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Old 07-24-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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Newbie Tire/Brake Question

Hi All,

I recently purchased a 1967 Sovereign that has been sitting for several years. I had it checked out by a local trailer mechanic, and he says it needs 5 new tires, new brakes and backing plates, and new bearings in each hub.

Considering it's age i don't think that's unreasonable, but was hoping somebody with some more experience could tell me if $1750 is a reasonable price for parts and labor?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 07-24-2012, 05:00 PM   #2
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Price sounds reasonable for what you're describing, but on that vintage are you sure you don't need to replace axle(s)? If they're not solid axles but Dexters or similar, they may be shot or near it. New axles come with brakes and hubs. I doubt I'd spend money for a fifth tire. Our 87 Sovereign has no place for a spare anyhow. We have a roadside assistance plan, and I'm told you can limp short distances slowly on 3 tires if necessary. If I did have a spare, it would be a used one, figuring it would have to be replaced in about 5 years even if it had never been on the ground.

My 2 cents as a relatively new guy -- you'll get lots of opinions and no doubt some will be better than mine. I'd ask a knowledgeable Airstreamer in your area to have a look-see.

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Old 07-26-2012, 02:55 PM   #3
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Thanks--that sounds like good advice all around. I'm not sure about the axles, but I'll find out.

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Old 07-26-2012, 05:09 PM   #4
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At some point you will need the new axles and you might as well get then now as they will give you all the new brakes and bearings. You also will have a chance to get grease fittings for the bearings, or never lube bearings. Then 4 or 5 tires. You might consider 16" replacement wheels with 16" tires if they will fit your AS. In general, it seems to be a smart move as you can use LT tires rather than ST ones which have had a very spotty reputation for reliability.

In other words, you are going to spend quite a lot of money on tires and brakes and you will still have an old system. I bet for not much more (guessing another thousand or two) you can get it all updated to much better 2012 equipment.
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