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Old 10-13-2013, 03:25 AM   #15
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Bolt holes don't align. The do if I spin the axle 180 degrees, but that just tain't right.
With Dexters you do have do drill new mounting holes through the mounting flange and fishplate.
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:27 AM   #16
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Dexters brackets are made for other brands of trailers. Airstream is a very tiny segment of their axle business and they use them on all brands. Better than custom drilled, not drilled would be my choice.
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Spoke with Inland RV last week and they advised measuring up to the center of the rear hole and making sure that the measurement is transferred then drill. FYI I think Andy is taking a break. Least I hope so.


What I'm finding is that the holes are not quite the same distance, but not sure that it really matters. (See pic pink circles around the holes.

I figure the bottom of the trailer frame needs to rest on top of the axle mounting plate with no gap.

My thought is to
1) Jack the axle up till the frame bottom is tight to the top of the axle mounting plate. (red arrows in the photo)
2) Drill 5/8" holes through the top of the elongated vertical slots to prevent the the frame and axle from separating. I could drill new holes, but the one on the right is too high to put a bolt on as unless I start grinding heads. Bolts, not mine. Or, drill new holes, but I'd like to keep a much metal on this bracket and not have a Swiss cheese meltdown.


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Any one else out there replaced your Dexter axles and find issues with the above plan?
I put an axle on just about every other week. That(in the photo) is what you get every time. Drill a 1/8" pilot hole, then go at it with a stepped bit. It will take you one minute a hole and off you go. Be glad you do not have a Bambi, they have a very narrow mounting plate and there is virtually nothing to bolt to...
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If you can get your hands on a transfer punch. It makes it easy to locate the hole center.
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Thanks. Wish I had one, but I used a small piece of 1/2 copper pipe. It's 5/8 outdiameter and really closer to 17/32 internal. With that I put 1 small vice grip around the pipe to hold it. Then I put the end of the pipe in the 5/8" slot and pushed it up as high as it will go. Then clamped the hole thing in place to prevent it from slipping. Once secured, I drilled through with a larger bit.
Holes are done and flages are painted with POR 15.
Just need to put back on the safety shoes and install the axle.
Assuming it doesn't pour rain here in Austin I should have the axle in by afternoon.

Just have to work on the AC and have have an issue I really don't want to look at, but am going to have to. Have a piece of angle iron, least at one time it was, that spans across the back. I believe it supported the bottom pan. It's gone. Nothing but flakes.
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