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Old 08-23-2012, 08:47 PM   #15
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i must confess that i am not at all familiar with the various parts of the axle. In all the photos, i can see most prominently, a large "donut"-like thing
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This is a very interesting thread, Terry, thanks much for posting it.

I must confess that I am not at all familiar with the various parts of the axle. In all the photos, I can see most prominently, a large "donut"-like thing, that I am imagining is the support for the trailing arm. I say that because if the arm was parallel to the ground, then it would not appear in the photos, and such is the case in every photo.

Can you confirm that I have the right understanding of what you are showing us? If I don't, I would appreciate your corrections.

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aaaah.
That reminds me of one of the flying tips I read. It seems that big, fan-looking thing spinning in front of the pilot is there only to keep him cool. If you don't believe me, turn it off sometime, and watch him start sweating...

I did get a couple of photos swapped, the '94 and 2009 are in the wrong posts. All I can say is they all look alike...
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:18 PM   #18
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Fascinating thread!
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:28 PM   #20
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I had Luke in Fort Collins replace the axle on my Argosy 20' 2 years ago. The rig was weighed prior to his ordering it, and I know it is the proper Dexter axle for my trailer. After the installation, the arm was and still is horizontal, not tilted down or up. So, I also agree that angle of the arm is not telling all. BTW, the new axle was a great improvement in ride, lack of things being tossed around inside, no more rivets popping and so on. And I can much more easily get the new 16" wheels and tires on and off.
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:32 PM   #21
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Thank you so much for the pics and spending your lunch time helping all of us
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:46 PM   #22
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:11 PM   #23
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I think negative angle (with negative in this case being above horizontal) or lack of travel when unloaded is the more important indicator. I guess negative angle indicates overloading?

In any event, my 37-year-old axles were slightly negative at rest with the trailer empty, but the reason I just replaced the axles was that they only rotated around 5-8 degrees when I lifted the trailers on jacks. Oh, and Argosy wheel wells seem to be cut a little higher than same-year Airstream wells... plenty of tire showed above the rims even with a bit of negative angle at rest.
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Trying again.

Is the item I point out with the red arrow the back of the trailing arm?
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Trying again.

Is the item I point out with the red arrow the back of the trailing arm?
Sorry, I thought you were being funny with your earlier post...

Yes, that is the front, which is welded to a almost square rod that goes into the axle tube. The other (rear) end is where the spindle, backing plate and brake drum reside.
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Trying again.

Is the item I point out with the red arrow the back of the trailing arm?
The back of the trailing arm, is towards the back of the trailer, as well as where the spindle is located.

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Trying again.

Is the item I point out with the red arrow the back of the trailing arm?
All seriousness aside, the arrow points to the point where the trailing arm attaches to the axle shaft.
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There is no doubt that when the rubber gets old and inflexible, the axle is shot. It is too bad that they don't make a removable cartridge that can be easily replaced.
By the way, Flexiride makes their axles adjustable for the angle. It is a real nice feature.
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