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Old 03-20-2012, 12:01 AM   #15
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hey tlcbuilder, is this the tongue of your '58 18' "Footer"?
I am looking to pick one up this weekend and have some questions,
can I ask you some things?

Ball size?
I have 7-14.5 tires, do you or did you?
Have any info on bearings?

Sorry, not to highjack this thread, ( see other thread, 1958 18' wheel bearings)
but I'm in a pinch and cannot find any info,

Cuyeda, do you have any info for original axle wheel bearings?

Thx in advance

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Old 03-20-2012, 12:28 AM   #16
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curious about the switch to a torsion axle from the leaf springs: aren't you concentrating forces (the upward force from hitting a bump) on on point of the axle with the torsion Dexter, rather than the way the leaf spring axle would spread the forces out over a wider area of the frame, through the 4 leaf spring mounting points?

One thing I had heard about the hydraulic systems is that if there was a leak, you lost both the brakes in the tow vehicle and the trailer. Before 1967-68, most cars had a single circuit brake system so with no redundancy. I'd go with a leaf spring set up but with electric brakes.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:52 PM   #17
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cuyeda,
Bear with me as I am new to this trailer, but have some questions ( and will probably answer them as I read other posts).

What is the bolt pattern/size of hub on the axel? (7x15x5.5OC, 12" drum?)
What size wheel/tire are you using? Offset?

If it had 7x14.5 split rims, did you go with 15"?

BTW, that big piece of metal with be the first thing to go on my 1958 18' California I'm picking up this weekend. Although it may become yard art...LOL

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Old 03-21-2012, 12:39 PM   #18
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cuyeda,
Bear with me as I am new to this trailer, but have some questions ( and will probably answer them as I read other posts).

What is the bolt pattern/size of hub on the axel? (7x15x5.5OC, 12" drum?)
What size wheel/tire are you using? Offset?

If it had 7x14.5 split rims, did you go with 15"?

BTW, that big piece of metal with be the first thing to go on my 1958 18' California I'm picking up this weekend. Although it may become yard art...LOL

Thanks in advance,
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Can you post any photos of your interior for comparison when you get a chance.

Not an expert, but will answer what I can.

Original drum size: 12", and will probably go with 10" (undetermined).
Original tire size: 7.00x15
Costco sells trailer tires now: ST 225 75R 15 Load range D
Original split rims: 15", 6 lugs
Installed bolt pattern: 6 lugs, vintage Chevy truck wheels, 0 offset.
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:18 PM   #19
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Excellent, thx

Great info, just wanted to confirm wheel size, wanted to make sure the ST225/75D15 would fit inside the wheel well of my 1958 18' California.

Here are some pics, as is, but may help. If you do a search for vintage airstream photo archives you can find a bunch of info/pics of each year/style.

I would want to stay with 12" drum if possible, and I think some research on axle replacement should lead you to sollutions. I believe a Dexter axle, or Axis would work. They offer a straight or 4" drop, the straight will give you more body height, and the drop will look original. may be able to get say 225/70 or 225/65 tires to lower the height if you go with straight axle. I would not go with a dura-torque torsion axle, since the '58 has leaf springs it would be easy to just stay with leaf springs and replace the axle
Again, do a search for vintage airstream, conversion parts list, and axle options and you should get some good pics/info.
I would provide the link, but I am not sure if Airforums will monitor the post.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:36 PM   #20
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Twin beds in Front

My 1958 18' Traveler, made in Ca., #4201 has twin bunks in the front.
Unsure if this was original, or made after production.

Floor is completely rotted, all interior cabinets are completely anihilated, plus the axle has to be replaced. This picture has identical axle as the one in my '58. However my wheel wells are tear drop shape.

BTW, I will be going with a straight Dexter axel and leaf spring combo, electric brakes, stock steel wheels with baby moons.
Anywho, cuyeda add some more pics of the work.... we like the pics!

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Old 03-25-2012, 10:40 PM   #21
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Here's my new to me one!
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:11 AM   #22
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Either of you guys wouldnt be interested in parting with the fridge (assuming its an original Krefft) would you? :-)
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Either of you guys wouldnt be interested in parting with the fridge (assuming its an original Krefft) would you? :-)
The fridge in my trailer is not a Krefft. Whatever it is, it's gonna get tossed.
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:18 PM   #24
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My fridge was not original, if you are restoring to original, I have a lot of painted doors, drawers, wall panels and parts for sale real cheap. Send me your email tlcbuilder@aol.com. IMine looked about like pictures above, but in yellow. What was wrong with axel except age. Seems like everyone is replacing perfectly good axels, what am I missing. Terry
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Terry, you are not missing anything. the axles are plenty strong as is but inspect the spindles carefully as they can crack if abused in the past. New brake backing plates and parts are readily available to modernize your axle to current specs, original replacement parts are probably not available at all.
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Axle super rusty on mine

tlcbuilder,
my axle was so rusty I thought for sure it was going to snap while driving, litteraly it had been sitting since 1992 on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean. The rust is so bad is has oxidized through some (not many) but some of the exterior end cap panels. The sea air has just ruined most of anything metal on this bad boy.
What would it take to replace the backing plates?
Will the original Hadco drum fit with a new backing plate?
A gentleman that helped me out on the road said that the Hadco drums HAD to go with this axle because of the spindle and backing plate. Not sure if this is correct, or if I could just get a new hub with new backing plate. My guess is the bearing races may not fit.
Anywho, i'll worry about that later. 430 miles later the trailer is home!

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My fridge is so corroded that you probably wouldn't want it. Thanks for asking, but I'm afraid to open it up.... no really.

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