. (hitch weight is around 720lbs)? I sold my old 1000lb eq hitch with the coachmen. Any help would be great!

This forum rocks for good education and service tips!

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Sean,
Welcome and I'm sure you'll get some answers on the axles...seems to me they were using 4,400# but someone else with the same model can address that for you. You will find some very helpful people here and if they can't answer you they will tell you where to get your answers.

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Thanks Jim. Does anyone know of a 26BH with 4400# axles on it from the factory then? Was this in older model years? I can only seem to find 3500#.

I am still waiting back on an answer from Lavern Bontrager, director of engineering @ CR. When I get some clarification from him and his team I will be sure to post here.
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Picking up the new trailer May 14th.. Cannot wait.......!!
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So my zinger weighs about the same as your sunset trail and we are set up w/ the reese dual cam w/ 1200 lb bars. Congrats on the new trailer!
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Congrats on the new trailer and welcome to the ST26BH world...Hope you enjoy it as much as us...great trailer...
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