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Old 04-12-2007, 10:26 AM   #15
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I am not too concerned about keeping this original as far as the paint goes. I just can't take the brown/copper at all. Probably go with white. How does one tell when you need new axles??? This has not see a ton of travel in its days. Mainly parked at a lake lot with occasional short trips.

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Old 04-12-2007, 10:32 AM   #16
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Basically, any Airstream product built before 1975 will need its axles replaqced. You can tell if it needs them now by looking at the angle of the torsion arms, and by bouncing around inside the trailer. If the hub part of the torsion arm is above the cener line of the axle, they need to be replaced, and if when you jump up and down in the trailer it doesn't really bounce, or "give", you need new axles.
For further info on axles, you can go to, and check the axle info provided there.
Also, the absolute worst thing for torsion axles is to sit for 20 years without moving, they will "sieze".

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Old 04-12-2007, 10:51 AM   #17
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Thanks....... It bounces nicely at this point. I will check the hub in relation to the axle.

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