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Old 03-06-2013, 09:34 AM   #1
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I am working on a exterior renovation of my 22' 1972 Argosy. Dry weight back then was reported at about 3400 lbs. I removed the 2 old axels, they are 3500 lb as best I can tell. My question is am I screwing up by replacing the old axels with 5000 lb axels? My local trailer place has 2 airstream axels that came off a late model that was crused by a tree. They are priced VERY nicely.
I know it will be a stiffer ride, but under normal use will it really make that much difference?
Many thanks
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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If the 5000-lb axles came off an Airstream built after '94, they're too wide for your Argosy. If they came off an older one, they're too old to be worth the retrofit (I wouldn't take a used '94 axle unless it was free.) I think they're also significantly over-sized from a load capacity perspective, too... they might effectively be as stiff as the original axles you're replacing, since EACH of the axles is rated for about what your total gross weight of the trailer might be, heavily loaded.
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I doubt that your axles are 3500 lbs. My 75 Trade Wind with a dry weight of 4200 lbs had 2600 lb axles from the factory. I would guess that your axles are rated at around 2200 lbs each. There should be a small plate welded to the axle shaft with the info on it.

IMO, 5000 lb axles would be way to stiff for your trailer.
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Forget about the weight rating, as stated above they won't fit.

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Perhaps, share the location and price of the axles... someone might appreciate the lead... Pay it FORWARD!!!
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Good morning,
I am working on a exterior renovation of my 22' 1972 Argosy. Dry weight back then was reported at about 3400 lbs. I removed the 2 old axels, they are 3500 lb as best I can tell. My question is am I screwing up by replacing the old axels with 5000 lb axels? My local trailer place has 2 airstream axels that came off a late model that was crused by a tree. They are priced VERY nicely.
I know it will be a stiffer ride, but under normal use will it really make that much difference?
Many thanks
Your original axles were 2600 pounds.

Perhaps someone change them out prior to your ownership.

A pair of 5000 pound axles on your Argosy, WILL BEAT IT TO DEATH, quickly.

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Thanks everyone. The 3500 lb estimate was most likely a guess from the trailer place owner. I asked him to check the age of the axels and I have not heard back. He said they do fit, so they must be pre 94, and I know enough to not go with a used axel that old. Eh, I figured it was a bad idea, but like I said, the price was right, worth asking anyway.
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Oh BTW, Sunrise Trailers, Ranburne AL. I'll get the age of the axels and post.
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Oh BTW, Sunrise Trailers, Ranburne AL. I'll get the age of the axels and post.
We send a lot of old axles to the metal recycling center near here. Occasionally someone wants a pair for a home built utility trailer.
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