We are now on our 4th Airstream - not sure if the 99 Excella counts but what the heck.
The key restoration element we have learned is AXLE makes you sound (of course along with a sturdy frame and matching and balanced running gear) But it all starts with the Axle.
Over the past four years the next big observation is that there is not a general Airstreamer Data Base for Axles.
There of course is Andy and the OEM's Henchiens opps how do you spell that.
And there are dexters supplied by all sorts of people in the RV and Vehicle trades - or just the Axle Trade period.
And then came along Axis who also make Axles.
But there is only one data base available and we know where that is and that it is not going to be public. To the new people here that buy their diamond in the rough that they have just found and dragged out of a field of 40 years of nature how can we find this information more efficiently.
So we all start the same process - what is it again we are looking for - degrees what did you say, measure where from what.....and for those who get the measureing tape a little cocked end up with a pretty good shock - and I am not talking about the infamouse Airstream Shocks and their shock mounting plates either - I'm talking the commerce shock.
So How about it folks - we have an inspector thread, we have the ability to create surveys - the database of pictures and people in this forum is invaluable - it is PUBLIC and it is FREE!
I can offer up 3 measurements. But I need help from someone so that we can be consistent in what we are measuring how and from where.
I can offer up:
1999 Excella 28' 1000
1969 Globe Trotter 21' (but not for long as she is sold)
Overlander 26' (Leaf Spring System)
But what I am looking for which it would have been great to go to a database to look up is the 1963
Globe Trotter 19'.
Then I could order my axle from whom ever I choose - pick it up arrive at the location and change out the axle along with the wheels and tires.
I listened to the nightmare on the VAP with having some real issues with picking up older trailers and I just don't want to go there. Renting a Flat bed and the hassles of taking it out of the "Country" is more complicated than purchasing an axle and installing it before we come home.
So one - can anyone help me with the measurement for the 63 Globe Trotter
Lets start a Forums Axle Data Base