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Old 01-10-2018, 12:57 PM   #1
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1957 22' Axle Replacement

I'm considering a 57' 22 Caravanner that's in another state. A lot of things have been replaced from the floor up, but the seller isn't sure if his friend (who renovated it) had replaced the axles as well. I'm planning on towing it across the state and then parking it and using it as a tiny home. I can assume that the axles have been replaced at some point in it's 60 year life, right? Even if they haven't, would a 3 & 1/2 hour road trip be a terrible idea? I'm assuming a lot but if frame separation was obvious, I would guess that someone wouldn't redo the whole floor.

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Old 01-10-2018, 01:16 PM   #2
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Welcome. That’s a great trailer. We acquired a 55 Flying Cloud a few years ago. It was located in upper Michigan. I live in central Texas. It had all the origininal equipment including the leaf spring axle. I wasn’t as concerned about the axle as the bearings. They had repacked the bearings the year before and had not moved it since. We headed to Michigan with all my hand tools including a pop rivet set. We checked the bearings when we got there and they were good. We swapped out their old tires with new ones I brought. Headed home. Whenever I stopped, I would check the wheel temperature with a laser thermometer. They were good. Only issues we had was part of the belly pan dropped down and we lost some of the old insulation and a couple of chipmonks. We reattached with rivets and we’re good to go. Visually check the axle tube, leaf springs and all the mounting bolts. Those axles do last a long time. Good luck, Bubba
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Old 01-11-2018, 03:15 PM   #3
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Welcome. That’s a great trailer.. Visually check the axle tube, leaf springs and all the mounting bolts. Those axles do last a long time. Good luck, Bubba
Basically I did the same thing as Bubba...towed the trailer approx.1200 miles on the original axle and leaf springs, after servicing the bearings. Not a hiccup through out the trip.

That being said. Now that I started the renovation, I replaced the axels and leaf springs with a torsion axle. Simple reason it cost almost as much to replace or fix the brakes on the original frame as to buy a new axle.
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Old 01-11-2018, 04:10 PM   #4
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Also, be sure and tie the door shut. Check all the roof vents and secure. Good luck, Bubba
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:03 PM   #5
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3m outdoor blue tape is great for taping any leading edges of doors, windows, hatches, or anything you're worried about blowing off and it comes off easily when you're done, at least within the first few weeks!
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The door will open always or if its just in shoddy condition?
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Swinging Door

Bubba is referring to the possibility of the door swinging open in transit. Until you get experience with this trailer, and understand it, during transit there is a possibility of it swinging open and damaging both your door and the side of your Airstream due to structure movements. You may also have a deadbolt lock already installed or a redundant lock system that will serve the same purpose.
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3m outdoor blue tape is great for taping any leading edges of doors, windows, hatches, or anything you're worried about blowing off and it comes off easily when you're done, at least within the first few weeks!
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Islandtrader, it sure beats redriving the trip hoping to find the window or whatever it is doesn’t it!
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Jeeze! You get all that info. If its been sitting a long time do the wheel bearing check for grease. Forget all that other good stuff and take it home. Just a good "preflight" will get you there. And, yes!...I have done this many times.
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Definitely tie the door shut. We bought a 57 caravanner and 1/4 mile after we got it the door flew open. Luckily it dented the vent for the refrigerator and not the shell. Easy fix. We bought it off a guy who just drove it from Arkansas to Kansas all original with no issue on the drive back
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