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Old 06-13-2014, 12:49 PM   #15
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Just a tip on changing the axles, I was 70 when I did mine and had a 60 year old neighbor help. We could not get the old nuts to move, called inland, talked to a tech, he said drill a 1/4 hole in the side of the nut, it works, nut cracks and comes right off. Used a floor jack to remove/install axles, worked
great. Biggest problem was swinging the torque wrench under the camper, we were on earth so had to dig some holes to get 140 ft lbs. One of us pulled on the wrench while the other pushed it with his feet, til we heard the click!!! LOL
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:39 PM   #16
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I was 65 when I changed mine out on our 78 Sovereign 31', I got my 35 year old nephew to do all the heavy lifting.

It took us about 8 hours from start to finish over two days. Day 1 we got the axles out and the rear one installed, day 2 did the front axle.

I was worried about alignment and shock supports etc. I could have saved myself a lot of worry. It was a relatively straight forward, bolt on, bolt off procedure.

I was glad I had George to help, I don't have that upper body strength anymore to bust those nuts loose.

I got axles from Inland RV, drop shipped to redneck here in SGF.

I am very satisfied with the service I got from Inland.

We changed one axle at a time, rolling the trailer up on two of those things used to change dual axle trailer tires. I did not want to have the trailer sitting on jack stands with george and I under it. I knew a guy who did that ..... RIP friend. Worst part was his son was helping him when the jack stand failed.

Anyhow, trailer rides about 3" higher and has a more aggressive stance. The old axles were flat or had negative angle. George scrapped them out and got 35
bucks for them. I gave George $160 for helping me and he was worth it.

I took the trailer out for a loop around SGF and it seems to pull just fine. I was able to raise my hitch head also which elimates the scraping when I pull in the driveway.
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:59 PM   #17
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Replacement Axle source?

Two words,,,,,,

"Impact wrench"

Seriously, it makes dealing with those bolts a lot easier.
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Old 06-22-2014, 11:46 PM   #18
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When ordering make sure the bolt hole pattern is the same on the new as the old.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:34 AM   #19
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Two words,,,,,,

"Impact wrench"

Seriously, it makes dealing with those bolts a lot easier.
The impact wrench I had wasn't strong enough to bust loose the bolts holding the axle to the frame. They'd been on there since 1978. lol
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:43 AM   #20
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Two more words: Flame Wrench.

And more importantly: Six words: Friend that knows what he is doing.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:44 AM   #21
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I imagine there are instances where a cutting torch would be the preferred method, but man, impact wrenches have gotten impressive over the past years. I just bought a 3/8" unit that will develops 370 foot pounds of breakaway torque.

1/2" units are now able to develop in excess of 1,000 ft lbs.
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Old 06-26-2014, 01:40 AM   #22
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Just a quick note to let you all know that the axles arrived on 6/25. That's just two weeks from time of order with Inland. Very quick.

Now comes the hard part.

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Old 06-26-2014, 02:06 AM   #23
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Changing axles isn't hard, i think you may be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is.

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Pam, how are your new axles? How was e installation? How was the price? We are getting ready to do axles on Our own 1968 Tradewind, just like yours, and would appreciate the information. We have done 80's excella axles in the past.
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I ordered my axles From Colin told him yr. and size, simple bolt up no mods. or welding or drilling, slipped rite in except forgot to put shocks on 1st axle before mounting, had to drop install shocks took about 20 min. no mistake second axle. I did mine when I was over 77 yrs. old, now 80 would not be afraid to do it again, but it helps to have many tools & lots of mech. savvy
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I ordered my axles From Colin told him yr. and size, simple bolt up no mods. or welding or drilling, slipped rite in .....
There may be a difference in post 1969 units to pre-1969 units.

Typically the drilling or modifications may be needed on earlier units.

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There may be a difference in post 1969 units to pre-1969 units.

Typically the drilling or modifications may be needed on earlier units.

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Very few units are simple "bolt up" no matter who you order them from. There are a few years who get lucky and set the expectation that they all should. I change a number of axles per month, across a wide range of years, rarely do the I get lucky and just unbolt and re bolt.
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