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Old 06-14-2005, 11:20 PM   #1
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New Axles have arrived.

We got our new axles. It will only be a few days before we put them in. This will be combined with efforts to fix a few tire leaks and shock replacement.
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Old 06-15-2005, 08:23 AM   #2
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Every time I read one of your episodes I smile.
I'm sure the truck driver was impressed.
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Old 06-15-2005, 10:45 AM   #3
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Now you've done it.
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Old 06-15-2005, 11:08 AM   #4
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Gosh - thats amazing documentation - could we have some pictures of the short drive?



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Old 06-15-2005, 03:08 PM   #5
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Cool Short Trip

The sad thing is that we actually have pictures of the “short trip” up the driveway. Ha ha!!!
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Old 06-15-2005, 04:14 PM   #6
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This is great! I really enjoy your posts and website

Wait a second - second pictures is going down the driveway - there are no axles in the back...........

Seriously your site is a great help to all of us taking on these projects....

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Keeping up a website that is fresh and informative is a lot of work. Not unlike refurbishing an AS.

Good job on both!
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Old 06-15-2005, 06:12 PM   #8
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Axle Proof

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Why are you making this harder than it needs to be?!? ...

Here's the proof. You can see the back up lights (barely) on the open hatch and you can see the axles in the back. I was backing up our driveway. What you can't see is the smirk on my face - you'll have to take my word for that.

God, I love that 7.1 megapixel camera!!!

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This is great! I really enjoy your posts and website

Wait a second - second pictures is going down the driveway - there are no axles in the back...........

Seriously your site is a great help to all of us taking on these projects....

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Old 06-15-2005, 06:57 PM   #9
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Ok ok - much better picture..... ya know we Airstreamforum folk look for these little details - so I will concede that axles are in back, backup lights are on and smirk is on your face (which I now can see because I see you looking back as you back up).

But............................ what we don't see is how you unloaded them...................... having major fun with you - I really wish you much luck on the install - let us know if you need any help - we are always here - if I lived closer to ya - I would offer to help.

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But............................ what we don't see is how you unloaded them...................... Ken
He obviously used the "AutoUnload" feature of his SUV, he drove 40 mph backwards, and hit the brakes...
I used an engine hoist to unload mine, it worked well.
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Unloading axles...

I was the engine hoist mechanism! That's me, his wife .

Wasn't too bad after we separated the two axles. (They were attached together for shipping, which Tim and the driver moved off the truck and into the car).

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I was the engine hoist mechanism! That's me, his wife .

Wasn't too bad after we separated the two axles.
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According to Yellow Freight, they weigh around 250 pounds each, so your half would "only" be 125 pounds. A piece of cake to veteran alumninum slingers such as yourselves.
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Old 06-15-2005, 08:12 PM   #14
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They weigh 112 pounds each - total shipping weight including the free greezy pallet they came on was 244 pounds.

Of course I am not wearing my PJ’s now – I am at work. But I do have my slippers on!!! (I can prove that as well).


Right now I am planning just how I am going to get these beasts in. I have a few plans of attack. None of which involve my wife doing much more then fetching my beer (and you know what the chances of that happening are).

She did help lift the axles out but that was twice as hard for her than it was for me.


My question is this…Is it better to drop both axles and bolt the new ones on all at one time OR take one off and install the new one and then move on to the next. It seems that with one axle still installed (and the wheels on) it might be a little safer than jacking up the whole trailer on jack stands and doing the job.
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