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Old 07-25-2013, 10:49 PM   #15
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wished we would have had more time to talk at Carter Caves it was nice to meet you and your family.
Here is picture of my 2nd trailer 89 Excella. I installed Dexter 32.5 degree axles. The double step on the trailer seemed to be the perfect height after this upgrade. The trailer will also be easier to hitch to your pickup.



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Old 07-26-2013, 07:21 AM   #16
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Bill,
Thanks for the pics. That looks exactly like mine. Are you using the monroe shocks with those?
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:37 AM   #17
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Thanks for the pics Steve,
We had a great time, even though our fridge went out on Wednesday. I was able to fix it when we got home. We were sitting just un-level enough to cause a vapor lock in the coils. I was told by a gentleman who sells refrigerators that turning it upside down would not fix it, so, naturally, that was the first thing I tried. Now it gets colder than my home unit. Time will tell.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:23 AM   #18
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Thom,

I am using the shocks purchased from Airstream,

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Thanks for the pics. That looks exactly like mine. Are you using the monroe shocks with those?
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:59 AM   #19
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Bill,
Are you going to bolt the shocks on the bracket?
Also, as a side note, I recently weighed my safari having just completed the interior refurb. The total weight (including tongue) was about 4900. I know that I definitely added some weight with my choice of materials, but after adding everything up, its hard to come up with 1000 lbs. I'm thinking they may not have included the AC and propane tanks when calculating the dry weight of 3905.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:06 AM   #20
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Thom,

The shocks get bolted to the brackets.

They dry weight is just that dry, no water, no propane and no accessories, such as Air Conditioner.

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Are you going to bolt the shocks on the bracket?
Also, as a side note, I recently weighed my safari having just completed the interior refurb. The total weight (including tongue) was about 4900. I know that I definitely added some weight with my choice of materials, but after adding everything up, its hard to come up with 1000 lbs. I'm thinking they may not have included the AC and propane tanks when calculating the dry weight of 3905.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:38 AM   #21
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The shocks get bolted to the brackets.

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Shock studs are supposed to be welded to the shock brackets.

Bolts can get loose. the welding cannot.

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Old 07-29-2013, 03:13 PM   #22
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New axle pics - measuring arm movement exposed!

Very interesting...
So I drove one axle up on blocks(both sides) and found what appeared to be between 2.75 -3.25 inches of play for both axles. (see pics) I'm really thinking at this point that everything is gonna be okay.
But wait- Then I removed the rear wheel (this axle had the most "movement" at 3.25") and placed a floor jack under the drum. I began to jack it up and was astonished to see that there was only about .5" to .75" movement before the frame began to lift. I would have taken pictures of that, but I was too depressed. The problem with the first method I used (that I have read about in several posts) is times two:
First, you have to realize that this is not a true measurement of single arm movement since you are compressing one with most of the weight while completely freeing the other. Under the best circumstances, the true single arm movement would be 50% of what is measured.
Second, I think you have to take into account the tire sidewall flex. Even mine, which are bias ply showed a little compression about .5".
I guess that I can stop talking myself out of new axles.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:23 PM   #23
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Axles installed

Bill,
I just installed my axles today. It took me about 8 hours. None of the holes were close to matching up, so I had to drill 8 holes, 4 of which were through both axle bracket and frame and quite difficult to get to in some cases. One shock stud broke off, so I haven't installed the shocks yet. This has not exactly been a plug and play operation. The brackets were also NOTICEABLY smaller than the originals, and so hole placement is less than optimal.
Have a great day
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Shock studs are supposed to be welded to the shock brackets.

Bolts can get loose. the welding cannot.

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the studs that are welded have a nut on one side if your worried about that nut coming off welding the stud is not going to help.
Bolts are fine for shocks.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:24 PM   #25
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Thom,

Same problem with the holes, had to drill out all eight. Some easier than others. Trailer is about 1 1/2" higher than before. Installed the disc brakes. Uwe connected the hydraulic lines and actuator. Trip to Buellton for the Vintage Trailer Bash last weekend. Disc brakes are FANTASTIC.

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I just installed my axles today. It took me about 8 hours. None of the holes were close to matching up, so I had to drill 8 holes, 4 of which were through both axle bracket and frame and quite difficult to get to in some cases. One shock stud broke off, so I haven't installed the shocks yet. This has not exactly been a plug and play operation. The brackets were also NOTICEABLY smaller than the originals, and so hole placement is less than optimal.
Have a great day
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