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Old 05-13-2018, 07:16 PM   #1
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1973 Safari Axles?

I just bought a 1973 Safari tandem axle that was stationary for 10+ years. I need to tow it back to my house which is 60+ miles away.

Has anyone been through a similar experience? Did you have to replace the axles? What should I be looking for?

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Old 05-13-2018, 07:23 PM   #2
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Those axles look shot. Replacing the tires may be a challenge, nut if you can go very easy on your trip home. I suspect that after 10 years the brakes are not functional and I would not be surprised if the wheel bearings are rusted,\.

The good news is that all of the bad stuff will come with the new axles. The trick will be getting the trailer home.
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:30 PM   #3
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Those axles look shot. Replacing the tires may be a challenge, nut if you can go very easy on your trip home. I suspect that after 10 years the brakes are not functional and I would not be surprised if the wheel bearings are rusted,\.

The good news is that all of the bad stuff will come with the new axles. The trick will be getting the trailer home.
Thanks az!
Yeah I was told by the tow yard where it's currently at that I should get a low profile flatbed and have it towed home.
Just super excited to get started. I have about a month to get it out of the tow yard so just wondering what I can do to get it road Worthy till then.
Any ideas where to get new axles if I need to go that route?
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There are several places you can order from. Dexter seems to be the only major company in the business at this time. You need to get the right axles that fit your trailer. Make sure you order the axles with brakes and drums. On my 75 TW I had everything including self adjusting brakes and ez-lube bearings. I would not go with the never lube bearings, but that is personal preference.

One dealer close to you is Inland RV. They are in Corona, CA and carry many vintage parts. They are under new ownership and I do not know anything about the business now.
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Awesome, I will call inland tomorrow, thanks for the info!
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Before you order the axles, consider ordering the new ones with an altered angle to increase your trailer height. As I recall you can add up to 3" by doing this, no extra expense, and it will make your camping life a lot happier!
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Hi Dryfly, thanks for replying!
As a person whose never rv'd before, why is the extra height valuable in your opinion?
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Short version - more height = more flow
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The extra height is handy if you’re planning any boondocking (ground clearance), and I think DryFly is referring to tank drainage being a little easier with a touch more height over the dump station.
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Ahhhh Thanks Yippie!

I thought he was referring to Hwy airflow/aerodynamics! hahahhaha

Show you how green I am at this stuff

That does make sense now.
When someone says the axles need to be replaced, how do they know exactly? Are they looking for cracks? Does the wheel not spin? Too much rust?

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I apologize for the brevity of the previous post. Yes, it's because the extra height will make a big difference when emptying your tanks at some locations. I didn't know about the option when I purchased the axles for our Argosy and learned a lesson. It's certainly not an unworkable set up if you don't raise the height, but there pretty much is only an upside.
The axles on Airstreams utilize a twisted, pre-loaded rubber core that acts as an internal shock absorber. There is a really good history on the forum - search for a history of the Dexter Axle - that delves into the manufacturing process.
Basically the rubber looses it's spring after many years, especially if it's been sitting, so that once the spring is lost you have no shock absorbing ability between the axle and the frame. That's really tough on your frame and is probably not safe to tow at freeway speeds. Others will have better explanations I'm sure
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Here's a good discussion that should help with the understanding of the axles

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f437...les-55371.html
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I apologize for the brevity of the previous post. Yes, it's because the extra height will make a big difference when emptying your tanks at some locations. I didn't know about the option when I purchased the axles for our Argosy and learned a lesson. It's certainly not an unworkable set up if you don't raise the height, but there pretty much is only an upside.
The axles on Airstreams utilize a twisted, pre-loaded rubber core that acts as an internal shock absorber. There is a really good history on the forum - search for a history of the Dexter Axle - that delves into the manufacturing process.
Basically the rubber looses it's spring after many years, especially if it's been sitting, so that once the spring is lost you have no shock absorbing ability between the axle and the frame. That's really tough on your frame and is probably not safe to tow at freeway speeds. Others will have better explanations I'm sure
No problem DryFly! Thanks for expounding on that for me. I would have never got it just by looking at my axles.
I will do more research on the rubber shocks.
Can I tell by looking at the rubber shocks if they are bad by eyeballing it? Or is it something I have to put it on the road to know for sure?
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Here's a good discussion that should help with the understanding of the axles

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f437...les-55371.html
Thanks for that link!
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