I am the other involved party that is doing the work to the original posters trailer....this 50' long Spartan trailer is going to be moved one time from FL to TX and then put on blocks not to be moved again anytime soon. This is the main reason for not initially wanting to replace with new axles. (However it is still being considered) In addition, his other 2 Spartans that he owns in TX can also someday utilize these same hubs/drums when needed!
New axles have to be custom made as nothing is available "off the shelf". This equates to a much higher price than just replacing with good used drums.
These were used on many years of airstreams. Many of which have been are are in process of being udated and replaced as you all are suggesting. We are hoping to find 2 someones who are presently doing so now!
What we actually are looking for are 4 of 1950
to late 1960's 26', 24', and possibly 22' single axle brake drums as these seem to all have come with 12"x2" Kelsey Hays brakes. I don't know exactly which year they did away with the 8 sided, threaded on grease cap...but that is what we are looking for. I may have 2 located here allready and may just need 2 more!
It's a shame that these drums are getting scrapped as the bigger vintage trailers that use these only get moved a couple times a year or even less... and these original Kelsey Hays drums will last them for another 30 + years at that rate!
Please! Help us find them!