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Old 06-18-2013, 11:52 PM   #1
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I have taken my 1973 Ambassador, to a trailer business to have two new Dexter axles placed on the Airstream. I got a call stating that the axles were on the Airstream, and that it was ready to go. Before I hooked up the Airstream I was checking out the new axles and I found that one tire on each axle was right up against the inside wheel well. When I told the manager of this matter he went out to inspect the tires. I also told him that I would not be able to take the Airstream down the road in this condition. He told me that he would give me a call later in the day has to a solution to this problem. When he did call he advised me that he would order new rims that would off set the tires by an half inch from the inside of the wheel well. The tires are new ST 225/15. Any opinions on this situation. Thanks
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:18 AM   #2
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I think you have a major problem here that needs lots of forum members to be aware of so they can help you. This post should not be buried in the middle of this thread. I recommend starting your own thread about the axle problem

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Old 06-19-2013, 05:24 PM   #3
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Hang in there

Lots of people are looking at your thread here, and I am certain that someone much smarter and more experienced than me will come along and tell you exactly what's wrong.

In the meanwhile: it sounds a lot like they miscalculated the axle length needed, doesn't it?

And I can't imagine the fix is as easy as changing the offset on your wheels, either.
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The bearings are designed for 0-offset wheels.

It does sound like the axles were ordered too narrow overall, probably an issue of the measurement from axle mounting plate to hub face if the axles mounted up right, but we'd need pictures and/or measurements to be sure.

The cheap fix of going to a different offset will cost you in bearing failures. Also, if it's only *ONE* tire on each axle touching the wheel well, it seems like either the axles aren't mounted properly (they should be centered, after all) or the axles aren't symmetrical.
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I have taken my 1973 Ambassador, to a trailer business to have two new Dexter axles placed on the Airstream. I got a call stating that the axles were on the Airstream, and that it was ready to go. Before I hooked up the Airstream I was checking out the new axles and I found that one tire on each axle was right up against the inside wheel well. When I told the manager of this matter he went out to inspect the tires. I also told him that I would not be able to take the Airstream down the road in this condition. He told me that he would give me a call later in the day has to a solution to this problem. When he did call he advised me that he would order new rims that would off set the tires by an half inch from the inside of the wheel well. The tires are new ST 225/15. Any opinions on this situation. Thanks
What are the specs on your new axles?

I suspect that they were not ordered correctly.

The mounting brackets should be 61 3/8 inches and the hub face should be 80 inches.

Also, what size tires are you using?

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Old 06-19-2013, 06:08 PM   #6
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Where in Maryland is the trailer located? I might be able to give it a look over for you.
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Oh, I see. Upper Eastern Shore.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:10 PM   #8
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I just had a look at our '74 Sovereign and there is about 1" clearance on one side and 1.5" on the other. This is between the sidewall of the tire and the wheel well. I'm thinking there was a similar variation on your trailer but it didn't matter until axles were installed that moved the wheels in.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:14 PM   #9
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how can the shocks mount with it that close?
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:03 PM   #10
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As far as i feel these are wrong axles, I ordered new axles from Colin Hyde they fit perfect. I would not accept this under any conditions & demand moneys back as they [messed up]
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We're the one tires that were too close on the same side of the trailer?

You were right in not accepting the trailer and towing it.

The vendor's solution is not the answer either. Any offset will reduce your bearing life, ruin spindle's and run hot that normal.

It does seem to be a measurement error, I can't see a mounting error, but....?

Have them double check the measurements and mounting.

As well, with 62overlander, are the shocks mounted correctly? They should be parallel with the wheel and hub.

I would not accept anything less that perfect.

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I bet they talked him out of shocks. Dexter does not use or recommend them. Only Airstream uses shocks with their(Dexters) axles.
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Check the measurements and if they are wrong (which they are), have them get the correct axles. You didn't have offset rims when you went in there so you shouldn't have offset rims when you leave.
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Ask them for the old axles so you can compare the measurements. You should find that they have the measurements that Andy stated in his message.
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