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Old 01-28-2011, 05:20 PM   #1
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Picking up first Airstream tomorow axle nut question

hey guys. im picking up my first airstream tomorow and want to be very precautious. i would like to pull the wheel beering out and pack them full of grease b4 the 130 mile tow. what size socket is it for the big nut on the wheel beering? is this just like regreasing the front beering on a old chevy? any tools that would be good to bring please let me know. also anything else that i should do b4 the tow.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:38 PM   #2
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You should probably tell everyone what year and model it is. I would guess there are different size nuts on 10" and 12" axles.

You'll also want to replace the seals, which might be tough if it's a really old unit.
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The axle nuts are not on tightly like a wheel lug, a large pair of pliers or channel locks will work.

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A farmer's trick to consider is that if there's no grease you can squirt in oil with an oil can. It will run back out before long but will keep things together for a 100 mile tow. Then you can disassemble and replace parts at your convenience in your shop or wherever you have access to tools and parts.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:47 PM   #5
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sorry guys its a 66 safari. i am not looking for a perm fix just want to make it home in one peice and the trailer hasnt moved out of the town in the last 8-10 years i will bring channel locks
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:53 PM   #6
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More than likely it's a 1-14 spindle, so take a 1 1/2" socket if you have one. Channel locks are always a good idea.
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Yep... Pack-em up just like the old days.

The only other thing is tire rot (cracking on sidewalls) and brakes, unless you have a real heavy TV you may need a brake controller.
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the tires are weatherd but holding air. im using a 70 chevy truck w no trailer brakes but i dont have to drive on any highway or through any towns so it should be ok to take slow. also i know they arnt rv tires but i have a set of rims same 6 lug pattern w some good tires on it so if i do blow a tire i have spares.
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Congratulations on your AS! You're going to have fun fixing it up.
I know how it feels to be scared to tow it home and wonder if it will make it.
Ours came along fine - but we were really nervous and stopped several time to check the hubs and brakes for heat.
Good luck and I bet it comes right along.
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:29 PM   #10
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Take along your infrared thermometer. It will tell you if the bearings are too tight or if the brakes are dragging.
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In my experience, time I have spent getting trailers that have been sitting ready for the road has always been working on the wiring relating to exterior lights and electric brakes. Wheel bearings have been the least of my worries.
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Welcome to the ranks of '66 Safari owners. Great trailer!
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the tires are weatherd but holding air. im using a 70 chevy truck w no trailer brakes but i dont have to drive on any highway or through any towns so it should be ok to take slow. also i know they arnt rv tires but i have a set of rims same 6 lug pattern w some good tires on it so if i do blow a tire i have spares.
I would strongly urge you to consider having a pair of new or near-new tires for your tow home. It may appear an expense initially, but in reality it is an inexpensive insurance policy. Only one blown tire can result in thousands of dollars damage to the aluminum sidewalls of your coach. The tire shrapnell from a blown tire has been known to rip the sidewalls and leave horrible dents with the only solution being panel replacement. Without a brake controller, you are also courting problems with a single axle coach should it begin to sway and/or a tire blows. I don't want to appear alarmist, but tires in excellent condition as well as a working brake controller are two of the cheapest insurance policies that you can have with your Airstream.

Good luck with your Safari!

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