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Old 08-01-2005, 02:24 PM   #1
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Axle questions

I am considering the purchase of a 1968 Tradewind (tandem axles) and based on what I have read here I am going on the assumption that they will require replacement. Does anyone know where I can get the specifications for the axles? The trip home would take me near the factory in Elkhart Ind, does it sound reasonable to by the axles there and have them installed locally? Any thoughts on this matter would be greatly appreciated as I have no airstream experience.

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Old 08-01-2005, 02:36 PM   #2
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Talking From the old axles!

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Does anyone know where I can get the specifications for the axles?
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Rodney,


There are several key questions that any axle manufacturer will require to build you axles.



They are:
  • Hub face dimension
  • Outside of bracket dimension
  • Mounting bracket height/hole location
  • Lug bolt pattern
  • Brake requirements
  • Capacity

While this list is not complete, it is basic. A short call to an axle shop and a bit of homework on your end should be all that is required to get you set up. Typically the phone call can range from 5-10 minutes.



I hope that this helps,

Henry
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I may be wrong .....

However I believe there is going to be a good possibility that the factory will not have your axle in stock. It is a vendor item and they may be very happy to install it, they will just have to order it first.

There may be other things you want to consider first.

* Bare axles or loaded axles. (Loaded being with new brakes) I believe the price diff with loaded axles to be small and getting everything new makes lots of sense.
* Brake type - do you want to upgrade to disc brakes from drum brakes?
* Load - do you want to slightly increase the load capacity of the axles or leave them stock load?


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Oh boy

Where does one find all that information bearing in mind the trailer is 600 miles away? Is there a standard reference for the trailer, or am I looking at crossing that bridge when I get there?

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I may be wrong .....

However I believe there is going to be a good possibility that the factory will not have your axle in stock. It is a vendor item and they may be very happy to install it, they will just have to order it first.

There may be other things you want to consider first.

* Bare axles or loaded axles. (Loaded being with new brakes) I believe the price diff with loaded axles to be small and getting everything new makes lots of sense.
* Brake type - do you want to upgrade to disc brakes from drum brakes?
* Load - do you want to slightly increase the load capacity of the axles or leave them stock load?


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Im thinking about replacing the brakes, Id love to do disk breaks but from what I have read here they may be out of my price range.

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If price is a factor (and it usually is) I would wait untill I get it home. Have some one inspect it and determine if the axles do need replacement. And it is 37 years old so replacement may be high on the list.

The axle may be acceptable or marginal, to a point that it is still usable for a period of time.

So my approach would be to have a complete inspection and prioritize the repairs. Example -- If you have replaced the axles and the plumbing does not work, well what's the point? Or you may want to save up or budget the repairs to have a planned repair expense. I know that may sound too logical.

Cause in this type of deal, if you start on one thing it will lead to other issues. Trust me on that!

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So you want to buy an Airstream three states away?


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Where does one find all that information bearing in mind the trailer is 600 miles away? Is there a standard reference for the trailer, or am I looking at crossing that bridge when I get there?

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