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Old 09-04-2011, 07:37 AM   #15
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Check to see if there is down angle on the trailing arms with the trailer fully loaded and ready for the road. If not, replace for sure.

If it was my trailer, with 33 year old axles, I would replace them. I can't imagine that they are working properly. I had an axle failure on the road with the Caravel. I just wouldn't take the chance. New axles are cheap compared to the damage done when an axle suffers complete failure going down the highway. When the axle broke on the Caravel, and the wheel took an "adios" across two lanes of traffic, damaged the side of the trailer and two cars traveling along side, I was lucky that no one was hurt.

This was not a fun time.
I guess what I am looking for is a means to determine if I do need to change the axles based on something other than age. I do not know, for example, if one of the previous owners had the axles changed. The last owner, who had the trailer for about 5 years, replaced brakes and shocks. This is not a $50 throw away item, that I could say, oh well lets just do it. I will look at the trailing arm "test" but I thought the "board test" had some validity. Yes?
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:50 AM   #16
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Check to see if there is down angle on the trailing arms with the trailer fully loaded and ready for the road. If not, replace for sure.

If it was my trailer, with 33 year old axles, I would replace them. I can't imagine that they are working properly. I had an axle failure on the road with the Caravel. I just wouldn't take the chance. New axles are cheap compared to the damage done when an axle suffers complete failure going down the highway. When the axle broke on the Caravel, and the wheel took an "adios" across two lanes of traffic, damaged the side of the trailer and two cars traveling along side, I was lucky that no one was hurt.

This was not a fun time.
Hope this is not a duplicate......I must not have pushed the submit button. I will check the trailing arm to see what it tells me. I don't mind replacing the axles if they need to be replaced, but doing so solely on age may not be appropriate. I don't know, for example if one of the previous owners replaced the axles. The immediate PO replaced shocks and brakes but not axles. I had read on this thread that the "wood test" was some sort of an indicator and that is why I tried it. If this were a $50, "just do it" issue then it would be done, but $2K is a little higher. I understand the safety issue but don't want to spend money on this if I don't need to. Reasonable?
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Hope this is not a duplicate......I must not have pushed the submit button. I will check the trailing arm to see what it tells me. I don't mind replacing the axles if they need to be replaced, but doing so solely on age may not be appropriate. I don't know, for example if one of the previous owners replaced the axles. The immediate PO replaced shocks and brakes but not axles. I had read on this thread that the "wood test" was some sort of an indicator and that is why I tried it. If this were a $50, "just do it" issue then it would be done, but $2K is a little higher. I understand the safety issue but don't want to spend money on this if I don't need to. Reasonable?
This article will help you to do better tests.

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Old 09-04-2011, 10:16 AM   #18
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I found the signs of Popped rivets and telltale grey rings around some of the interior rivets.Then the TP and Hand towel unrolled. Then came the last straw.The full length mirror on the back of the bathroom door(rear bath) was torn off the door.ALL the screws were pulled out. TO MUCH SHAKIN GOIN ON. Although the mirror didnt break I was able to save it. Another way to tell is Looking at the wheelwells from a short distance.IF the edge of the wheelwell is at the rim THEY ARE SHOT.
I gained 4 inches in rear height and my wheel wells are almost to the top of the tire. I dont think 4 inches of boards is enough they are not really 2 inches each unless ya have rough cut boards. ALSO look carefully at ANDYS article. ITS helpful. I know there are pictures of bad axles where they are tucked up under the body on this site somewhere.
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