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Old 12-03-2015, 08:38 PM   #15
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Half off sounds like it's worth calling about! I'll give inland RV and Colin a call and get some quotes if my 'Jack Test' is definitive this weekend.

Question: If I get new axles, will my bolt pattern change?

I'm going to get new tires anyway, and was considering getting 16 inch wheels and LT tires, but I was curious if I 'had' get get new wheels when I change axles because the bolt pattern changes...

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Old 12-08-2015, 03:36 PM   #16
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We purchased new tires before the axels. Our tires were very old and were split rims. I('m not entirely sure how we made it home in one piece!) No one would touch our rims. Because we were working with the original axels, we got tires/rims to match the original bolt pattern.

Our new axels were ordered to match the existing bolt pattern on our new tires. No biggie.

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Old 12-12-2015, 10:27 PM   #17
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I'm not saying that you can't do it, but know that in all likelihood, there will have to be some modifying to the frame where it attaches. As well, the wheels also will need alignment.

I took the easy way out - I had new running gear installed at JC. In doing it that way, I was able to get heavier axles (went from 4,000 lb axles to 4,500 lbs, thereby increasing the combined axles weight rating from 8,000 lbs to 9,000 lbs. JC charged me $1,500 per axle (axle with hub & brakes, labor to install and align, and taxes) all in. You can also choose the Nev-R-Lube hubs. The job took them almost one day.
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Old 12-12-2015, 10:42 PM   #18
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I have a '74 Argosy 26'. Bought new axles from Inland RV. No modifications were required to the frame. There are 4 bolts per axle and 2 nuts per shock. At the time I was 65 years old, I replaced both axles working by myself in less than 8 hours.
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Old 12-13-2015, 02:26 AM   #19
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Based on age alone the axles need replacement or are living on borrowed time. Those 70s Henshen axles were more prone to deterioration than other years. The post above that says axles should have a 22 degree down angle. That is when the axles are unweighted. Will you have a catastrophic failure with bad axles? Probably not. The risk is the axles have lost their springiness and shock absorbing ability transferring road shock to the trailer causing damage. Take a short ride in the trailer down a rough road and see how it feels.

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