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Old 08-27-2009, 09:57 AM   #15
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So you like using a Blair Cutter or sometimes called a Roto Brooch. I have them to 1.5" if you ever need one.

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Old 08-27-2009, 10:03 AM   #16
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Zep,

At first I thought they were Dexter axles, then as I read I thought they were Axis and then when I read some more I think they were Dexters! So my question pertains only if they are are in fact Dexter's. Why did you decide to go with 22.5 down instead of 32 degrees and were your original brackets high profile? Thanks, Michael
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:05 AM   #17
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I see you already answered my previously deleted post . Thanks!
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:06 AM   #18
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The tool is a blair cutter. You can get them individually or in kits (a nominal kit is about $80).

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What I like about Dexter:

-- Shipping is included
-- Infinite ability to specify the load carrying capability
-- Reasonably prompt delivery
-- Nice options, like long brake wires

What I don't like:

-- Inflexible ordering
-- Not all options are documented
-- Significant mystery in how the mounting flange will look
-- Refusal to put 12" drums on the smaller axles, even though they fit

I might consider using Axis next time--I've heard they are now willing to deal with Airstreamers, again. I like their mounting flange (one hole matches perfectly) and the fact that you can get 12" drums or Kodiak disk brakes. I'll see what I feel like when I'm ready to do the Safari.

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Old 08-27-2009, 10:16 AM   #19
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Did Dexter spec this axle out with 10" or 12" brakes?
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:20 AM   #20
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Did Dexter spec this axle out with 10" or 12" brakes?
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10". I ordered through Redneck Trailer Supply and they wouldn't deviate from the catalog. You have to get an axle at #3500 or more to get 12". The stopping power on four 10" drums is fine, no problem. The issue is, when is the last time the doofs at Dexter took a trailer down the west side of Loveland or Vail passes? I want the total energy capability of the bigger drums....

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Old 08-27-2009, 10:27 AM   #21
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Great information. Thanks Zep
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:34 AM   #22
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What's the cable for in the last install pic? Is that how you push/pull the axles into alignment?

Great install!
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:41 AM   #23
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10". I ordered through Redneck Trailer Supply and they wouldn't deviate from the catalog. You have to get an axle at #3500 or more to get 12". The stopping power on four 10" drums is fine, no problem. The issue is, when is the last time the doofs at Dexter took a trailer down the west side of Loveland or Vail passes? I want the total energy capability of the bigger drums....

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Yes, the 12" upgrade on the lighter axles is $107.00 per axle from Axis.
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What's the cable for in the last install pic? Is that how you push/pull the axles into alignment? ...
Yes, just a moderate amount of tension aft on the curb side and forward on the street side, to make sure the axle was up against the desired side of the slot. This is where the blair cutter was invaluable. By cutting a smooth, perfect 5/8" hole, the bolts can keep the axle in place with not even slight slippage. Hopefully, experience and miles will show even wear on the tires--both axles parallel to each other and normal to the trailer centerline.

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Old 08-27-2009, 03:04 PM   #25
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Great report, my axles for my Trade Wind are supposed to be in tomorrow. Your info will be a great help.

Question- Is that a new awning or just new fabric? Where did you get it. I need fabric for my 68 TW, but I can't find anything with the original looking vertical strips like in the picture.

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Greetings 68 TWind!

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Question- Is that a new awning or just new fabric? Where did you get it. I need fabric for my 68 TW, but I can't find anything with the original looking vertical strips like in the picture.
Have your checked out the many stripe patterns available from Sunbrella -- it is the fabric utilized in ZipDee awnings. The blue pattern typically used with late model Airstreams is usually referred to as "Blue Fancy". You can find Sunbrella patterns at this link.

Good luck with your search!

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...Question- Is that a new awning or just new fabric? Where did you get it. I need fabric for my 68 TW, but I can't find anything with the original looking vertical strips like in the picture...
It's "new." Bought it through Lewster two years ago and just now got it installed. It's a standard Sunbrella fabric.

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Zep,

I was looking at your great photos once more and was wondering if you would think it better to order the axles without any mounting holes at all. Don't know if that's possible. I most likely will be ordering mine today.
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