Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-01-2016, 07:49 AM   #15
Slide Out Society #001
 
GCinSC2's Avatar
 
2007 30' Classic S/O
Somewhere , South Carolina
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,990
Got band aids ?
__________________

__________________
S/OS #001
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L 6 Speed
16" Michelins, Hi Spec Wheels, Max Brake, Carslile Actuator, Equal-i-zer, Dill TPMS. Campfire cook.
GCinSC2 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2016, 08:19 AM   #16
3 Rivet Member
 
Burnside Bob's Avatar
 
2009 25' FB Flying Cloud
1973 31' Sovereign
Mt Angel , Oregon
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 185
Hi Suzyhomakr:

Those axles look perfect. Mine aren't needing replacement yet so I'm forgoing the pleasure BUT I am very interested in the lift kit installation and would appreciate your comments regarding installation thereof.

While the lift kit install seems straightforward, do you move the shock absorber mount on the trailer frame to maintain the same distance between shock absorber mounts (one on axle, one on frame). Or am I missing that the stock shock can accommodate the increased pin to pin distance??

TIA
__________________

__________________
Best, Burnside

"To err is human, to air is devine."
Burnside Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2016, 02:31 PM   #17
4 Rivet Member
 
SuzyHomemakr's Avatar
 
1972 29' Ambassador
Boynton Beach , Florida
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 375
So now it's "this week"

Halfway done with the job, ready for axle #2. Thanks to all the worthies that contributed to the thread, your advice has been the key to my success!

First off, I can see zero reasons as to why someone would set the trailer on jack stands and remove all of the wheels. Life is so much better doing one axle at a time! Heavy-duty ramps were only $40 at Advance Auto, money well spent.

So to recap: dud old negative-angle axles are being replaced with 32 degree down-angle ones purchased from Colin Hyde. I'm also adding the Dexter lift kit, as I'm done with dragging bottom when going into parking lots! The job has been going well, but there have been a few hiccups. Adding the lift kit meant that I don't have to carve out a bigger slot to accommodate the slightly larger axle. On my install, the kit-to-frame holes weren't aligned properly, they were about 3/8" off.

Fortunately, my shop neighbor has a vertical mill, and was able to enlarge the holes to fit properly. After that massive favor, he decided to see what sort of trouble my helper and I were getting into, and came back to assist with putting the axle in place. Three guys is a good number, as two can be underneath, and guy #3 (me) runs around on the outside to wrench bolts.

I wound up getting a new impact wrench from Harbor Freight (for about $100), their Hurricane Pro model. Buzzed off the bolts tuit-suite! Can't imagine doing the job without it. I already have a compressor that is large enough to power it. Aforementioned shop neighbor also brought a transmission jack, which works perfectly to get the new axle in place.

OK, I'll be the one to admit that these axles are REALLY heavy! Much care should be taken when dealing with them! Helper and I used some straps to assist in moving them, see the attached pic. Helper is the relaxed-looking guy! Axle #1 was wedged up into position, requiring crowbars to get it out. Kinda nerve-wracking, prying down on something that heavy, hoping that it doesn't come out all at once! We brought it down an inch at a time with two floor jacks.

I've been asked about the increased shock mount distance- research says not to exceed 14.4 inches. Mine was 13 and change, so much joy there. Old shocks were rusted solid, and had to be cut away.

Even with the trailer up on big ramps, we had to jack up the axle to get the wheels back on. We decided to leave things as they were, and go for axle #2 on Tuesday. You can see from the halfway-done pic how much of a difference there is. All wheels are on the ground!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	2016-07-03 11.15.00-2.jpg
Views:	91
Size:	291.9 KB
ID:	265881   Click image for larger version

Name:	2016-07-03 15.33.24.jpg
Views:	102
Size:	352.1 KB
ID:	265882  

__________________
SuzyHomemakr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2016, 03:35 PM   #18
4 Rivet Member
 
Silver Hawk's Avatar
 
1975 31' Sovereign
Palomar Mountain , California
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 353
One gentleman mentioned using concrete blocks under trailer. Did this as a kid and one side crumbled - I was under it and came within 1/2" of crushing head. Really dumb. Not meant for carrying load that way!
I used trailer ramps under one axle at a time & small furniture dollies from HF - took four hours by myself (74!). Would have been faster but didn't know to put shock on first!
__________________
Silver Hawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2016, 10:14 PM   #19
4 Rivet Member
 
sgschwend's Avatar
 
1986 25' Sovereign
2008 F350, 6.4L diesel , Oak Harbor, WA
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 429
Images: 11
I used a piano dolly with a tether. Two at it, one pulling the other steering, then tipped the axle onto a floor jack and jack the axle into place.

For me doing the back axle made it easy to get the front one in next.

My last bit of advice is to make sure your sell spells out all the parts you are paying for, don't let them say you are receiving the bolt kit, when you are only getting half of the parts that you took off the trailer to remove the axles.
__________________
sgschwend is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2016, 11:11 PM   #20
4 Rivet Member
 
1991 25' Excella
Stanfield , Oregon
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 317
Careful lifting those axles they weight 210 lbs a piece
__________________
SpletKay06 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2016, 12:12 AM   #21
Rivet Master
 
J. Morgan's Avatar
 
1972 31' Sovereign
1975 31' Excella 500
Currently Looking...
Benton , Arkansas
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 4,594
Images: 11
Changing axles next week...

I wont trust my life to any hollow ramps. I prefer good heavy duty jack stands on a smooth, hard, and level surface with the tow vehicle attached for stability and immobility.

Ramps freak me out if I am working under something. I feel safer with stands, but I use four just in case where two would do.

Working under a vehicle ain't no joke.

It is fore and aft movement that causes most accidents, and ramps can collapse.

Cement blocks? You must be out of your mind, no freaking way I will trust my life to those things. (And I will FIRE on the spot ANYONE I see doing so)

There is a reason that most shops INSIST on the use of good and properly rated jack stands.

#JustSayin


Superat stultitia.
__________________
The fact that I am opinionated does not presuppose that I am wrong......

J. Morgan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2016, 01:44 AM   #22
Rivet Master

 
2007 22' International CCD
Corona , California
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 3,009
Amen, brother. Use of Concrete blocks is a death wish, IMHO.


Sent from my pocket Internet using Airstream Forums
__________________
KE4GNK/AE
'The Silver HamShack' (2007 International 22FB CCD 75th Aniversary model)
Multiple Yaesu Ham Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch
2012 shortbed crewcab 4x4 Toyota Taco TV with more antennae on it
rmkrum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2016, 02:22 PM   #23
Rivet Master
 
Minno's Avatar

 
1972 31' Sovereign
Lexington , Minnesota
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 3,314
We had solid 6 inch blocks of concrete, not the hollow ones used to build basements. the trailer was up on them while we worked on her for 4 years with no movements or shifting. Just clarifying....

Kay
__________________
Minno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2016, 02:44 PM   #24
Rivet Master

 
2007 22' International CCD
Corona , California
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 3,009
Very true. 'Cinder blocks' or ordinary hollow core concrete blocks used for building masonry walls are the dangerous ones.

A chunk of solid concrete would be much better, but really heavy, I bet.


Sent from my pocket Internet using Airstream Forums
__________________
KE4GNK/AE
'The Silver HamShack' (2007 International 22FB CCD 75th Aniversary model)
Multiple Yaesu Ham Radios inside and many antennae sprouting from roof, ProPride hitch
2012 shortbed crewcab 4x4 Toyota Taco TV with more antennae on it
rmkrum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2016, 03:09 PM   #25
1 Rivet Member
 
1979 31' Sovereign
nederland , Texas
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 11
I agree, I don't see any reason to drop all four tires. I basically followed the same procedure as you except I used a couple of 2x6's that I put under the tires on the axle I wasn't working on. Changed one axle and switched the procedure to the other axle. The trailer can only fall so far with two tires on a hard surface. Leaving two tires on an axle just takes a little longer to do the job. Survivability rate is much higher this way.
__________________
sdavis2616 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2016, 07:22 PM   #26
Rivet Master
 
KYAirstream's Avatar
 
1979 31' Sovereign
Northeastern , Kentucky
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 622
Changing axles next week...

For those who have changed their axles, did you use a torque wrench on the axle bolts?
__________________
KYAirstream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 03:38 AM   #27
Rivet Master
 
J. Morgan's Avatar
 
1972 31' Sovereign
1975 31' Excella 500
Currently Looking...
Benton , Arkansas
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 4,594
Images: 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by KYAirstream View Post
For those who have changed their axles, did you use a torque wrench on the axle bolts?

Nope, But I did use an impact wrench!


Superat stultitia.
__________________
The fact that I am opinionated does not presuppose that I am wrong......

J. Morgan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 08:21 AM   #28
Rivet Master
 
KYAirstream's Avatar
 
1979 31' Sovereign
Northeastern , Kentucky
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 622
How'd you keep from over tightening and stretching the threads?
__________________

__________________
KYAirstream is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Newbie from UK - heading to the US next week! :) roadtrippers Member Introductions 15 04-15-2011 09:21 AM
TAC : Shenandoah Next Week pmclemore Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 7 04-19-2010 10:50 AM
FL-Smoky Mtns next week, any suggestions? kstampa On The Road... 6 09-14-2008 09:55 AM
airstream rally france coming up next week end Perry Other Rallies & Events 2 07-28-2007 06:32 PM
Focus Group to Meet next week -- are you IN??? Mr Jody Hudson Our Community 8 07-29-2002 07:35 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.