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Old 01-21-2007, 09:42 AM   #15
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- we have now sold the GlobeTrotter and moving up to the Overlander -we will miss her and all the fun we had with her - but as they say - life goes on - we are just glad that we got her all nice and safe for the next 46 years!!!
You sold the Globe Trotter?

That's the trailer I met you folks in isn't it?

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Old 01-21-2007, 09:57 AM   #16
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You sold the Globe Trotter?

That's the trailer I met you folks in isn't it?

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Sort of - you met the GlobeTrotters old axle that we carried in the Old Overlander - and then you met Old Peter and I

We had decided that we would get all new running gear on the 61 before we did anything to it - and since there was nothing in the front and the floor was a mess we basically used the front of it as a cargo trailer - then we slept in it - had a porta poti and a water jug- and a fan cause it was HOT -but no electricity.

Arrived at 1:00 am dead tired and then was wooed to sleep with the forklift buzzing back and forth all night with the huge stock of axles you guys were shipping out on the Monday.

So nope we still have the one you saw - that is our retirement project - taking our time with it.

But the one we use is the one we just sold - but now looking at another little replacement - that airstream bug is really hard to shake once you get it.
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Old 01-21-2007, 10:11 AM   #17
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I second that.

When I replaced the axle on our Minuet, I ordered 12' drums vice the 10" originals. I found the axle diameter to be almost twice the original. The 2900 pound trailer, now has axles that will hold up the weight of the world. Well worth the cost, for the peace of mind.
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Old 01-21-2007, 11:22 AM   #18
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All points in this thread are good. I'm guilty of replacing/repairing all the parts except for the axle and shocks. That's next on my list.

Andy - I'll be calling you shortly. Hit's the pocket book but well worth the safety on the road.

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Old 01-21-2007, 12:50 PM   #19
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Hit's the pocket book but well worth the safety on the road.

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Old 01-21-2007, 02:07 PM   #20
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It's all coming back to me.

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Sort of - you met the GlobeTrotters old axle that we carried in the Old Overlander - and then you met Old Peter and I
OK - so the Globe Trotter I did not see, that's the one Peter put the torsion axle on and was very pleased with the results - right?

I believe it is all coming back to me!

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Old 01-21-2007, 02:13 PM   #21
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Axle Caution

According to Andy the axle failure on the road would probally cost a minimum of $7800.00.
That $7800.00 price tag does not take into consideration if you should damage someone elses vehicle or worse (flying wheel).
According to even the most expensive off season (at home) replacment I've seen on this forum is $1200.00 per axle.
Uninteruped outing, priceless.
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:30 PM   #22
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We have reported in the past, that the 1968 and older Caravels and Bambi's had very small spindles.

Because of that, they are "VERY" prone to failure due to fatigue.

Yesterday, we received a call from an owner in Georgia.

He stated " I went over a railroad track crossing towing my 66 Caravel at a moderate speed. I heard a bang. Then I heard a scraping noise. Something was stopping my tow vehicle and trailer. I got out to see what the problem was.

To my amazement, a tire fell off, but the trailer was almost level. Upon further inspection, the tire fell off on the other side as well.

Both spindles cracked in half, allowing both tires to fall off, at the same time. I knew about the warning, but I put it aside for now."


Accordingly, we are bringing this subject up again, as another caution for those owners.

The 655 spindle used on those models, was border line to start with.

They will fail.

When? Who knows.

We replace at least one of these axles, per week.

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CORRECTION CORRECTION CORRECTION.

The above mentioned 655 spindle "IS NOT" the one that fails. That was listed in error.

The spindle size that "DOES" fail is 545U.

That spindle size was used on the Bambi and Caravel models prior to 1969.

They have a huge failure rate due to metal fatigue.

We apologize for any inconvenience the previous information may have caused.

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Old 01-23-2007, 02:27 PM   #23
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My shop just spoke to Dexter axle they are going to be at the Sarasota Rally next month and will inspect your axles at no cost.

The average cost is $4-500 for an axle.
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That's pretty nice of them. Is it a factory rep, or the local distributor that is going to the rally?
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Old 01-23-2007, 04:42 PM   #26
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Wow!

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My shop just spoke to Dexter axle they are going to be at the Sarasota Rally next month and will inspect your axles at no cost.

The average cost is $4-500 for an axle.
Wow!!! Sounds like Customer Service at its best!

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Old 03-28-2007, 09:43 PM   #27
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Hey! Since I'm the guy who watched the wheels on his Caravel pass him after going over a railroad crossing in Georgia, I thought I'd provide an update on all the responses. Sorry to be so late but just got back to Vermont (where I live) after about 5000 miles on my new axle. I too had a new axle on my list and I'm embarrassed to say that it was about the only thing not replaced over the last ten years. Even procrastinated by polishing the whole thing. As Andy said both spindles broke and there was a bit of rockin and rollin until I got it over to the side of a very remote road in Georgia. Both wheels continued down the road another 50 yds or so. After a bit of head scratching and some help from some local folks a car carrier dragged in up onto the bed by the front hitch wheel and rear bumper and deposited me at a local junk yard/rv repair shop. I called my friend Steve Hingten at Vintage Trailer Supply and got the information on 3 possible sources of axles; Dexter, Inland RV for the original axles, and Axis which he had been hearing good things about. I called all three sources and decided to go with Axis becouse of the price difference (about half the price of Inland) and because I found the Axis contact, Colin Hyde, to be very helpful. It took 2 & 1/2 weeks for the axle to arrive in Georgia from Indiana and I used that time to seal the wheel wells, replace a few broken things, get new tires and vacation in Florida. The axle arrived ready to be bolted on and attach wheels. The only drilling was to slightly clean out the bolt holes with a 5/8" bit. From start of installation to drive away was about 3 hours. All the hardware was included with the exception of a lower shock mount pin. The old axle had one welded on. A trip to local hardware store took care of that. Needless to say that I drove away a very happy camper and after 5000 miles I can say it pulls and stops better than ever. Colin's company is located in Plattsburg, NY and it is where I plan to have the body work done. Colin@gsmvehicles.com I think. I regret the wheel well damage but I was on my way back to NOLA to work on Katrina so it was hard to feel to sorry for myself knowing what those folks have lost. Hope this helps. Barry from Vermont
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