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Old 04-02-2014, 11:22 AM   #99
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We got the axles in and now its time to install them. We bought them from Colin so that there is only the 4 bolt installation needed. Now if they only go on easy as they're supposed to. We also got new shocks and updated to the automatic/auto adjusting brakes, well something like that.

This Saturday is I-Day...installation day and I'll be posting pics along the way.
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:57 PM   #100
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Done. We got the axles installation completed over the weekend. The first axle took about 6 hours (including 4 trips to the store and lunch). It wasn't hard just cumbersome and with only one hydraulic lift it was hard to get the old ones out, they just kept getting hung up since both sides weren't lowering evenly. The second one took about an hour. For some reason that axle didn't give the lift any grief, go figure. I'm glad it was the second one that was easy. We had to leave the wiring for Sunday but that's finished now too.

We discovered we only gained about an inch in height but that wasn't because the old axles were still good, they'd simply frozen in place at a high spot! The size of the old to new shocks were shocking! The old ones were in permanently compressed state. Needless to say our previous tows have been very stiff and we're looking forward to towing this weekend (to Springstream) and feel how smoothly it goes.

I'm not sure how to post photos here from my other forum but here's a link to see the highlights of what we did.
New Axles - www.glampingforum.com

and more pics here on facebook but not in any order...
https://www.facebook.com/robin.harri...3238044&type=3
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:27 AM   #101
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We hadn't thought about it but we took our first trip on our new axles and when we arrived we saw our new axles had gain us about 3 or so inches which apparently was because we loosened them up from the drive, duh. We can almost see over the top of the tire now! Never having towed anything before I expected the driver to be able to feel the difference with the new axles but I didn't realize the passenger would be able to also, the truck felt like a much softer ride than when we'd previously towed, awesome! It's also a great feeling to know we're protecting our Airstream and rivets.
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:54 AM   #102
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We're both happy and sad to say that we've sold our trailer. Due to our recent move & now commute we simply haven't had time to camp and we really didn't like the idea of this beautiful trailer wasting away. Her new owners picked her up yesterday.

Our plans definitely include another Airstream in the future, well, unless fate puts the right trailer in our path sooner rather than later.
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