'76 Argosy 26 Axle replacement purchase/info
I spent many many hours reading many threads about axles. I got an order sheet from Dexter, completed it, then contacted Redneck trailer supply for a quote. In the mean time, I left a message at Inland RV with serial numbers and later called Colin Hyde.
I received a quote from Redneck. Then Andy called and said, we have your axle good in stock. The price was better than going to Redneck direct. I picked them up at Inland RV the very same day.
When I got home, Colin had emailed a response about the differences between Inland and his axles. Very informative. I may have purchased through him If I had heard from him first. There are many posts about, how do I contact Colin? But his response time was hours, not days or weeks that you read about.
Any how, I liked the fact I did not need to pay for shipping and was able to pick them up the same day. All those hours of research, measuring and re measuring, hoping I got it right was for not. But I did have the measurements correct.
I started spraying PB Blaster friday night, made a template and parked the front axle on blocks, PB again on Saturday early AM. At 8:00 AM (Noise), I started my compressor and impact. I finished everything by myself except wiring before it got dark. Friends came over to help after I was done. LOL.
I read, to enlarge holes to use a step bit. I used a die grinder to oblong the holes. It makes a lot of noise but with the metal rasp bit, it grinds fast.
The existing rear holes I used as is. Cut about a 1/4" wider towards the front for the axle notch. Flap disk to clean up. Enlarged the front holes.
Axle swap was easy. If I had another hand it would have been cake.
A couple surprises about the axles. When I see pictures of axles they are all assembled with the brakes. Mine came with bearings and brakes in boxes. The other item I was not expecting was the shock mounts, welded on and ready to go.
To be honest, If the brakes came assembled with the axle, I would not have installed it alone. It would have been too heavy.
I'm not sure if Inland RV supplies instructions but I did not receive any. I was able to find torque settings for the brake backing, bearings, and lugs online at Dexter.
I have not pulled the trailer but I'm very confident they are in alignment. Verified measurements from front jack and rears of the axle slots did not change.