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Old 09-16-2015, 01:50 PM   #1
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Well the title says it all doesn't it? I went to e-bay to look for something... and lost track of whatever it was I needed because based on prior searches it always brings up some kind of Airstream stuff, and there big as brass were a set of "vintage" axles with an asking price of $200.

I realize that only about 1 in 10 Airstream owners or lookers have ever found the forums, and a few who do have just bought a "vintage" unit that had the rear bath fall out on the road on the way home.... (Yes that could have been me 5000 or so posts ago.)

Blink We are on a mission to save the innocent!

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Always good to help others! one day ours will be 'vintage'... for now, just the 'residents' are.. =)
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I got so tired of the teardrop light eBay drama that I just resin castes my own replicas. Saves a fortune.
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I got so tired of the teardrop light eBay drama that I just resin castes my own replicas. Saves a fortune.
Care to share the process, procuring product/materials?
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Old 09-16-2015, 04:37 PM   #6
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Well the title says it all doesn't it? I went to e-bay to look for something... and lost track of whatever it was I needed because based on prior searches it always brings up some kind of Airstream stuff, and there big as brass were a set of "vintage" axles with an asking price of $200.

I realize that only about 1 in 10 Airstream owners or lookers have ever found the forums, and a few who do have just bought a "vintage" unit that had the rear bath fall out on the road on the way home.... (Yes that could have been me 5000 or so posts ago.)

Blink We are on a mission to save the innocent!

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Would not be a bad deal if the axles were repurposed for a utility trailer and could be picked up locally
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Old 09-16-2015, 04:57 PM   #7
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Would not be a bad deal if the axles were repurposed for a utility trailer and could be picked up locally
And, if the rubber rods were any good.

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I found the eBay axle add. I didn't see "vintage" on there but keep in mind people use old axles for many reasons. When I was growing up in the woods my dad would use old axels to build utility carts for hauling wood around the property or for the trailer to haul the log splitter. We'd have no problem spending $200 on 2 axles that actually rolled.
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I was going to do a comprehensive How To but not too many seemed interested. But I did post something here. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f447...ts-140420.html

My process has come a long way! I've made a better rubber mold that produces thicker lenses free of air bubbles. I'm cranking these out 3-4 a day. I have 8 or each color now. I was thinking of making some and selling them but I need to focus my time on finishing my camper. I made extras for myself in case something broke. It takes $100 in materials, a pressure pot, and an air compressor. You could easily make 50-75 lenses with a pound of resin. I get my stuff from alumilite. You can see more pics on my Instagram: CraigFulton75
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Old 10-14-2015, 03:17 PM   #10
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On the subject of axels how can you figure out the condition of the ones your as has? when I picked up my 1971 land yacht and towed it about 150 miles it was a dream no issues I had the bearings packed and new tires put on. I would hope the mechanic would have mentioned any issues he might have noticed any thoughts??
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Hi betty1971. Google search Airstream axle assessment and you will need to stay up all night reading how to do it! I'll give you a "cliff's notes" (no, not our Airstream Cliff) of how I do it.

1. Airstream axles have a design life of about 30 years. If the axles are older than 30 years, put new ones in the budget.

2. Check the ride height of your trailer on level ground. Eyeball the amount of wheel that is hidden above the body. If the trailer is riding low, the axle rubber is weak. Time for new axles.

3. Jack up one side and then the other side of your trailer. Take the wheels off. Look at the swing arm. It is the heavy piece that the brake drum is attached. It should be about 22 degrees tilting downward toward the ground. It it is less, like perfectly horizontal, then the axle rubber rods have hardened and taken a set. Time for new axles.

By the way, bad axles give the trailer a rough ride. But bad axles are not necessarily a safety concern like bad tires, brakes and bearings can be.

Here is a photo of my new axles installed on my Trade Wind. Maybe you can see the downward angle of the swing arms. And you can see the wheel is fully exposed below the body when sitting on level ground.

By the way, new axles are about $800 each shipped to your favorite loading dock. My estimate based on what I paid.

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