I went thru all sorts of possible solutions over the last week.
Replace sorry running gear for decent 3500lb gear. $1600 to have a marginal trailer.
Replace sorry running gear for decent 5200lb gear. $3k once 6 new wheels/tires are factored in.
I found a way to get Dexter axles cheap so that option had to be explored.
Buy a new 10k trailer for $5k from an Internet dealer…Lots of these guys have really bad reviews.
Buy a new 10k trailer from my local, trusted dealer…Pricey. Warranty is darn nice tho.
Buy a used 10k trailer that was originally really nice like Pace or some other big name brand…The price only comes down when they start looking old and sad. My neighbors have no tolerance for a sparkling new trailer parked in front of the house for a couple days. They’d go berserk if I put an old sad trailer out front for a couple days to work on it.
Buy a used, not name brand 10k trailer. Then I run afoul of all the folks complaining about their off-brand trailers falling apart.
Today I went to the local dealer and picked up my trailer. I then took it from the trailer “dealer” to a trailer “repair” shop. Whereas the dealer wouldn’t replace the axle because he felt strongly that all the non-standard running gear needed to be replaced, the repair shop was perfectly happy replacing the bent axle. Won’t cost hardly spit either. Dang, it was about time a break came my way.