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Old 03-13-2014, 10:55 AM   #15
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I don't have the experience. But I think they only come in high lbs ratings, there's a thread somewhere with a Sparten Manor triple with triple air suspension but it was resto built for carrying a vintage porsche IIRC.
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:47 AM   #16
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I don't think anyone has tried to mix axles because the factory never studied this. I don't think there is any data pro or con for replacing one axle. If you do it in such a way as to maintain symmetry, I don't see why it would not work. Would I do this on a double axle trailer, probably not. If I had a triple and it was my trailer I would put a slightly heavier axle in the middle and call it good. I understand the liability issues etc. and three new axles would be the way to go if money were no object.

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Old 03-13-2014, 12:37 PM   #17
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I don't have the experience. But I think they only come in high lbs ratings, there's a thread somewhere with a Sparten Manor triple with triple air suspension but it was resto built for carrying a vintage porsche IIRC.
You are right; they are only for very heavy trailers...
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Old 03-13-2014, 02:00 PM   #18
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I don't have the experience. But I think they only come in high lbs ratings, there's a thread somewhere with a Sparten Manor triple with triple air suspension but it was resto built for carrying a vintage porsche IIRC.
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Old 03-13-2014, 02:06 PM   #19
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That's the one. It was a really cool build.
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What I am torn about is weather to upgrade this one axle or to replace it with the same. I doubt the owner wants to replace all three after all the other work that was done.
Either replace it with same axle, or better yet, replace all three with a better capacity axle similar to what the factory started to do mid-2005.

I know the owner won't wanna hear that, cause it ain't cheap, but look at it this way, you have in front of you a 10 year old RV. You go and put one new fresh and crisp axle on that rig and its most likely not going to be as broken in as the other two. Sort of like replacing 1 tire out of 4, with the other 3 having 40k+ miles on them.

As much as I wouldn't wanna spend the extra $$ on such short notice-- if it were me, I'd put three new higher capacity axles on it. IMHO, that is really the right thing to do and I say that having a 10 year old rig that is gonna be due for it in the next few years. I'll be replacing both to match Airstream's 7300GVWR found on most post 2005 25 footers.
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:38 PM   #21
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So, if you folks were upgrading all three, how much would you increase? Up #500 pounds each to #4000 axles? What did Airstream do when they realized their short comings?
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4000 lbs sounds about right Frank. You could give him an option to replace one axle with the risk it may cause problems and if he will sign something to that effect then I would not worry about it. If you replace all three they are new enough that all the brake components should swap over to the new axles. You might be able to get a deal on all three as opposed to one. What kind of deal will Colin give you? He is pretty close to you is he not?

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For what it's worth if it were my trailer and it was suggested I change or upgrade one axle I'd take my trailer elsewhere. I wouldn't change one old tire out and I wouldn't change one shock absorber out for much the same reason.
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All three are being changed. I started this thread to investigate if others have had issues with this also. I appreciate the input everyone has given.
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All three are being changed. I started this thread to investigate if others have had issues with this also. I appreciate the input everyone has given.
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The 34 foot Airstreams should be equipped with 4000 pound axles.

It's also important that because of the increase that attention be directed to running gear balance.

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Thank you everyone for the input. Axles are on order and all three are being replaced.
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The 34 foot Airstreams should be equipped with 4000 pound axles.

It's also important that because of the increase that attention be directed to running gear balance.

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Andy my 34' has your centramatic wheel balancers on it. I love them, they really do work well. I am thinking of adding them to my F250 TV.
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