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Old 08-07-2015, 01:53 AM   #1
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Axle replacement?

as a newby i was curious as to what the general consensus is on replacing original axels on a 1976 sovereign solely because of its age. The folks i purchased from had it sitting for 20 years and no idea of previous maintenance. Thx
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Old 08-07-2015, 05:55 AM   #2
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you only get about 10-15 years of service out of them.
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Contact Colin Hyde at Colin Hyde Trailer Restoration. He is a national distributor for the most popular axle for Airstreams (Dexter) and can help you select the exact set of axles tailored for your particular trailer and ship it to you or your installer. You won't find anyone who knows more about axles for Airstreams than Colin.

His screen name on the Airforums is Colin_H, his email is colin@colinhydetrailerrestorations.com and # is (518) 578-7772.

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Contact Colin Hyde at Colin Hyde Trailer Restoration. He is a national distributor for the most popular axle for Airstreams (Dexter) and can help you select the exact set of axles tailored for your particular trailer and ship it to you or your installer. You won't find anyone who knows more about axles for Airstreams than Colin.

His screen name on the Airforums is Colin_H, his email is colin@colinhydetrailerrestorations.com and # is (518) 578-7772.

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Colin sells Axis axles.

Inland RV sells Dexter axles.

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Axle replacement?

Here is a guide to help you determine if you need new axles. Andy, with many years experience in repairs as a professional, frequently answers questions on the forum. I remember recently he said 25 years was the life of axles.

http://www.inlandrv.com/articles/dur...xle-92001.html
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Old 08-07-2015, 10:41 AM   #6
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Thanks. Great information. Much appreciated
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It's also beneficial for axle life to store the trailer unweighted, up in the air. Using a 4 ton floor jack and four 6 ton jack stands I put mine up in the air a few weeks ago to repack bearings, adjust brakes, replace tires, etc.

The best I can tell from the data plates on my axles is they are original (75). The torsion arms however are slightly positive (down). I measured wheel to wheel well before lifting, then again once it was up in the air, 1-7/8", so they don't meet the 3" guideline.

Out of curiosity, and because I'm still making minor repairs, I left it up inthe air. Two to three weeks later the wheel to wheel well measurement is 2-1/8" ... maybe the axle fountain of youth?

Towing empty it was fine. Next trip will be when we move and it will be loaded, so we'll see.
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:32 PM   #8
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I've been pondering axle replacement as well. My axles appear to be original (1979 trailer) and the arms sit at a neutral angle. It rides great even when loaded and very little stuff get displaced inside, if at all. I run D range tires at 60 PSI and my wheel wells are about 2.5" above the top of the hubcaps. I suppose I could gain some height with new axles, but the ride quality seems to be great as is.
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I replaced the axles on my 1994, and couldn't believe the difference. On looking back only 1 year, when I had the 1976 Sovereign, those axles should have been replaced. After having a trailer that has had the replacement, the difference is tremendous. It is a major cost, but one that will pay dividends when you are towing, and help to extend the life of your trailer. Andy at Inland is a great source of information and product!!! Chris
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