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Old 03-10-2010, 06:32 AM   #1
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New Axles on 27' Overlander 1969

I have an 1969 Overlander 27 which needs 2 new axles.
I live in the EU (Denmark) and need new axles due to electric brakes is not allowed.

but i'm not sure what the total weight of the RV.
can someone help me ?

i have found the dry weight 4525 lbs (2052kg)

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Old 03-10-2010, 08:05 AM   #2
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Peter,the gross weight would be your dry weight,plus how much stuff you throw in there,then add a few hundred #`s for the extra beer etc. Dave
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:08 AM   #3
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Peter,

I would compute an estimate based on your personal packing. Allow a max of 300 pounds of water and an additional 300 pounds for food, wine, gear and accessories. I think you're pretty safe at 5,200 pounds gross. If you've added an awning or extra battery, you might get up to 5,400. I think a pair of 2,600-3,000 pound axles will work. I'd go to the low end of that, since the sprung weight does not include the wheels, tires, and half the weight of the axle swing arms.

Are your required to use disk brakes?

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Old 03-11-2010, 02:45 AM   #4
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Hi

hmm i just thought the RV got a MAX Total Weight...
the original axles must have a rated max weight...

here in the EU most RV's got drum brakes.
so i must find 2 "EU" axles with drum brakes and mount them on my AS.

I was hoping/thinking of a total weight at approx 6000 lbs, but the rest of the AS should also be " licensed" to the weight...

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...hmm i just thought the RV got a MAX Total Weight...
the original axles must have a rated max weight...
You can find the axle ratings stamped on on face of the cross member. I'm not they are legally related, but that should give you a good idea of max gross design weight.

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I have an 1969 Overlander 27 which needs 2 new axles.
I live in the EU (Denmark) and need new axles due to electric brakes is not allowed.

but i'm not sure what the total weight of the RV.
can someone help me ?

i have found the dry weight 4525 lbs (2052kg)

Regards
Peter
The original axle rating on your Airstream was 2800 pounds, each.

That can be increased to some degree, when replacing them.

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My Cruiser is altered at company airstream4u in Hamburg on European norms.
2 axles with crowd braking, ALKO. Thus I can drive the maximum weight of 3500 kilos.
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You will need to get bare axle assemblies (if they come that way) with out the brakes. This will get you a good axle with a good torsion springs. The 51 year old axles are not likely to be in good condtion.

Then you will need to find a loaded brake assemblies (backing plates with shoes) that are set up for surge brakes. I would also consdier disc brakes.

This company in Australia may work. Titan Trailer Brakes - Home They supply brakes in the US.

Or CHAMPION TRAILER PARTS SUPPLY

Do a search in your country before seeking retro US parts for an Airstream. A surge brake system has not been designed for the Airstream it would have to be a custom made system. And if you are going custom you might as well find something in your country or at least in the EU.

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