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Old 09-13-2006, 09:28 PM   #15
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We use the air pressure system on our 60 .I did replace the aluminum tank
with a stainless steel round tank .It works very well . If you want faster pressure ,you can upgrade to a bigger 12volt compressor ,many are available
with a pressure relief .you would want a high end quality unit .I use the original Grover pump ,no troubles with it .

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Old 09-13-2006, 10:21 PM   #16
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I've decided to switch to a pumped system to get more water on board. The pressure tank only holds about 19 gallons, less if you allow for the air blanket.
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Old 09-15-2006, 11:07 AM   #17
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I am curious, why replace the axle on a leaf spring set up? I can understand replacing the springs because of sag and wear on the springs. However the axle would only have wear at the wheel bearings. If this was serviced I would think the axle would be still servicable. Am I missing something?

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Old 09-15-2006, 11:42 AM   #18
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peace of mind

The axle looks pretty good but has been sitting still for several years. It has a fair amount of rust and very well may go for another 50 years but since I don't have much history with the unit, I'm inclined to upgrade the running gear to be on the safe side.

Considering the overall cost and the amount of effort to go into it. Why not?
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Why not?

Well if an exact replacement can be had and the price was low, I might be in the same position. And what we are talking about is making it look pretty, not because it's needed. On every Airstream I have seen that is over 40, the amount of work needed is not a small task. To add to that amount of work seems ...... well ....... unnecessary for the lack of a better word. And you have answered my question. Thanks.

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I am curious, why replace the axle on a leaf spring set up? I can understand replacing the springs because of sag and wear on the springs. However the axle would only have wear at the wheel bearings. If this was serviced I would think the axle would be still servicable. Am I missing something?

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I was forced into an axle replacement because the 1954 drums were not compatible with new backing plates. The other issue is the wear on the spring eye bolts. If they have not been greased regularly, they will wear.

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Old 09-15-2006, 10:58 PM   #21
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When you only have one axle, it's 47 yrs old and VERY rusty, you're basically having to disassemble/clean/repair or replace/reassemble everything structural and functional -- not to mention the cosmetics -- I agree, why would one NOT spend the <$100 for the new axle itself?

I sure would feel stupid (or should I say, stupider?) to go to all this trouble and expense, then have my ancient axle fail as I'm going down the road!
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Just for looks..... not

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Why not?

Well if an exact replacement can be had and the price was low, I might be in the same position. And what we are talking about is making it look pretty, not because it's needed. On every Airstream I have seen that is over 40, the amount of work needed is not a small task. To add to that amount of work seems ...... well ....... unnecessary for the lack of a better word. And you have answered my question. Thanks.

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I'm doing it for looks, but for peace of mind. Plus the springs are saggin a bit so the idea of replacing the springs go hand in hand with an axle. The overall cost is a drop in the bucket considering the amount of work in the project. So again, why not?

Consider that the interior is reusable but the floor and frame are in questionable state. The program is to pop the shell, fix the frame, replace the floor, and while the frame is out and about, have the springs and axle replaced to a modern cast. I'm not going to do this again in this trailers life and considering the overall cost of this work and effort, again it is a nominal fee.

Certainly NOT done for looks. I guess if I power coated the frame blazing red,.... that might for looks

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