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Old 02-05-2005, 08:46 AM   #15
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Clearly Airstream thought enough of it to only offer dual axles on Overlander in later years. A single axle on a 26' trailer, no matter what the size of the axle, is pushing the edge at best. And Airstream thought so too based on later offerings.


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Old 02-12-2005, 01:16 PM   #16
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I would like to see some photos if you do upgrade to the dual axles!
I like all years of vintage Airstreams but the old big ones with single axles always kind of distrubed me. It looked "wrong". I take into account the weight. Like someone else said; throw in a microwave, greay water tank and all that other good stuff and POOF it is too heavy.
Let us know what you do. I would love to see pictures of an older one that has been tastefully upgraded to dual axles.
As for tubs, I would look for a scrapped Airstream or Argosy and use those tubs.

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Old 02-13-2005, 06:51 AM   #17
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Thanks for the pic Don. Is that skid plate a standard axel shop item or will they do that eye rowing thing when I ask for it on my new axles.?
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Thanks for the pic Don. Is that skid plate a standard axel shop item or will they do that eye rowing thing when I ask for it on my new axles.?
I think they'll be doing tryouts for the olympic rowing team.

I needed to get new spring mounting plates because the new axle was larger diameter than the original. So it had holes drilled for 3" U-bolts instead of 2 5/8". It also had a higher weight capacity of 5200#.

I cut the original plates in half and used them to make the skids. I also had to fabricate new mounting posts for the shocks, because the shocks are now inside the frame, rather than between the frame and wheel.

The spring mounting plate is mild steel, available at any axle store. I had it welded by ultradog, but most welders could handle it without any problems.

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