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Old 03-28-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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Axle?

I have a 77 sovereign my axles are going out.I have two trips coming combined they are about 500 miles.will it hurt using the camper I live Louisiana and we have flat ground and crappy interstates?
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:56 PM   #2
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Go for it as long as you have good tires and operating brakes.
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Tires are in fair shape and the brakes work.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:05 PM   #4
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IMHO and based on hauling a '77 with crappy axles on the same roads...

You don't have to worry about arriving home from your 500 miles with only an Airsteam tongue dragging behind your tow vehicle...

You may find a few things that say "I've been on the road"...

Last time I checked, the reason we get campers is to go camping...

Keep us posted on your adventures!
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Before I had my axle replaced, the camper shook so bad that it sheared off a few rivets inside every time I drove. With the new axle, no missing rivets. I wondered what it was doing to the plumbing and electrical.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:23 PM   #6
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How mUch do axles run? This thing is like my 77 jeep waggy I am restoring.it takes every penny but they are worth it.I got rid of a newer 5 th wheel for the silver wagon.if I could get my wife to fell same way it would be a perfect life.
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I paid about $900 to have it done- maybe $450 for the axle and the same for labor. That's for a single Dexter that matched the OEM spec, 3500gvw.
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Doing the test looking At rim and fender wheel.the top of my rim is about 3" below the top trim on the fender wheel.
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Doing the test looking At rim and fender wheel.the top of my rim is about 3" below the top trim on the fender wheel.
"The Test" is not really accurate, since Airstream moved wheel well moldings up and down over the years. I've seen trailers that passed the test have really bad axles, and trailers that failed the test have good axles. All Airstreams with the 22.5 degree starting angle (all the OEM ones, even the new ones) will have the trailing arms of the axles at zero degrees when they have a load (like the trailer) on them.
A better "test" is to raise the trailer with a jack under the proper spot, and watch how far the tire drops when the weight is removed from it.
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Terry nailed it!!

It's the angle of the dangle, if it drops a little go for it, if it don't, go for it anyway, drive carefully and be prepared for some loose rivets.

We toad several Seasons with a bad axle on our 63 with nothing more serious than a few looseies.

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The axle on my Bambi II is also pretty shot. It tows just fine, but a little harsh. Fixing that tomorrow with a new axle from Colin Hyde. Axle price is $495 with shipping cost of $225 to a commercial address.The axle comes completely assembled & include 10" brakes, powder coated axle tube, "safety lube" spindles (allows you to grease the bearings without removing the wheels), shock brackets welded in place, mounting bolts, lug nuts & an owner’s manual. The shop doing the work has done several Airstream axles and seemed very knowledgeable about Airstreams when I spoke to them. They thought it was funny when I told them how much some shops were charging for the job. Installation is $150, two hours labor. Easy job when you have the proper tools and knowledge. It will be nice to have a softer ride with working brakes.
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What is the proper way to jack it up and test the axles?
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What is the proper way to jack it up and test the axles?
No jacking necessary.

Pull one tire at a time up on some 2 X 6's.

Then observe the tire drop.

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