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Old 05-30-2005, 09:23 PM   #1
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Replacing axles?

Now that the weather has turned out nice who has decided to replace their axles?
Who has just replaced it (or them)?
I am getting ready to take my Minuet up to Lansing for a four week trip for work. I will be camping while I am teaching at the new GM-Lansing/Delta Township Assembly plant.
That will also mean that I am away from the forums for awhile. Sorry, but I will not be able to hunt for bargains while I am gone. No Internet access in Michigan State Parks.
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Old 05-31-2005, 07:02 AM   #2
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Lou,

I have already started the axle fund (wife's sox drawer). I am going to get them from axleman and install them myself. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!
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Old 05-31-2005, 09:27 AM   #3
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I have already started the axle fund (wife's sox drawer).
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Old 05-31-2005, 01:27 PM   #4
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Lou,

I have already started the axle fund (wife's sox drawer). I am going to get them from axleman and install them myself. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!
That is why I did it.
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Old 05-31-2005, 06:23 PM   #5
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I am sure I will be replacing axles on Goliath, too. The rear axle is frozen in place, and the trailer pivots on that axis, making for an uncomfortable ride.

Thanks Lou, for doing the legwork, and (successfully) using a new source for axles.
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Old 05-31-2005, 07:39 PM   #6
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I am sure I will be replacing axles on Goliath, too. The rear axle is frozen in place, and the trailer pivots on that axis, making for an uncomfortable ride.

Thanks Lou, for doing the legwork, and (successfully) using a new source for axles.
Terry,
I like to use a Red Green saying: "If women cannot find you handsome they should at least find you handy!"
I have talked via email and PM to a lot of people that could not find a good source for replacement axles or they could not afford the ones that are offered for sale elsewhere. I fell into both of these categories.
When I return from my four week hiatus I will be replacing the axle on the 1973 Argosy 20. This one I am going to do on my own. Axis will provide everything I need to do the installation.
I had gotten axles from Henschen some years ago and it took a couple days to get them modified to actually fit right. This time I do not want to spend an entire weekend on my back under the trailer.
As for your frozen axle.... YIKES
That has got to be painful!
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Old 05-31-2005, 07:46 PM   #7
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Colin and the guys at GSM just replaced Vintage Thunder's axles with Axis axles I believe. VT was at my house the other day and they looked nice. You might want to check them out..they are sponsors on VT.

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Old 05-31-2005, 08:40 PM   #8
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Colin and the guys at GSM just replaced Vintage Thunder's axles with Axis axles I believe. VT was at my house the other day and they looked nice. You might want to check them out..they are sponsors on VT.

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IMHO, Colin of GSM and Henry from Axis are key elements in the success of VT. I know without Rich it would not have even come to fruition!
We do have to give Colin and Henry a big hand for the donation of their services.
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Old 05-31-2005, 08:56 PM   #9
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Old Axle soon to be on its way.....

Getting really close now! Peter is removing the GT's Axle this coming weekend and crating it up for FedEx - down to Axis Products. Then moving onto the Excella to remove all her wheels - bag em and load them up for the trip to Vermont the following week. (PS any good hints on a safe way to jack this beast up to support with no wheels for a day or two??)

We decided not to do the big loop to Indianna - just too much for one weekend. This way we can get the Ole' 61 home take some serious measurements - and then take her down to Axis when the GT Axle is ready - make the switch - Move onto the GT and get her all fixed up for the Winter travels (main jobs being axle, plumbing, & windows). Then it is all little stuff except for the polish and that will have to now wait until next summer - due to the time now needed to strip down the Excella AKA "Donner A/S"

So we are getting closer.

Still say you "done good" Lou and I was just checking out the AC/Fridge thread again - thinking of trading the awsome fridge in the excella for a 3/4 size not sure on the models yet - but that Palamino place sounds like a good bet.
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Old 05-31-2005, 09:20 PM   #10
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I'm replacing the axles on the 58 this summer - wish I was closer to an axle place that I could just drop off the trailer for new ones -

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Old 05-31-2005, 09:45 PM   #11
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I'm replacing the axles on the 58 this summer - wish I was closer to an axle place that I could just drop off the trailer for new ones -

Ken
That would be nice if we all could do that. I had to take a 4 hour trip to Axis and a four hour trip home. Then do it all over again the next week. Man, that was not fun. I do have a nice new axle and the trailer is sitting up nice and high now.
The thing that concerns me is that a lot of people will worry more about replacing the orange formica on their countertops then they will about there worn out axle. I think your running gear is the most important part of the trailer. It sees the most amount of continuous use. I know that I used to take mine for granted. Not anymore. Now that I have the Saf-T-Lube spindles and brand new brakes and drums I will enjoy doing my spring checklist for the running gear. NO MORE RUST! (For a lillte while!)
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Old 05-31-2005, 09:48 PM   #12
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Axis Axles

Hi All,
I spoke to Henry at Axis this morning. My 2) 3700# axles with Kodiak disk brakes will be shipped next week.
I have not been in a big hurry for them so I told Henry there was not a rush on them. That is why they won't be shipped till next week.
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Old 05-31-2005, 10:21 PM   #13
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Hi All,
I spoke to Henry at Axis this morning. My 2) 3700# axles with Kodiak disk brakes will be shipped next week.
I have not been in a big hurry for them so I told Henry there was not a rush on them. That is why they won't be shipped till next week.
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Too cool, Mike.
Please be sure to keep us posted as to how the installation goes. I am sure there are a lot of members that cannot wait to see how the Axis axle with disc brakes does for you.
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Old 05-31-2005, 10:27 PM   #14
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Something I found on the web!

I found this animation on the web back awhile ago.
It shows how the Safe-T-Lube spindle works.
I know that some of you have been wanting to know how it works. I figure a picture is worth a thousand words!
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