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Old 06-28-2010, 07:44 PM   #1
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Seals? Where to find replacements?

Took the Overlander over to local shop to have the brakes checked out and replaced as well as re-pack of the bearings. I have had great experience with them as good and honest family biz. They called and said that I have the original axles (in good shape) but they can't find new seals for them? Thus they can't do the brakes and re-pack because the previous owner never replaced the seals and all the grease just ran into the brakes! I have 2 wheels that are completely caked in grease, the other two that barely work.

They said that I could replace the axles since I need new brakes anyway but seems a bit overboard unless I would be stupid to think I would get more live out of a 45 year set of axles...

So I need to find seals for original 65' axles. Any ideas? Problem is that I was trying to hit the road on Thursday for a very, very, long trip.

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Old 06-28-2010, 07:47 PM   #2
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Are you sure the axles are still good? That would be remarkable.
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Old 06-28-2010, 07:53 PM   #3
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If your axles are in good shape you can replace the complete brake assembly for about $50.00 each. That is a lot cheaper than replacing individual parts or having the current brakes cooked free of the grease. Check
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They will have the seals also.
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:03 PM   #4
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I'm like Jammer, amazed that your axles are good. The ones on my 68 were frozen solid and I had ZERO suspension.
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shawn, some of the early axles reportedly have weaker spindles than later years. if you fall into that group, you might want to replace the axles and even go for self adjusting brake shoes. i wish i had more info for you. :-(
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:44 PM   #6
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I would guess the company that is working on your rig knows a lot about bearings, brakes, etc, but very little about the style of suspension you have. I can't imagine a 45 year old rubber anything being in usable shape. I would really consider replacing the axle, you'll love how it tows, how much easier it will be on the interior and contents of your trailer, and will be using modern brakes, with new bearings, drums and seals that are much more readily available if you ever need parts while on the road. Inland RV (inlandrv.com) would be a good place to start shopping. There are other brands of axles, but you'll have to measure and special order them. If you follow the directions and get the numbers right you might save some money. We've put new axles through inland on both our and 69 and 63. We saved up for both, hated the expense but love the result.

seals, short term try calling Inland also, if anyone knows, Andy will know, that will at least get you by for the trip.
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:25 PM   #7
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It costs nothing to check you axles out yourself, in just a few minutes, and, no tools required other than your eyes.

Read the axle article in the Airstream Central section of this Forums. That will quickly teach you how to check them out.

Once you have that answer, you will know which way to go.

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shawn, some of the early axles reportedly have weaker spindles than later years. if you fall into that group, you might want to replace the axles and even go for self adjusting brake shoes. i wish i had more info for you. :-(

Ricky,

As I recall, the weak spindles are mainly on 1965 Caravels and other trailers of that length and age, not Overlanders..

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Thanks to Luke from Luke's Repair and Andy and Inland. Seals ordered and should be back on the road in good shape until new axles are in!

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You can get a lot of trailer parts here as well.
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Thanks to Luke from Luke's Repair and Andy and Inland. Seals ordered and should be back on the road in good shape until new axles are in!

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Hi Shawn,
You made the right decision here. New axles are a must for your 65.
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