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Old 07-14-2006, 07:33 PM   #421
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Hi Don-

Boy, you've only been home a week and already have your Bambi apart again!
I can't wait to see how your new axle works.

Brad
I can attest to the fact that my husband loves to dismantle stuff! After nearly 30 years... I have almost accepted that fact! His "retirement card" states: Master Dismantler, Restoration apprentice! That was my contribution to the design!

We have numerous projects in the garage in various stages of re-assembly...

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Old 07-15-2006, 07:44 AM   #422
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I went ahead and had new springs made too - it was not that expensive.

I think adding capacity to the springs is one thing, I would be concerned about adding weight to a realtively weak frame - putting weight right over or near the wheels would be best though
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Old 07-17-2006, 04:01 PM   #423
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I went ahead and had new springs made too - it was not that expensive.

I think adding capacity to the springs is one thing, I would be concerned about adding weight to a realtively weak frame - putting weight right over or near the wheels would be best though
Most of the new weight that I have added or will be adding is over the wheels or very near to the hitch. Also, I've beefed up my frame and have even built a subframe underneath the new holding tanks. If anything, I've overbuilt a little bit. I just want to make sure the springs are happy with the new weight.
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Old 07-20-2006, 12:52 PM   #424
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Thanks for the weight and frame inputs. When I get to the 55 Flying Cloud I plan on updating this trailer a lot. So any input of this type will be greatly appreciated when I actually start work. We are currently in S.F. visiting our Son. I'm waiting to get home and look into the new axle. My computer at home has gone down . So I'm using my Son's computer in S.F. Sounds like everyone is having a great summer.
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Old 07-30-2006, 05:26 PM   #425
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What came first?

New decoration for camp site. What came first the Airstream or the Egg?
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Old 08-01-2006, 11:55 AM   #426
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Wow, am I slow.

Just learned to read karma. Thanks everyone for the great comments. I guess I'll have to catch up.
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New decoration for camp site. What came first the Airstream or the Egg?
LOL... very nice!
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Old 08-02-2006, 08:02 AM   #428
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New decoration for camp site. What came first the Airstream or the Egg?

too much, man! put em on eBay!



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Old 08-03-2006, 08:32 AM   #429
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Recieved Dexter Axle

Guess what! It wasn't what I had ordered. One of my goals in the process of ordering a new axle was to try and solve some of the problems other have had in this process. Why is it I always have to learn the hard way. Oh well! I looked into reordering. That would take another 4 to 6 weeks. So I'm modifying my trailer so it will fit. This means cutting and welding. Which I am in the middle of the process. Pictures and info to follow in the next couple of days. I drew extensive diagrams with measurements to illustrate just what was needed. When I received the axle the main brackets were on back wards. All they would have to do was put the left bracket on the right side etc. I have decided that the people who make axles work in the dark corners of manufacturing buildings. They are in isolated cubicles with no contact with humanity. So, when they get a chance to talk with a person who is making an order, they purposefully make mistakes so they will have another chance to spend hours discussing changes and options with the customer. Because they are starved for contact. Or maybe it's just a male thing. Have you ever seen a group of men standing around a broken Airstream discussing the what ifs and how tos. You will never find me doing such a thing.
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Old 08-03-2006, 09:49 AM   #430
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There is a triangular bracket welded to the frame of my trailer. The purpose of the bracket is to have a stop for the axle as it travels to the top of its movement, i.e. bump movement. I have never heard anyone discuss this bracket before. I'm wondering if this was a factory installation. My reason is that the right side bracket is 3/8" lower than the left side. I can't imagine that it should be this way. Looking for any input on this item.
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Axle modification

First the main brackets on the axle were needed to be reversed on my axle. The factory put them on the way they usually do. Main example of miscommunication. See first picture. This meant that the axle would not bolt to my frame mount. After much thought, and hopefully correct thought, I make the secession to cut out the original mounting plate on my trailer and weld the new bracket to my frame. The second picture shows the piece that was cut out. The third picture shows the new axle with the mounting bracket that came with the axle. The cut in the original bracket is 11" in a 12" bracket, because the new mounting bracket is 11". I did this because it will help in getting a good alignment with the new axle. The new bracket will be welded along the edge of where the new meets the old. Also weld will be placed along the new bracket in other areas where the bracket meets the frame.
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Guess what! It wasn't what I had ordered. One of my goals in the process of ordering a new axle was to try and solve some of the problems other have had in this process. Why is it I always have to learn the hard way. Oh well! I looked into reordering. That would take another 4 to 6 weeks. So I'm modifying my trailer so it will fit. This means cutting and welding. Which I am in the middle of the process. Pictures and info to follow in the next couple of days. I drew extensive diagrams with measurements to illustrate just what was needed. When I received the axle the main brackets were on back wards.
You should have ordered side mount reverse brackets, low profile mount.
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First the main brackets on the axle were needed to be reversed on my axle. The factory put them on the way they usually do. Main example of miscommunication. See first picture. This meant that the axle would not bolt to my frame mount. After much thought, and hopefully correct thought, I make the secession to cut out the original mounting plate on my trailer and weld the new bracket to my frame. The second picture shows the piece that was cut out. The third picture shows the new axle with the mounting bracket that came with the axle. The cut in the original bracket is 11" in a 12" bracket, because the new mounting bracket is 11". I did this because it will help in getting a good alignment with the new axle. The new bracket will be welded along the edge of where the new meets the old. Also weld will be placed along the new bracket in other areas where the bracket meets the frame.
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Don, I don't understand from your pictures what you're about to do. Is the picture taken from inside out? or from outside in?
Looks like your axle moounts point inwards, so are these going to be bolted to the original axle mount location?
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There is a triangular bracket welded to the frame of my trailer. The purpose of the bracket is to have a stop for the axle as it travels to the top of its movement, i.e. bump movement. I have never heard anyone discuss this bracket before. I'm wondering if this was a factory installation. My reason is that the right side bracket is 3/8" lower than the left side. I can't imagine that it should be this way. Looking for any input on this item.
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My 63 had bump stops as well, as a matter of fact, I think they are still there.
They did not interfere with my axle install, as I widened my track a few inches.
The picture shows the little triangula bump stop that would previously interfere with a torsion arm gone wild.
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