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Old 10-08-2016, 07:28 AM   #15
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I actually picked my axles up at a Redneck axle distributor in Springfield mo. They had acres of axles and warehouses full of parts. I would also try them for parts.

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Old 10-10-2016, 04:20 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by David F View Post
My experience with the Inland RV axle was exactly the same for my 1967 Caravel. New holes in axle bracket and mounting plate, a little grinding of interfering welds and it slotted right in. Only wish I had test fitted the axle before welding on the shock brackets as the brackets made if very hard to drill the needed bolt holes.

I order a bare axle from Inland RV (i.e. no brakes). Big mistake as the spindle on the new axle is much larger than the original and bearings do not fit. Been trying to get Andy to help me solve the problem for about a month now, but he wont call me back...after the sale service leaves a bit to be desired. I was hoping he knows the right bearing combination to work with existing 10" drums, but I am beginning to think I need to buy all new brakes to make it work. Come on Andy, a bit more customer service/care would be appreciated.
Google Dexter to find their network of distributors and customer service for a Dexter Catalog. Their catalog is comprehensive with all the information you will need as to dimensions and bearings. They have a number of distributors around the country. The one I picked my axles up from was called "RED NECK TRAILER SUPPLY" in Lincolnton, NC. BTW, I did order mine with full brake and hub assemblies which greatly simplified things. Also, you can order fully assembled brake assemblies that are ready to bolt on.

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Old 10-15-2016, 09:22 PM   #17
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I purchased through Andy at Inland. I researched and figured out all the dimensions required to order from Red Neck in Mira Loma. In the end, their price was more than Inland. Also, it would have taken 2 to 3 weeks when Andy had them in stock.

Enlarging of the frame for my Argosy would need to be done whether purchased from Red Neck or Inland. The axles purchased from Inland had Red Neck markings/stickers on them.

For my application, the shock mounts were welded on prior to pick up. I ordered them then picked up the next day.

Andy also gave me a Airstream!.......................key chain. Very cool.

Just my experience with them.
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Old 10-15-2016, 11:59 PM   #18
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It cost $1,260 to install Inland's axles?


I paid $400 to have Colin Hyde's axles installed.

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I bought mine from Inland last November because I had a small window of time and Andy could deliver to the nearest Dexter dealer in two weeks. <snip>

BTW, I was not physically able to do this myself but we are fortunate to have a couple of good men who do heavy trailer and truck repair up near Inman, SC. Their shop name is Ledbetter Welding Service. If you can get to them from where you are, you could not do better and they now have the very successful conversion of my Overlander axles under their belts. They didn't mind a bit that I crawled around and looked over their shoulders thru the whole project. They charged only $1,260 start to finish. I will be glad to put you in touch with them if you can contact me thru Air Forums.

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Old 11-12-2016, 11:23 AM   #19
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I'm in process of swapping axles on my 73 TW. I picked up my axles from Andy at Inland RV as I was going to be in the area for a wedding anyway. Going in to this I knew I wanted to increase the weight carrying capacity of my axles so I knew I would have to make adjustments to the frame. I was expecting to weld on (or have them welded) the shock mounts but found they were already on. I didn't have a problem putting the shocks on after the axle was in place. Yes I did have to enlarge the frame where the axle tube fits by 1/4" but while I was at InlandRV Andy told me to set the bolt in the rear hole and swing it up and check to see where I need to cut. When I did this I found that the forward section of the frame would need to be cut as well as a new hole for the forward bolt (which he told me as well). Again I knew this going and so it's not a surprise. Also by cutting the forward section it left the rear unmolested and still set at the factory specs.

So far I am happy with my results and while the instructions that came with the axles are pretty basic the conversation I had with Andy was priceless. There was a wealth of information I received about Airstreams in general and it only cost me a trip to Southern California.
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Old 11-14-2016, 04:38 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by drboyd View Post
It cost $1,260 to install Inland's axles?


I paid $400 to have Colin Hyde's axles installed.
Apparently there are some odd differences about my original axles that Andy did not know about. When my installer called for some advice for example, he did not believe there were wooden shims between the axle brackets and the frame. The hole locations in the side plates bore no resemblance to the instructions we received. As to $400 vs $1200, the new axles were bigger, heavier and had a completely different hole pattern. We spent a lot of time measuring and planning our approach. As explained before, I wanted to keep the 12 inch brakes which required the bigger axle. Andy's location of the shock brackets was spot on.

A friend ordered axles from Colin for an Argosy and was able to install them himself with no drilling, cutting or welding but he was willing to settle for the smaller brakes. I was unable to even contact Colin when I needed to order.

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