Originally Posted by PA BAMBI II
What is the proper way to change a tire on a single axle '64 Bambi II? I need to get new tires on it to make it towable, but don't want to damage anything. On Dad's dual axle Airstreams, of course we pulled or backed up on blocks with the good tire and changed the bad tire.
Can't do that with a Bambi!! I am guessing just jacking it right under the axle is the way to go, but like I said, I don't want to damage anything.
The best and safety place to place the jack, is on the axle mounting plate, just rearward of the axle. The axle mounting plate is welded to the side of the frame.
If the axle has never been replaced, you may havea problem removing the tire and wheel. The rubber rods within the axle tube may have solidified, locking the axle shaft in place.
When you jack up the trailer, the tire should drop about 3 inches. If that happens, the the rubber rods have not solidified The next axle test is to determine the posoition of the axle torsion arm, with the trailer weihjt imposed on it.
For more axle information, go to the Airstream Central portion of this Forums, and read the article.
Hopefully, your axle is still OK.