Dear Colleagues (and, inevitably, the Great One called Andy who is the Axle-Whisperer):
I'm the one with the new 1968
Globetrotter (you can click under my name on the left on the "images 25" to see pics).
Here's the trick. I have to some how tow this thing 2,600 miles back to Houston. The former owner said, "The axle is fine", and, until this forum board, I never thought anything of it after that. I also know there is perfect, okay for now, and Betsy-get-your-gun.
After searching the boards, I have a, I hope, a pretty easy set of questions:
(1) I have read the duratorque axle articles, etc., and seen the drawings. Unfortunately, I still do not know what to exactly look at when I am looking from behind my wheel, at the axle connection, to the rear of the trailer. I understand about the negative, and positive angles, etc. But, angles of what? For now, does anyone have any pics that clearly show, with tires on, what the casual observer is to actually look at in order to do the visual test? Maybe a pic of someone holding the end of a broom at what I am supposed to look at to ensure it is at a downward angle to the rear of the trailer (when empty), and not level, nor going upwards. I need to learn this so (a) I know it and (b) I can explain it to my friends in Redmond, Oregon to see if the axles are shot.
(2) Where in Redmond, Bend, Oregon area, or within two not-to-go-over-50 mph travel hours would someone be that could check these axles or, if they are deemed bad by the visual test of (1) above, could replace them?
(3) How bad is bad? How about I promise to fix it when I get back to Texas where life is good and filled with more Airstream dealers than you can swing a dead cat at. I am now scared to death (a pox on your houses) after seeing shots of broken axles and sad looking vintage airstreams sitting splayed on the road or dangling helplessly aboard flat-bed tow trucks?
Hope help is but a few pic clicks away.