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Old 10-27-2008, 07:12 PM   #15
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Were the rubber rods round when the axle was made? They sure look flat and small now.
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:52 PM   #16
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My '63 Tradewind single axle needs new axles. Inland Andy says anyone can change axles, but I do not have a level driveway and simply don't want to tackle this job. I can visualize the trailer slipping off the jack stands and crushing me before it slides down the driveway.

The Airstream factory quoted me $2000.00 to change the axle. that means they want about $1200.00 labor. That doesn't sound like they think it can be done in a couple of hours.

I live in Indiana. Does anyone have a recommendation as to where I can get this done for a more reasonable price.

Andy???? Any suggestions?

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Old 10-28-2008, 12:09 AM   #17
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Were the rubber rods round when the axle was made? They sure look flat and small now.
That's what the front axle under Bertha looked like when I replaced the axles last year. It literally fell off when I removed the shock. Very scary stuff. And yes, the rubber was supposed to be round, but was squashed and hardened into a squared-off oval. The inner workings of the above axles just slid out of the tube with no effort, a broken shock would have spelled disaster.
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Old 10-28-2008, 12:11 AM   #18
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My '63 Tradewind single axle needs new axles. Inland Andy says anyone can change axles, but I do not have a level driveway and simply don't want to tackle this job. I can visualize the trailer slipping off the jack stands and crushing me before it slides down the driveway.

The Airstream factory quoted me $2000.00 to change the axle. that means they want about $1200.00 labor. That doesn't sound like they think it can be done in a couple of hours.

I live in Indiana. Does anyone have a recommendation as to where I can get this done for a more reasonable price.

Andy???? Any suggestions?

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You could almost tow the trailer to California, and have Andy replace the axle, for that price.
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Old 10-28-2008, 12:18 AM   #19
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My '63 Tradewind single axle needs new axles. Inland Andy says anyone can change axles, but I do not have a level driveway and simply don't want to tackle this job. I can visualize the trailer slipping off the jack stands and crushing me before it slides down the driveway.

The Airstream factory quoted me $2000.00 to change the axle. that means they want about $1200.00 labor. That doesn't sound like they think it can be done in a couple of hours.

I live in Indiana. Does anyone have a recommendation as to where I can get this done for a more reasonable price.

Andy???? Any suggestions?

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Mike,

Try a couple of Airstream dealers or there is GSM in Plattsburg, NY a little closer than Andy.

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Old 10-28-2008, 12:33 AM   #20
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Try a couple of Airstream dealers or there is GSM in Plattsburg, NY a little closer than Andy.

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Colin at GSM is very good, I was kidding about the trip to SoCal. Gas may be cheaper, but not that cheap, yet...
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:35 PM   #21
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Unhappy Axle??? Can anyone tell if they are bad?

Hello, I am a super newbie .. getting ready to purchase this airstream. Does this look like bad axles???

Thank you to anyone who can help.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:38 PM   #22
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:52 PM   #23
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On the question of getting axles replaced. I have read several threads about replacing axles. The process is pretty simple for any good garage mechanic. With typical power tools it should be possible to jack up a trailer, and replace the axles in 2 or 3 hours.

The only drawback is that an Airstream will not fit into most garages or go on the hoist. So they will have to do the job outdoors. No problem in good weather.

So, you might ask your local garage mechanic. It might help to print some of the pictures and descriptions so he can see what he is getting into, or the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
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There are only four bolts, two shocks & some brake wires that need to be removed & re attached. On some models, the propane line has to be disconnected as well. Many of my clients are DIY type people & have replaced axles themselves in their driveway.
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:32 PM   #26
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Anyone know a good Airstream guy in the Santa Rosa/SF area? I've been going to Allied trailer in San Leandro- thanks
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That is, I think we need axle work and I'm curious to know if anyone here has experience with any local mechanics
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