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Old 06-06-2005, 10:29 AM   #15
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The centerline of the wheel is definitely above the axle and the angle is definitely positive. I read your article and looked at the pictures. I understand how the “Dura Torque” Axles work. As soon as I got home last night I took a look and knew immediately that we were in trouble.

Nice article, by the way


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If the hub center is closer to the ground than the center of the axle, your in good shape.

It becomes a problem when the hub center is "above" the axle center.

You should also be able to see 2 to 3 inches of the tire above each wheel. If the axles are bad, the top of the wheel will be hidden by the wheel well trim.

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Buttercup.

Thanks for the article compliment.

Now you know why some Airstream owners have an "A" and "B" savings account.

The "A" is for axle. The "B" is for better late than never.

But, your airconditioner still works, so all is not lost.

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I am going to go home this evening and start soaking bolts - if you know what I mean. I already started putting info on the web.

My hope is that I can replace the axles without having to replace a lot of other stuff. I just want to bolt new ones in and go on my way. Is that possible???
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I just want to bolt new ones in and go on my way. Is that possible???
Buttercup,



Direct bolt in replacements are available, from several sources.



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Old 06-06-2005, 12:54 PM   #19
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Do a search, the methods for replacing axels have been discussed many times, and there are people here who have done them themselves and those who have hired the job out. Lots of good information can be found. Good luck with your new project!
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Old 06-06-2005, 01:05 PM   #20
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I ain't scared!

I have looked this over and checked my service manual (yes the PO had that for me) and I think it will not be too difficult. Might be a little of a knuckle buster but I can do it…
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I was kind of wondering the same thing.

With all the different trailer models and years out there, how can you be sure your mounting bolts line up? What about the shock mounts?



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Your original axles were made by Henschen.

Their replacements fit exactly for your model, with no changes or engineering required on your part.

If you wish to use any other companies axles, then you must provide the engineering data, and hope they fit.

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I was kind of wondering the same thing.

With all the different trailer models and years out there, how can you be sure your mounting bolts line up? What about the shock mounts?
Henschen will build your axles from the VIN you give them, they have all the data from Airstream. The other axle suppliers will need your measurements to get the holes, etc. in the right places, but they can, and most likely will.
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OK folks, we have removed the warranty posts at this point. Obviously there is disagreement in regards to what is being offered and we aren't going to resolve it going back and forth. I would suggest that any of you interested in purchasing replacement axles, get a warranty statement from the vendor supplying the materials and/or doing the work. That's your warranty and you will know (hopefully) for sure what you are getting.
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Getting back to the issue at hand...

Thanks for nipping that in the bud, Jack.

Buttercup, the easiest way I found, short of putting the entire trailer on an overhead lift, is to replace one axle at a time, by pulling the front axle on blocks, or ramps, until the rear tires are off the ground. Replace the axle, tires, brakes, shocks, etc., whatever you are going to replace, then roll back off the blocks, or ramps, and pull up with the new axle on them, again until the tires of the old axle are off the ground, and repeat the process. Then, celebrate by applying ice to your smashed knuckles.
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Axle replacement

Buttercup, I just replaced my axle on my Caravel. I bought it from Andy at Inland RV. It fit very well. Nice and snug. I had to drill new mount holes. No surprise there as Andy told me I would have to do this because of the Caravels short mounting flanges. The shocks fit and clear everything. The shock mount cleared the torsion arm bump stop too. It took me about an hour to put the new axle in ( but there is beer involved too) . I would think you could spend a day on a tandem axle.
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