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Old 04-02-2013, 10:55 PM   #71
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Your brakes may only need to be adjusted. A good experienced rv tech will be able to set you straight. If the brakes only need adjustment, I would order the axle with new brakes when it comes time to replace the axle.

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Old 04-03-2013, 08:12 PM   #72
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We gave up on trying to have her ready for next week. After all the great advice and patient people, we have decided to order a new axle with all the fixin's and install it ourselves with the help of a couple more experienced friends. Sad she isn't going with us, but will just make the first trip all the sweeter! Thanks again guys!
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:44 PM   #73
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When you order your new axle be sure to get self adjusting brakes and order the axle with shock brackets pre-welded on. I would also recommend that you get new shocks and centramatic balancers at the same time.

I recently ordered mine from Inland. The axle was $745, Shocks $28.95ea.,and the centramatics @ $40ea. The removal/ install only took me two hours with two men. You will need two jack stands,two floor jacks (one would work but it was much easier with two), a 1/2" drive 15/16" socket , 1/2" drive breaker bar , 1/2" drive torque wrench , 15/16" box end wrench, 1/2" drive 3/4" socket ( for shock removal/install), a 11/16" drill bit ( I used a die grinder with a 1/2" burr) to oval (drill out) the front hole on each sides mounting bracket, and a four wheel movers dolly to easily move the old axle out and move the new axle into position. My helper charged me two six packs of Sierra Nevada Big Foot Ale. I also used new nuts and bolts(hardened) to mount the axle that I bought at local hardware store.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:46 AM   #74
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MOST IMPORTANT I stacked my tires and cribbing under the back bumper and cribbing under the tongue to prevent the trailer from crushing me if the trailer happened to fall or get knocked off the jack stands while I was underneath.
DO NOT TRUST YOUR LIFE TO THE JACK STANDS ALONE!!!

Also make sure that you install the shocks onto the axle before rolling it under the trailer and lifting it up but leave the brake assemblies off until you get the new axle mounted. Once you get the axle mounted then install the brake backing plates. Do a initial brake adjustment (just enough for the drums to fit on). Then pack the bearings (use a GC-LB grease) you can use a "bearing packer" to grease up the bearings but I just put a blob of grease in the palm of my hand and smeared it in until I could see it coming out through the bearings. Just make sure the bearing is completely packed.
Drop the inner bearing into place and install the grease seal. You can tap the seal into place with a brass hammer but I have found that it works better for me to press the seal in by using two boards with holes drilled in the center of them and a piece of threaded rod, nuts and flat washers. Pass the rod through the center of the hub put a board on both sides sandwiching the seal between then and install the flat washers and nuts onto the rod. Tighten the nuts gently until the seal starts to go into place while tapping on the board on the seal side. Do this until the seal is fully seated. This will install the seal square without damaging it. The Forum has many post on how to adjust the bearing nuts (I run the nut snug then back it off one hole before installing the cotter pin) you just have to make sure that the bearing races are fully seated before this will work

With the axle removal/install taking about two hours with two men, and the brake/bearing install taking just over an hour each I was able to do the total install in about a half day with taking beer breaks.

Also while your waiting for your new axle to arrive be sure to spray all the old nuts with penetrating oil several times. You especially want to spray the frame shock mounting studs and nuts because it is common for these to break off during the removal. If you break one off it will add several hours to your project by the time you hunt a new shock mounting stud down, cut or grind off the broken one and weld a new one on.

Be safe and take your time.

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Old 04-04-2013, 07:43 AM   #75
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Wow! Great advice and thank you so much! We will follow your instructions and will be very careful. I am sure questions will arise as we get started and I will ask as we go. Once again, thanks for taking the time to post all that great info!
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:20 AM   #76
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MOST IMPORTANT I stacked my tires and cribbing under the back bumper and cribbing under the tongue to prevent the trailer from crushing me if the trailer happened to fall or get knocked off the jack stands while I was underneath.
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Not quite on topic but I had to look up the word "Cribbing" - I'm a newcomer to these shores. Well, I've learned something new today

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OK, back to brakes and axles...
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Not quite on topic but I had to look up the word "Cribbing" - I'm a newcomer to these shores. Well, I've learned something new today

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OK, back to brakes and axles...
Also referred to as dunnage depending on locale.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunnage
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Also referred to as dunnage depending on locale.

Dunnage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
TWO new things I've learned today
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I guess you should educate us. What is cribbing called in the UK?
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I believe it's called "big stackies of woodish thingies"
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I believe it's called "big stackies of woodish thingies"
That sounds very Scottish.
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I guess you should educate us. What is cribbing called in the UK?
I was going to say that I have no idea, but Aage came in with a better answer first!
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I was going to say that I have no idea, but Aage came in with a better answer first!
Ten minutes research and I find that it's known as "Dunnage" in the UK (see earlier reply). Nope, never heard of it; "big stack of woody blockie thingies" works for me.
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Okay, so I have derailed a thread or two, but this one really slid off the track...and I love it! I'll be happy to tell my husband what to stack under the bumper and I bet he still won't have a clue after I use all the different words for big stickies of woodish thingies! However, we will stack something under there to prevent me from becoming a pancake.
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