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Old 05-08-2016, 08:12 PM   #1
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I'm contemplating cutting the slots into which the axle tubes fit another 1/2" up at the top, so that the top of the brackets on the axles are flush with the bottom of the frame. Can anyone tell me if this will have any kind of unanticipated cascading effect that I want to avoid?
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:58 PM   #2
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I guess how well you will sleep afterwards.
My two cents is that AS could have put a bit more steel in the trailer, the metal thickness is thin.

Have you tried jacking up the trailer and see how your door opening changes? Put a jack between the axles and lift the trailer up. See what happens.
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Old 05-08-2016, 10:24 PM   #3
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That is kinda true about the lack of metal in the frames.

I would be more inclined to add a half inch to the bottom of the frame instead.

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If I read your post correctly, you want to effectively lower the Airstream 1/2 inch by cutting the slots deeper up toward the frame. My thoughts are, that will result in drilling new (horizontal) mounting holes for the axle mounts that are 1/2 inch higher than the existing holes. Since the holes are 5/8 inch diameter, you'll have kind of an overlapping figure "8" hole. May not be a big deal if the mounting bolts are torqued up well, but I'm not sure. Also the 1/2 inch drop will make the wheel/tire to wheel well clearance (toward the outer skin) a bit tighter. If the axles are old and don't drop as much as they are supposed to when the Airstream is lifted (for changing a flat, etc.) this could be a bit of a challenge.

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Thanks for all the replies.

I didn't mention that the shell is currently off, so opening the door won't tell me much.

I thought about it reducing the clearance between the top of the tires and the wheel well, but figured there is enough slop there that 1/2" would not be too drastic.

As for the bolt holes not aligning, I also neglected to mention that the brackets on my new axles don't match up with them, despite being told that at least one of the two would.

That said, I remain jittery about altering the basic structure, so am going to throw the new axles in my truck, tow the frame to a trailer supply shop up the road and let them mount and align the axles, as they do stuff like that all the time. What price peace of mind, and all that.

Joe, a guy I spoke with there Saturday, dryly commented on my tendency to overthink stuff. To which I replied, "Hobbies can bring that tendency out in the best of us." Besides, I've been practicing law for 43 years and old habits die hard.

By the way, I could have ordered my new axles through Joe, who assured me Saturday that he would have made sure they came with brackets that would have bolted right on. Oh well, live and learn.
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Croft Trailer Supply in Lee's Summit MO installed and aligned my axles for $150. What a deal.
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Old 05-29-2016, 08:37 AM   #7
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Here's a pic of the new axles. Other set of wheels have been sandblasted and are currently awaiting a second coat of paint. Not sure why I painted the interior wheel well covers, other than for the heck of it.
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Paint is the first line of defense that metal has against corrosion. If all metal every where always had paint no one would know what is rust and corrosion.

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Should have been more specific: Why raise the axle 1/2"?
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Old 05-31-2016, 07:19 AM   #11
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The brackets on my new axles did not line up with the frame mounting holes. One fix I was contemplating involved modifying the axle slot. The idea met the same fate as most of the other unwise ideas that have either been suggested by well-meaning folks or have simply popped into my head, unheralded by reason or logic. It was abandoned without regret.
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The brackets on my new axles did not line up with the frame mounting holes. One fix I was contemplating involved modifying the axle slot. The idea met the same fate as most of the other unwise ideas that have either been suggested by well-meaning folks or have simply popped into my head, unheralded by reason or logic. It was abandoned without regret.
The bracket on the Henschen axles was changed for the 1969 models, which raised the trailer one inch higher that the 1968 models.

It is for that reason that the brackets from 1969 until today will not fit the holes in the 1968 and older axle mounting plates.

Lining the rear hole on the axle bracket vertically with the rear hole on the axle mounting plate, is all that really needs to be done.

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