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Old 03-25-2011, 06:23 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by petlovers View Post
Do you think that it's too much of a project? also, do you know what kind of cost involved with replacing them??? It is 2.5 hrs away and we haven't been able to see it yet. Only emailed pictures.

It is not a big project in terms of technical difficulty. You will need (very) basic tools and a good afternoon of work. Depending on what brand of axles you purchase, it can be as easy as securing each axle in place with 4 bolts and connecting 2 electrical wires. Some folks have changed both axles in 4-5 hrs. Mine took 8+ but I was not racing!

But, as Jim said:
Originally Posted by Jim Foster View Post
....With the age of that trailer, if the axles are original, my bet is that they need replacement. It's not a big deal. There are bigger things to be concerned about like the condition of the plywood floor, plumbing, electrical, appliances etc. Axles are not real expensive, and are very easily replaced.
A lot of 70's models, et. al. have some rotten floors in the bath & entry door. Fixing them can be more technically challenging and likely more time consuming than the axles and other running gear. Check them floors good - use an awl around the perimeter, look under the carpet and through the access compartments/bumper.

Definately make a copy of the link for Price vs Condition to see other items to evaluate when you inspect the trailer. Good luck!


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