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Old 04-03-2011, 09:20 PM   #15
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No shocks. The old axles were the originals from the factory. These Dexter axles have a Torflex design. Here's a link to the PDF describing it. (I think this is the correct thing. I'll let Uwe correct me if I'm wrong.) There are many experts on this forum who know much more than I can tell you. Uwe could also answer questions.

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Old 04-03-2011, 09:30 PM   #16
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thanks for sharing.

Great thread on this process. Yep, the bolt on my rig were toast as well. Nice wheels, your rig looks great! See ya at 4CU's Vintage Rally?
Have a safe run home...

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Old 04-03-2011, 09:34 PM   #17
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Thanks Barbara,
I am in agreement with the "no shock" crowd. Here are some threads where shock necessity is debated.

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We met Uwe Salwender, owner of Area 63 Productions, at the FCU's Vintage Restoration Rally last year. Uwe is an expert when it comes to Airstream restorations. In the fall, he sent me/and guided me via email through a water heater replacement. We met up again at the Balloon Fiesta in Oct. He replaced my univolt with a new Iota Converter. While talking to him about why my trailer clearance is SO LOW, he quickly said Axles!

Uwe and I measured things under the trailer. He gave me a "To Do" list of weights to obtain. I sent him money, he ordered new Dexter axles. We also decided to go from the 14" 5-bolt hub/wheel to a 15" 6-bolt hub/wheel.

Our trip from ABQ to Orange, CA was delayed, but last week we made it out for our axle replacement. We drove to Orange and stayed at the Orangeland RV park. It is within walking distance to Uwe's. First class, $$$, and very nice.

It was great to visit Uwe's shop, meet his wife and crew, and fascinating to watch the axle job. I've included several pictures here. These first 4 show the trailer before we left. 5" clearance from dump tanks' plumbing to pavement. (Yes, we have bottomed out and broken that plumbing twice!)

California gas prices were shocking! The Chevron sign reads $4.39
Hi, Uwe does great work and is a real nice person too. Going with the six lug 12" brakes instead of the five lug 10" brakes was a good move. As for the California gas prices being shocking, we too get shocked at the low prices we pay for gas once we cross any state line. Thank You for sharing your story and pictures with us.

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Hi Barbara! Im the guy that you met that day at Uwe's when you got the axles. Looks sharp with those wheels. I have the same style. Happy trails hope to see you guys out there!

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