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Old 05-20-2011, 06:10 PM   #15
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I did read your post, but my wonderful iPhone wouldn't allow me to remove the part I didn't want to respond to so you knew what part I was talking about. I have removed the part I was not referring to in the quote above.
Hehe.

When I said "in an ideal world" I meant "not what Airstream actually does, which is a bit less than ideal"...
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:15 PM   #16
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Hehe.

When I said "in an ideal world" I meant "not what Airstream actually does, which is a bit less than ideal"...
You'll get no argument from me about that. Although I think if an Airstream were ever built that everybody agreed was perfect, it would be one strange trailer...
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:06 PM   #17
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I ordered my Axles for about 1000.00 from Colin Hyde.... and I special ordered min with a -40 degree angle to lower my coach so it will still go in and out of my garage.... (ride hight is the same as a pair of bad axles just with spring travel now..)
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:54 AM   #18
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Thanks to all for your input. I'm beginning to wonder if there is a difference in the "spring rate" between 0' and 22.5' axles. If so the 22.5 would offer more suspension travel as well.
My experience with Newell Coach has been that they tend to be over-built in many ways..Air Stream seems to follow a similar philosophy thus they probably used 12" brakes when 10" would do the job. The result is an extra margin of safety that may be much appreciated in certain conditions. 10" would be fine behind my Dodge 3500 but 12" would save the day behind a smaller SUV or sedan TV.
I would not consider much of anything Airstream did to be "overbuilt" especially not on the 70's vintage trailers...

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Yes Aaron....I may agree with you once I dig into my A/S a little deeper. I guess I'm comparing to most other trailers that were stick and tin..very few of them left to restore at this time. I have also been intrigued by the Streamline and Avion trailers as well.
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:29 AM   #20
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I appreciate your response , Frank . At first I felt you are being a bit condescending but I understand that this hobby probably has it's share of "poorly engineered back yard builds" and you have probably seen a lot of them.
I did not intend to be condescending. I was trying to paint a picture of an apple by painting a plum.
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What is the max capacity or load rating or the $189 axles?

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3500#,, 10" brakes, 5 lug, 0', 89" hub to hub.
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3500# each - that is a good deal. Changing the axle width and modification for height isn't. Do you have 5 lug wheels? I don't on my '66 Overlander.

With the axle being 2 inches too wide (or long) that would be the deal killer in my opinon. I could live with the 10" brakes and make a mod for the height. Modifying the existing axle asembly to make it narrow means possible weakening the assembled unit. And if there is an issue you are gonna have to repace the axle(s) a second time. Really not fun and it could wreck a good vacation. Not to mention possible new (smaller and less capacity) wheels and tires.

For just a little more than double the price you could get units that are made for the job, correct angle, width and 12" brakes. Your time and effort are worth something.

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