Old Kendon vs. New Kendon (cargo capacity of a swallow?)

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  1. Catatafish

    Catatafish Adventurer

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    I've been used Kendon shopping for quite awhile now and finally found one I like nearby. It's a 2005, 3 rail sport/dirt bike version. Seller tells me it will only take 1000 lbs. The newer ones take 1500 lbs according to Kendon website.

    I've emailed Kendon to ask but no responses yet and I'd like to get this deal done soon if I know there is a way to get that upper 1500 limit via replacement wheels/tires/axle, etc.

    Anyone know what they did to kick up that weight rating?

    TIA!
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  2. ydarg

    ydarg Miscreant

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    I have a 2001 single bike stand up that has a 1,000 pound rating. Dexter torsion axle, 13" wheels, etc.

    That doesn't seem right for a three bike.
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    darkstarmoto Am I evil? Yes I am

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  4. Catatafish

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    Thanks guys. Darkstar that's a great link, thanks! What I'm still wondering is which replaceable part will bump that '05 to 1500 pounds? I'm hoping it's a simple as swapping out the spindle/bearing/hub. I'll hear from Kendon eventually but thought someone might know off the top of their head.
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  5. Hipster

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    My 2004 single is also rated for 1,000 lbs, which I've upgraded the tires to radial. I wounder if the limiting factor on older trailers is the bias ply tires vs newer trailers with radial tires?
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  6. Catatafish

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    It's funny, the older singles were 1000 and the brand new single is still 1000. It's the triple sport/dirtbike model that gained 500 pounds somewhere along the line.
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  7. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    The torsion axle with be the most expensive part to change to upgrade the weight rating.
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  8. Aprilia

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    I have a 2005 2 rail built in June. Vin sticker shows its Gross is 2000lbs. Weight rating is based on the torsion (rubber) within the axle tube. Would be very expensive to upgrade.
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  9. Catatafish

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    eTrailer shows them in the $500 for a similar axle and then about $100 for a pair of spindles/bearings. I'm hoping Kendon tells me it's just the spindle but more than likely it's probably both. I'll probably just call them today....they are great at making trailers but emailing is not their thing apparently.
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  10. ydarg

    ydarg Miscreant

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    Go to Dexter for info. It either has a #8 or #9 torflex axle.
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  11. Catatafish

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    Great lead ydarg, much appreciated!
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  12. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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