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Old 06-12-2008, 03:35 PM   #1
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I just got a 23 ft. 1970 Safari that has a bad axle. What I was wanting to know is: can you add an axle to make a dual axle trailer out of a single? Also what is the longest trailer that Airstream built with a single axle?
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I am far from an expert, however,I would strongly suggest you not tempt fate. Re-inventing the wheel is best left to the engineers and techs that are experienced in this matter. The dynamics of the changes would require so much modifications both to the frame and skin, you may destroy the integrity of your coach. Not to mention the look and feel of the towing aspects.
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I believe the longest single-axle AS in current models is the 20'...the 23' goes to 2 axels.
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I guess I will get a new axel from Inland Andy. I will get 12inch brakes as Andy say's they cost the same as 10 incher's. I will have to sell my 27ft. Excella or the Safari (can't afford to keep both) after I change the axel on the Safari I will see which tow's the best right now the 27ft. seems to pull better.
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I just got a 23 ft. 1970 Safari that has a bad axle. What I was wanting to know is: can you add an axle to make a dual axle trailer out of a single? Also what is the longest trailer that Airstream built with a single axle?
The longest single axle Airstream ever built, believe it or not, was a 30 footer, many years ago.

After that a 24 foot was tops.

Of recent vintage, 1969 and up, it was 23 feet.

However the 23 foot single axle was short lived, as Airstream changed it to a tandem axle, for a number of reasons.

A single axle 23 foot can be changed to a tandem, but only if you have the original drawings which also require some floor plan changes.

Changing the 23 fron a single axle to tandem, is not for a DIY.

Of immediate concern if your towing your trailer, is the condition of your axle.

1974 and older axles will all fail in due time, because of the incorrect composition of the rubber rods that were used then.

The following will help you to chck out your axle.

Dura Torque Axle

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Andy can I get a new axel with tires and wheels and drums already balanced?
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Andy can I get a new axel with tires and wheels and drums already balanced?
Sort of depends on where you live.

Freight today is the problem.

We would have to you the balanced parts out of California.

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