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Old 12-04-2006, 06:09 PM   #1
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Does this look like I will need a new Axle?

Overlander 26 Footer...Can you tell by the pics if the axles look like they are bad?
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You most likely have torsion axles. Yes, they are very low and need to be replaced.
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Overlander 26 Footer...Can you tell by the pics if the axles look like they are bad?
The short answer is yes, the axles are probably bad. With out knowing the exact year of that trailer, mid to late sixties I'm guessing, the question you should always ask is "Do I have any suspension?". If you jack the trailer up, do the axles even move. My guess is you will have little or no movement of the trailing arm. These are rubber torsion axles and they are over forty years old. They have a life expectancy like the other rubber parts of the trailer. One of the best investments and improvements that I made on my 64 Overlander was to replace the axles, but you have to base that decision on your own observations of your own trailer. Hope that was of some help.

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Curbside looks more sunk to me. Bottom line, yes, they look like they need to be replaced.
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The short answer is yes, the axles are probably bad. With out knowing the exact year of that trailer, mid to late sixties I'm guessing, the question you should always ask is "Do I have any suspension?". If you jack the trailer up, do the axles even move. My guess is you will have little or no movement of the trailing arm. These are rubber torsion axles and they are over forty years old. They have a life expectancy like the other rubber parts of the trailer. One of the best investments and improvements that I made on my 64 Overlander was to replace the axles, but you have to base that decision on your own observations of your own trailer. Hope that was of some help.

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I'm new to this. I have a '72 overlander 27" what ball park price can you give me for axle replacement.
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Overlander 26 Footer...Can you tell by the pics if the axles look like they are bad?
OK, you have another yes on this one. Looks like you have a 4" sag and the rims also look like split rims as best as I can tell from the photos. But be Happy! New axels are a good thing. If I have learned one thing, everytime you replace an item on a Vintage AS it is definatly one less thing to worry about; and that is a good thing. Keep us posted on what and how you do it!
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I'm new to this. I have a '72 overlander 27" what ball park price can you give me for axle replacement.
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I can only speak from my own experience. I purchased the axles from Andy at Inland RV and paid approximently $800.00 for each axle. Shipping for both axles was about $200.00 and I did the install myself. You can find the axles cheaper from other sources if you are willing to do some research and measurement and use a brand other than the original Henschen axle.
For me, it was more desirable to pay more and get the original axle.
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That is what my axles looked like when I purchased my '61 Overlander. I also purchased new axles from Andy at Inlandrv. It's made all the difference & it's worth the money.
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Depends on what quality you want and how much engineering you "do not" want to do.

They go from $250.00 (very iffy quality and safety), to $800.00 original equipment.

The old Sears thing, ?????, good, better and best.

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Yes!

Considering what the axle does and what’s riding on it – I would replace it!

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yes they need replacing.you will be amazed at how well your airstream will ride with new axles.if you need any help call chevy ave. restorations 607-334-4253.
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I recall that Inland RV's $800 per axle deal gives you complete brake assemblies. Worth considering because your brakes are probably due for a complete overhaul too, and you'll save a lot of time and trouble just replacing everything at once.

Also, if you buy something else and are not careful you can end up with rubber torsion axles without shock absorber brackets. I bought a trailer like this, and learned firsthand that shocks do make a significant difference in trailer ride (smoother tow, less porpoising and rocking). They are beneficial for the structure of the trailer too.
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Two cents!

If you need an axle or two (and dont have $1000 each laying around or want to fool with doing the install yourself) this is worth checking out

http://www.airforums.com/forum...elp-24964.html

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