FYI - I replaced my axle because the replacement axle that was put on failed internally. The rubber rods had frozen in place. I got a chance to talk with the previous, previous owner and she told me that the original Caravel
axle had failed going over a set of railroad tracks. That explained to me why my outrigger was bent and why I had the skin damage on the right side. I went with the Henschen axle because I cold just swap it out with minimal fuss. Even though it costs more, it was worth it to me to have an OEM replacement that I could just bolt on.
Brian, If you believe your axle has been replaced previously you would be good to go with the things I spoke of in my last post. However, if you are able to determine if your axle is indeed the original 41 year old axle. I would urge you to think seriously about replacing the whole thing, backing plates and all. You don't have to go with the Henschen. Stefroberts used a Dexter axle on her Caravel
. It worked out well for her. I'm sorry I didn't read the entire thread before my last post. My bad. I just assumed that you were working with a newer axle.
One way to tell if you have an original is the bearing size is different and the spindle size is different as well. I don't have the specs., I hope someone here does. Maybe Andy at Inland RV could chime in here with an easy way to tell. My Caravel
is on its 3rd axle believe it or not.