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Old 04-14-2009, 04:54 PM   #43
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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)
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I can't find any new cotter pins in my bag'o'goodies that I got today. I read there are non-cotter-pin things these days. Do I have a non cotter pin set up? If so, will the cotter pins from the old axles that I installed in the new ones hurt anything?

And what the heck is this thing?


There are four of that thing, so I figure it must stay on rather than be an installation tool. I don't see it at all in the manual that came with the axle set or in the airstream service guide. It fits over the outermost part of the drum but the dust cap does not fit into it (at least not that I can figure out).
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:44 PM   #46
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I can't find any new cotter pins in my bag'o'goodies that I got today. I read there are non-cotter-pin things these days. Do I have a non cotter pin set up? If so, will the cotter pins from the old axles that I installed in the new ones hurt anything?

And what the heck is this thing?


There are four of that thing, so I figure it must stay on rather than be an installation tool. I don't see it at all in the manual that came with the axle set or in the airstream service guide. It fits over the outermost part of the drum but the dust cap does not fit into it (at least not that I can figure out).
It is a grease seal which goes on the back of the drum. The closed side goes toward the center of the trailer.

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Old 04-14-2009, 06:45 PM   #47
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Aha! Thanks Bill!
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Yep y'all were right.




Lifting the axles was really easy.

And man that red grease makes a mess!

The axles brakes and drums are installed and I have two tires on the ground on the road side. The curb side is still on stands. I want the tires off for installing the new wheel well tomorrow evening after work.

Thank goodness for going back to the office tomorrow. I need a rest!

Thanks for everyone's help!
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I just wanted to ask ya,DID ya get as much grease on U as the bearings???
If so, YA DID GOOD.
I'm glad everything went well.
See even younger guys can do it.
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Old 04-14-2009, 10:28 PM   #51
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So why didnt anybody say "the new axles just aren't that heavy you can lift them youself without too much trouble?"
Because many of us are old and decrepit, and get winded if we type too fast...(pant, pant)... much less lift a 150 or so pound axle.
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Good Luck Chris! Keep us posted, I am hoping all goes well as we have the same endevor ahead of us.
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Hi TinRitz, thanks and good luck to you too!

I have only to install the curb side wheels remaining, but that is waiting until I do the outside wheel well this evening.

Overlander63, my axles weren't 150 pounds. The brakes/drums were shipped uninstalled at my request to make my job easier (longer, but easier IMO). The old axle sets were way too heavy to want to deal with, so I wanted to divide & conquer the new axle sets. I am guessing they were 70ish pound each.
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Henschen bare axles for Airstream's weigh 120 pounds.

Henschen complete axles for Airstream's weigh 220 pounds.

When the axle rating becomes 4000 pounds or more, then add 25 to 30 pounds to the above numbers.

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