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Old 01-18-2011, 12:36 PM   #1
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Is it typical to replace axles at a certain time?

Is it typical to have to replace axels after a certain number of years? I have a '81 Excella II - 31ft Center bath. Talked to a svc center in TX and he suggested that unless my tires are going bad faster than normal then shouldn't have to replace the axel.
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I had to replace the axles on our '97 because it sat in one spot for most of it's life and the rubber rods which provide the suspension for the axle assembly didn't get any exercise and hardened as a result. If your trailer has been regularly on the road during its life, they may well be just fine. There is an article located here Inland RV Center - The Nations Leading Expert in Airstream Innovations under Dura-Torque Axles on the left hand side of the page.
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Is it typical to have to replace axels after a certain number of years? I have a '81 Excella II - 31ft Center bath. Talked to a svc center in TX and he suggested that unless my tires are going bad faster than normal then shouldn't have to replace the axel.
Unfortunately, most Airstream shops have no idea of how to check out your axles. But, you can do that your self by reading the Dura-torque article.

The Dura-Torque Axle

Bad axles would not make the tires go bad, but they certainly can cause the trailer to get beat to death.

Torsion axles go bad from old age, as well as "lack of use". The rubber rods must be exercised, or else. The rubber can solidify, or soften. That applies to any brand torsion axle.

We have replaced some axles on 2000 and newer Airstreams, because of non use.

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