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Old 12-10-2010, 06:50 AM   #15
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Thanks to all for the replies. I think I will build a jig to hold the axle and prevent rotation. That should make it a bit easier, as well as more accurate.
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:46 AM   #16
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Here is the axle 'holder' that I quickly built to contain the axle on the jack. The 'holder' is bolted to the jack. This worked for me very well.
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:25 AM   #17
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I ran a description of my experience changing two axles...look here - scroll down to post# 18:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f173...tml#post925341

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Old 12-10-2010, 11:57 AM   #18
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Andy, What is the life expectance of axles on a 34' airstream trailer.
I'm surprised they would need replacing already.
I would appreciate your professional advice on this!!!
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:39 PM   #19
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Took me about 8 hours to swap out 2 axles, with the second axle taking about half the time of the first due to the learning curve.

I had two small, cheap hydraulic jacks (one at each end of the axle) that I used to lower the old and raise the new axles in place. To keep the axles from rotating - I used two 3 inch capacity spiral hose clamps (radiator hose size) connected together and looped over the axle and under the saddle of the jack. Tightening the clamps "tied" the axles to the jacks preventing the rotation of the axles during the remove/install. I lowered each jack a bit until the axle was down on a furniture trolley in the center, then c-clamped the axle to the trolley to prevent it from rotating, removed the spiral clamps from both ends and used the trolley to move axles. With many thanks to all on the forum for all the other info needed to make the swap easier than expected.

Best wishes on a successful axle swap!!!

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Old 12-10-2010, 01:15 PM   #20
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Here is how I installed the new axles on our Excella.
I put a piece of tape around the axle to mark the center. Placed the axle on the floor jack lengthwise and rolled it under the trailer. I then jacked the axle up until it was starting into the slot. At that point my wife got on one end and I on the other and gave a little lift to the trailing arms to get the axle in the right orientation and the axle started right up into the slot.

Jacked it the rest of the way and inserted the bolts. It took me about as long to get it into place as it did to type the story here.
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Did my Caravel single axle in 3 hours - including the drilling of new holes for the bolts. The next one would not take me near that long - maybe 2. There is a learning curve, you are lucky, withg multiple axles you only need to drive the tralier up on the axles not being changed out to lift the trailer up - mine was on jack stands.
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