Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-13-2009, 11:21 PM   #29
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,204
Images: 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mikethefixit View Post
Oh DID I MENTION I'm 70 yrs old.
Oh, man, I gotta wait another ten years?


(Sorry, Roger, couldn't resist)
__________________

__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2009, 11:31 PM   #30
3 Rivet Member
 
Harry W's Avatar
 
1978 31' Sovereign
Scottsdale , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 131
Chris:

I jacked up my 31' 78 Sovreign to replace the axles. I was on a level floor so I did not have to anchor the trailer using the tow vehicle. I did make up a "C" shaped wooden frame on four casters that I had to move the old axles out and the new ones in. Once under, a floor jack was used to raise them into position. Wheels were off, drums and shocks were on. I am not a fan of what you are planning because you will have to get under the trailer while someone you trust lowers it in order to guide the axles into place.

BTW, my axles were the correct ones but the alignment is bad. After a bad experience with trying to get them aligned by an Airstream dealer, I will let the tires grind away since they have to be replaced every 4 years anyway, but that's another thread.
__________________

__________________
Harry W
4CU Charter Member
AIR # 13858, WBCCI # 2420
Harry W is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 01:00 AM   #31
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Axle fit

1969 and newer trailers will accept new axles that have the shock brackets welded in place, so no welding is necessary.

They also directly bolt up with 2 bolts on each side.

Nothing to weld, and no holes to drill.

The welding and hole drilling is related to axles that will be installed on the 1968 and older trailers.

The drilling of the holes on the 68 and older trailers, is necessary because the axle mounting bracket was changed, as per Airstream's request.

The welding of the shock brackets on the 68 and older trailers, is necessary since their location on the torsion arm was different between the 2 Airstream plants, as well as different for some of those years as well as some models.

The only option is to weld them in place in the field, to make sure that the necessary clearances are met.

Andy
__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 07:37 AM   #32
Patriotic
 
Chuck's Avatar

 
1973 23' Safari
North of Boston , Massachusetts
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 4,533
Images: 260
Anybody see the news thismorning? or was it just a local story...

Mark (the bird) Fidrich, famous mlb pitcher, is dead. Truck fell on him. probably doing something like this.
Unless I'm totally misunderstanding, what is being described is completely insane. for the sake of a jack that costs...what? 100 bucks? rent for 15? borrow from a neighbor for free?
__________________
Air:291
Wbcci: 3752
'73 Safari 23'
'00 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 QC
Chuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 08:12 AM   #33
Rivet Master
 
Over59's Avatar
 
1959 26' Overlander
Putnam , Connecticut
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 3,064
Images: 37
My personal bias is to stablize the heavier larger object. Then bring the lighter smaller object to the larger one. Requires less energy and allows for more control (control = mass / (energy avalable to apply * presicion).
So the safty margin your way is Axel Mass/ Trailer Mass. The raise the axel approach is Trailer Mass/ Axel Mass. Big numbers are better.
This will take you a lot longer than you think, be very careful and get someone reliable to help. I would feel better with some leveled cement blocks as a backup.
__________________
Over59 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 08:13 AM   #34
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
Anybody see the news thismorning? or was it just a local story...

Mark (the bird) Fidrich, famous mlb pitcher, is dead. Truck fell on him. probably doing something like this.
Unless I'm totally misunderstanding, what is being described is completely insane. for the sake of a jack that costs...what? 100 bucks? rent for 15? borrow from a neighbor for free?
Or a couple of buddies that have some muscles, who would probably enjoy helping, provided you offered a six pack, or two.

A wind alone, can topple the trailer off of the jacks.

Andy
__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 08:56 AM   #35
Rivet Master<br><img src="/ugala/forums/images/5rivet.gif">
 
CanoeStream's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari FB SE
St. Cloud , Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 13,279
Images: 19
Blog Entries: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Inland RV Center, In View Post
A wind alone, can topple the trailer off of the jacks.
Wasn't Mark 'The Bird' Fidrych killed under a truck? Thanks for the good times, Bird.

Be careful out there...
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Safety.jpg
Views:	70
Size:	40.9 KB
ID:	78402  
__________________
Bob

5 meter Langford Nahanni

CanoeStream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 03:08 PM   #36
2 Rivet Member
 
chrisd37's Avatar
 
1976 31' Sovereign
Marietta , 30064
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 59
So why didnt anybody say "the new axles just aren't that heavy you can lift them youself without too much trouble?" The drums etc are not on yet, so the axles were relatively light and relatively simple to work with.

Given that, and given the concerns expressed here, I hand lifted them and put the bolts through. Then I used my SUV jack to apply some weight so the rear end swung up like it would on the ground. Once it's all together and on the ground I will loosen and retorque the axle-to-frame bolts in case anything wants to settle into place.

Now... With the trailer still on jackstands & blocks etc, the shocks, fully extended, don't quite make it the length between their shock mounts. I assume under load the shock mount on the axle will move closer to the shock mount on the frame and then the shocks will go on ok? Is that right?
__________________
chrisd37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 03:16 PM   #37
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisd37 View Post

Now... With the trailer still on jackstands & blocks etc, the shocks, fully extended, don't quite make it the length between their shock mounts. I assume under load the shock mount on the axle will move closer to the shock mount on the frame and then the shocks will go on ok? Is that right?
Install the shocks when there is a load on the axle.

The cause is the 35 degree starting angle.

It will settle into place all by itself, in time.

No cause to worry.

Andy
__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 03:20 PM   #38
moderator
Commercial Member
 
Airslide's Avatar

 
2014 23' FB International
Currently Looking...
Wilton , California
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,705
Images: 50
Send a message via Yahoo to Airslide
Do you have a picture of your current progress?
__________________
"Old fashioned service on your late model Airstream"

https://www.facebook.com/VinniesNort...ir?ref=tn_tnmn
Airslide is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 04:00 PM   #39
Rivet Master
 
Wayne&Sam's Avatar
 
2014 25' Flying Cloud
Cuddebackville , New York
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 3,100
Images: 21
I need to change the aerator on the sink in my Airstream. Getting the old one off is easy. To put the new one on, I'm going to jack up the trailer. Then while standing outside, I'm going to reach in through the window and hold the new aerator under the faucet. Then I'll have my wife lower the jacks little at a time until the faucet hits the aerator and then I'll just screw it on! Seems easier than the way everybody else does it.





__________________
Wayne&Sam is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 04:07 PM   #40
2 Rivet Member
 
chrisd37's Avatar
 
1976 31' Sovereign
Marietta , 30064
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 59
Hi Vlamica, yes: WebForm1

I got a bunch of Georgia pollen gunk all in the red grease on the spindles, so I will have to clean those and regrease them. Andy included a can of that grease, thanks!

Next question: There are two "LEFT" electric brakes and two "RIGHT" electric brakes. I assume both lefts go on the "driver's/road side" and both rights go on "passenger/curb side"? (rather than when facing the wheel well having a LEFT on my left and a RIGHT on my right)
__________________
chrisd37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 04:14 PM   #41
2 Rivet Member
 
chrisd37's Avatar
 
1976 31' Sovereign
Marietta , 30064
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 59
Wayne&Sam, now that is a silly idea. The aerator does not go on the ground!
__________________
chrisd37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 04:32 PM   #42
Rivet Master
 
Airboss's Avatar
 
1997 30' Limited
1972 23' Safari
1965 17' Caravel
Howell , Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 2,071
Send a message via AIM to Airboss Send a message via MSN to Airboss Send a message via Yahoo to Airboss
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
Anybody see the news thismorning? or was it just a local story...

Mark (the bird) Fidrich, famous mlb pitcher, is dead. Truck fell on him. probably doing something like this.
Unless I'm totally misunderstanding, what is being described is completely insane. for the sake of a jack that costs...what? 100 bucks? rent for 15? borrow from a neighbor for free?
Its all over the news here as well. Oh How we remember the BIRD!!
__________________

__________________
"If your not living life on the edge... Your taking up too much room. WANTED, Single lady who loves and has a Airstream. Please send photo of Airstream and Tow Vehicle
Operation "SAVE RUDY" Strike Team (Charter Member) RALPH, KW8G..WBCCI # 4201 Metro Detroit & 4CU TAC # MI-007
Airboss is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dexter axle installation Inland RV Center, In Axles 22 09-20-2013 05:27 PM
Dexter Axle Installation Started! Streamin 65 Axles 17 06-07-2006 05:02 PM
Tub Removal Procedure Buttercup Sinks, Showers & Toilets 0 05-27-2005 03:59 AM
PA Winterizing Procedure pbnjsellers General Motorhome Topics 2 11-15-2004 05:26 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:52 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.