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Old 02-14-2003, 10:09 AM   #15
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Axle alignment

All new axles are aligned, prior to shipment.

However, it is wise to check the axle mounting plates, to insure that they are mounted "exactly" correct.

Measuring from the center of the jack post to a reference on each of the axle mounting plates, will answer that question.

On a 31 foot trailer, if there is a difference of 1/8 inch between the axle mounting plates, it will cause the trailer to tow dog leg, about 2 1/2 inches.


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Old 02-14-2003, 10:18 AM   #16
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Jack Stands

Using cinder blocks in place of a jack stand, is asking on bended knees, to be severly injured, or KILLED.

If someone cannot afford to buy jack stands, and wish to do their own repairs, which required them, then they shouldn't own an Airstream to start with.

Brutal and blunt, YES.

DON'T EVER USE CINDER BLOCKS TO SUPPORT THE WEIGHT OF A TRAILER, OR MOTORHOME.

Your family will love you, if you don't.


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Old 02-14-2003, 05:20 PM   #17
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my suggestion to pick to place his trailer on cinder blocks was a joke!

i was trying to be funny!

i own jack stands and use them all the time.

andy is correct! do it right or don't do it at all!

i hope no one was misled by my post.

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Old 02-14-2003, 05:39 PM   #18
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John,

So should I return my cinder blocks to Home Depot?

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Old 02-14-2003, 05:43 PM   #19
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run john run!

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go as fast as you can!

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Old 02-14-2003, 05:57 PM   #20
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John, don't take them back! Grab that 2X8 and reconstruct that entertainment center like they were designed for in the first place, silly. Talk about "do it right or don't do it at all." Shoot, I saw sombody actually building walls out of them once, if you can believe it!
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Old 02-14-2003, 07:31 PM   #21
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I have jack stands and a 12 ton bottle jack to move it around with, the concrete blocks go in the root celler for walls, I ordered a complete set of axels from Andy today, probably be about here in three weeks, so after the snow clears out I will start taking the old axels off and get ready for the new ones, we are supposed to get 8" before the storm moves on. I got a Honda snowthrower, 28 " track drive, last year and not much snow, sure beets using the shovel.
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entertainment center

randy and every one

all kidding aside, other than using cinderblocks for an entertainment center or a root cellar.

I WOULD NEVER CRAWL UNDER ANYTHING THAT WEIGHED MORE THAN ME THAT WAS SUPPORTED BY THEM!

even with proper jack stands i would be very cautious about getting under any vehicle if i wasn't 100% sure of the stability.

remember this is about camping with cool trailers. not getting hurt or killed by following someones advice!

if you're not sure, leave the job to pro's

safety first!

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Your right John, and TOTALLY right. I thought we were past that. Sorry.
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John HD,

I know this is a serious subject, but I'm sure Pick knew you were joking!!! Pick has a great sense of humor!!

I enjoy your off beat humor and I hope it doesn't stop you from sharing more in the future!!!

My girlfriend had a question about Thetford Drain Valve Lubricant, but I better not ask it, as I won't want anyone to injure themselves !!!

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Thetford drain valve lubricant? Just keep your foot on the pedal, while your.....or someone's going to be screaming! Mine won't hold water, how hard is it to change out the seals? or will lubricant solve the problem?

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i heard..

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i heard it helps by swelling things up.

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Pick,

Seal replacement is easy. Getting to the valve is the bear of the job. It took me 5 hrs to do the job, 1 hr round trip to the store 30 min to install the seals, and 2.5 hrs to pull the underbelly corner wrap to get to it and then reinstall the underwrap.

If you have an RV place near you they usually have the thetford seal kits on the shelf. The thing you need to know is what type of blade you have. In my 76 I have a plastic blade, you may have a metal one. The seal kits are different. Once you get to the valve it is just a matter of removing the screws and separating the 2 halves of the assembly. The seals can be pulled and new installed without cutting pipe if you have some flex/play on the outlet side. The tank side is usually well mounted.

Be sure to fully insert the new seal in the groove fully before reassembly. If you want to be sure to have the part in hand before disassembly of the valve you just need to get to it and read the part number off it.


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I was on the fire department for 29 years and have been working with my brothers wrecker and crane business on many wrecks. I have been in places that would make a normal person think twice. I know if you do things right in the way you put in the cribbing and jacks or concrete blocks with the holes up it will hold things up. I even put down the outrigers to make things steady with cribbing under them if they would not touch the ground.
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