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Old 10-07-2012, 11:48 AM   #1
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Removing an Axle

I'm going to replace the axle on my 72 Argosy 20'. I thought I would place a 4x4 across the pan and place jack stands under that while I remove and replace the axle. My question is, where can I safely place the 4x4 so as not to damage the belly pan and other components? Or is there a better safer way to support the trailer while the axle is gone?
If you've jacked your trailer up before, photos would be instructive.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:24 PM   #2
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Is the Argosy a single or double axle? If it is double it is safer to do one axle at a time.

You could jack up the trailer and lower onto jackstands which are placed under the fishplate the axle is mounted to. i would have at least 4 jackstands, both in front and in back of the axle. Leave yourself enough room to get the axle out and in.

Don't expect the old axle to just drop out. You may have to coax it a bit. Similarly don't expect the new axle to slide right in. It might but might not. I used a floor jack and a couple of bottle jacks for nudging.

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If you have not purchased parts check out this link. A long conversation with a friend that owns multiple trailers (none of them Airstreams, poor thing!) resulted in his recommending that I purchase an entire axle assembly because it would be cheaper than having the brakes rebuilt with all new parts. I have not researched size, fit, or anything else but here is the link in case it is helpful. At the very least the name gave me a chuckle.
http://www.redneck-trailer.com/Porta...nt/files/A.pdf
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Axles are usually sold complete with brakes. What you may need to specify is if there is a shock mount bracket. Also regular, never lube or EZ lube hubs. I prefer the EZ lubes.
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So this is a single axle. I don't know how the frame is configured. If I place a 4x4 running parallel to but behind the axle mount (east west), will the frame be sitting on the 4x4 when I raise the trailer to remove the axle?
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I know Airstream 70s double axles. Is there a vertical plate to which the axle is bolted? Can you post a photo?
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If your 1972 Argosy 20 is like the one I had, there will be two pads or stickers with the word "JACK" just behind the vertical axle mounting plate. You can place a jackstand on the frame at those locations. Make sure the jackstands are on the rivet line so the frame rests on them.
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Here's a photo from behind the axle looking forward. There is a square area on the pan just to the right and aft of the vertical axle mounting member, but it is not under the frame. I assume I could run my 4x4 across the pan from frame to frame at this point, is that correct?
Just for my own edification, what is the frame made of on these? I know it's steel, but is it a c channel, tube or U? It appears from what I can see that there are two steel frame members running the length of the trailer, inset from the exterior about 2', with outriggers coming off of them, yes?
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behind the axle not aft..

I would suggest a transmission lift. You can get one at Harbor Freight for less than $80 and it will make the job $100 easier. Just a suggestion.

I also suggest you use 6 jack stands for a single axle. I put the main jack stands at the jacking point (just behind the axle on the frame rail). A trailer dangling in the air always makes me nervous so I put two at where the rear and the frame meet and two where the front and A frame meet. I do not jack with them, just use them as a safety measure.
NEVER jack anywhere but at the jacking points. The trailer is balanced to be lifter there, Anywhere else and you can twist the frame and or flip it over.
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Arghh, on a vessel aft is towards the stern (rear)

The vertical plate in the photo is what I jack from.
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You will probably need to drop part of the gas line too. Just disconnect at the nearest fitting to the axle. Make sure to put tape over both ends, a spider might crawl in during the swap and it will clog the orifice.
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Yes, perfect. Thank you.
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