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Old 06-02-2014, 09:32 AM   #1
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La Tortuga has new legs!

We did the deed last week and now La Tortuga is standing quite a bit higher than previously. The install was ugly however, good thing I had two experienced mechanics that make their living restoring old cars, so this was right down their alley.
The axles were not "a piece of cake" as others have stated: the mounting holes were an inch off, old was 8", new was 9". Drilling and torching two hours later they were in (finally)!

Also new is Univolt, extra batt., new water heater, new water pump, old SubFurnace out, new cat heater in later on, LED's replaced all incandescents, rockscreen development in-process, a little gas line work and some pex-plumbing and we're good to go!
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:49 PM   #2
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Did you install Dexter or axis ?
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:17 PM   #3
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Cool trailer!
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I'm waiting for 2 axles now. I ordered them from Colin Hyde and they are supposed to be direct replacement, unbolt the old and bolt in the new. I hope it goes that easily.
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I bought them from Andy@inland. I do not remember if the question of hole spacing came up, but if I could go back, I would have gone out and measured. Made a four hour job become a six hour job.
Also, having to weld the shock brackets was also a surprise, fortunately my mechanic was equipt.

I gained quite a bit of storage by removing the old suburban furnace and ductwork and a larger water heater was negated due to limitations of the existing hole and space, however the 6 gal atwood is historically accurate.

The second batt (parallel) is in a box on the bottom of the bath closet next to the 9245 and associated hardware and such.
All internal incandesents have been replaced with LED's as well as the external marker lights.
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Yea the reason I asked is Colin sells axis which bought the Henschen manufacture, Mine were a simple plug and play installation.
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