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Old 03-15-2006, 10:37 AM   #29
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If I need new axles does this mean I just wasted my money on barrigs and brakes or can any part of that be salvaged?
Thanks for the easy way to check, I'll take a look at her as soon as I get home.
Robin out

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It depends on what you now have.

Usually, if somethings been in service 20-30 years, especially an axle or axles, it's wise to start again with all new components.

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Old 03-15-2006, 11:03 AM   #30
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go to the "installing brakes" thread

http://www.airforums.com/forum...kes-21133.html

and see my post #3. Photos show the difference between the old brake plate with the round magnet and the newer model "square" magnet. The brake plates are $45-60, so it's not a huge investment to get all new hardware, but getting the press-fit bolts back into the new plate is a bear of a task.

These new brakes/brake plate fit perfectly into my existing 1970s drums.

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hi tamara, my buddy andy, and others......

a few suggestions regarding your factory appt...

everyone is 'scheduled' for 8am....
some folks will have over nighted in the terraport or camped nearby jc...

if ya wanna be seen early...you need to be there at 7am....when they unlock the doors....

go in and find the signup sheet and ........sign up. of course it is possible no one else will have appts that day......

they do great work, are very through, and very friendly....

just be there early.....

if you are spending the whole day there, take a laptop with wifi card, as they have free wifi for your surfing pleasure...

and try not to buy too many goodies in the factory store...

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Old 03-15-2006, 02:46 PM   #32
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Tamara.

When your at the factory, you have a unique chance to tour the production lines.

See Don Ambos, as soon as you arrive, or check in with the service people and tell them that you would like to sign up for the factory tour.

Chance of a lifetime.

Take a camera.

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Old 03-15-2006, 09:31 PM   #33
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2air',

That is probably the most helpful advice I could have received at the moment! The way things have turned out this week it looks as though I personally am not going to be able to make the trip to JC...I am SO disappointed. But, my folks are hauling the trailer over with a complete list of things to discuss and since they are 50% owners of the A/S along with my better half and I, they are very aware of what needs to be looked at. They will be overnighting nearby though not at the factory...I will absolutely tell them to get there early! I had no clue that was so crucial.

I am figuring we may be leaving the old girl there for a bit, so I am DEFINITELY going to the factory when we pick her up!! I have been through JC but got there just after the factory closed, so I am looking forward to trying to do the tour.

Thanks a million for the tip. I owe ya one
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Thumbs up A good report so far!

Received the preliminary report from the road today, my parents arrived at the factory just a bit early for their appt, but only had one other person in front of them so not too many problems with waiting.

The service tech who examined our Overlander has a '66 of his own, and appeared pretty impressed with her condition. The general consensus was that they are going to check over the axles and shocks for us but he doesn't feel we need to look at replacement. We are getting new tires and a full balance job done before she comes home in a couple weeks, while they look at some other repairs for us.

As for the other items, I think I'll hop over to the Overlander sub-forum and perhaps add a running thread about our overall factory experience and repair costs and procedures. Generally though, he felt our girl was in great shape and not nearly as bad as many that have frame separation. ($900 for the fix there, as opposed to re-doing the entire floor they are re-inforcing instead.) I think we got off easy...for now. I realize that anything that old will still need to be carefully maintained and monitored for repairs!

Thanks to all for the insight on tires axles and brakes, if they find anything else in that regard that needs fixing, I'll post the results and costs here in this thread. Otherwise, the conclusion is we will be going with Goodyears from the factory at $104 each, saves us money for the convenience of getting them done now and done right. $127.50/axle for the balancing - not cheap but I hope it is worth it. Not yet sure what to do when the time comes for another balance, but perhaps another trip to Jackson Center will be in order then!

I will still be putting money back for new axles sometime in the future as I know that having new ones can only be a good thing. One step at a time...

Thanks again everyone, for now I am breathing a little easier and looking forward to our May A/S trip! First one in at least two years!

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hi tamara.....

well that is certainly good news.......

great folks at the mothership.....

the service guys are air'tastic!

now do something good for you and the trailer........

go camping....


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You bet I will!!!
Only 55 days to our first A/S trip in over two years - I can't WAIT!!

It's good to be back...
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... The general consensus was that they are going to check over the axles and shocks for us but he doesn't feel we need to look at replacement.

... I will still be putting money back for new axles sometime in the future as I know that having new ones can only be a good thing. ...


Why worry about replacing the axles when a Factory representative who, in addition, owns the same vintage year trailer, does not think replacement is necessary? If it was Jim-Bob's RV Repair in Nowhere, USA, one should think twice.

But the factory?

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Why worry about replacing the axles when a Factory representative who, in addition, owns the same vintage year trailer, does not think replacement is necessary?
You're right Tom, and I'm not rushing to get new ones that's for sure. But I am just trying to keep myself prepared for the worst, should it come sooner rather than later

Let's hope it's much later, or....never!
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Hi Tamara,
I just had my axles checked and found I didn't need new one's either. I got all new breraks, bearings and a balance, so am ready to go on my first trip out in a couple of weeks.
Keep us posted.
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... A comparison article will be available very soon.
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How's that article coming?

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How's that article coming?

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Great! So the article is done. When do you think it will be published?

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