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Old 12-04-2006, 08:10 PM   #1
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Question axle type? '68 20' Safari

We're soon on our way to go and pick up our newest Airstream, a '68 Safari. We want to bring a spare axle, but are not sure of "type/length", "leaf spring" or "torsion"?????

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We're soon on our way to go and pick up our newest Airstream, a '68 Safari. We want to bring a spare axle, but are not sure of "type/length", "leaf spring" or "torsion"?????
A 1968 22 foot Airstream trailer was built with a "torsion axle."


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Hey! Finally another 1968 Safari. I have LOTS of spare parts since I am remodeling the floorplan. If you need something let me know and it will be cheap.
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The axle will have four bolts and nuts holding it on the frame, and two shock absorbers, and four wires, two per wheel, for the electric brakes. Take along something to lift and support the trailer, and a helper to hold the axle up while you install the bolts. Good luck.
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Neat Wanderer! I have yet to see one of those in person.

I don't know anything about the condition of your '68 or how far you have to tow it home, but I doubt it needs a new axle. The old DuraTorques tend to fail gracefully, the rubber just takes a set and doesn't give you as much "spring travel" as it should. Put new tires on it, repack the wheel bearings, and you're probably good to go. If the old DuraTorque is pretty flat, minimize the load in the trailer and take it easy.

The rule of thumb is that the trailing arms should angle down a little from the torsion tube with the trailer at towing weight. Level is marginal and an up-angle means the axle is ready for replacement.

For what it's worth, the DuraTorque in our 1960 Pacer was fine when we got it. The torsion bar was a little tired, but the brakes looked almost good as new and the wheel bearings were full of grease. We replaced the axle on general principles after a year of camping. Raised the ride height several inches when we did--had to change the hitch height!

Good luck with your new trailer!

See you down the road,

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