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Old 07-26-2013, 11:18 AM   #15
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RV Solutions is an Airstream dealer in San Diego. They have a service department that can take care of this. If not, the only other Airstream specialist is way up north (Long Beach) area. C & G Trailer Services.
Hi guys Abe the mobile repair guy came out yesterday. Highly recommend him. Looks like the nut was too tight or cross threaded. Since the original work was done in AZ I'm pretty much stuck with the bill. Lucky for me Abe's hrly rate is $30 cheaper than most shops!! And he comes to you!! Awesome!!
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Old 07-26-2013, 01:41 PM   #16
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I just got a call on my Classic. On the way up to the Moraine View rally I heard a high pitch squeal coming from one of the wheels. It quieted down and I haven't traveled since. Took the trailer to the local dealer and they just called telling me that a broken brake spring trashed the backing plate and also damaged the hub. Both are getting replaced. The bummer is that just over 2 1/2 years ago that same wheel had a backing plate fall apart which required replacement. No hub damage from that. Probably have 4,000 miles on the trailer since that last repair so it's pretty disappointing.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:53 PM   #17
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I just got a call on my Classic. On the way up to the Moraine View rally I heard a high pitch squeal coming from one of the wheels. It quieted down and I haven't traveled since. Took the trailer to the local dealer and they just called telling me that a broken brake spring trashed the backing plate and also damaged the hub. Both are getting replaced. The bummer is that just over 2 1/2 years ago that same wheel had a backing plate fall apart which required replacement. No hub damage from that. Probably have 4,000 miles on the trailer since that last repair so it's pretty disappointing.
Bummer!! Sorry to hear that.
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Old 07-26-2013, 06:44 PM   #18
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Not to change the thrust of the tread but a common cause of bearing failure is the fact that they are all to often put on TOO tight.

Tapered bearings require a little play. While tightening the castle nut you spin the wheel and run the nut in till just snug and then back it off about 1/8 of a turn. Afterwards you should be able to grab the wheel top and bottom and feel a slight movement as you attempt to wiggle the wheel. If there is No movement the bearing is TOO tight.

A common problem is the kids in many shops have not been taught how to set a bearing and you have an overheated hub while traveling.
Ask any mechanic how he does it. You will get completely different answers nearly every time. There is only one way to ensure there is proper axial movement of the bearings. That is to measure it with a dial indicator.
I check the axial movement (play) with a dial indicator. It should be between .001'-.010" I aim for .007"
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:18 PM   #19
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What a MESS!! After several days of contacting NUMEROUS people we have made a final decision! We are purchasing the Dexter Axle directly from Dexter of Indiana because Dexter of Ohio doesn't make the axle per Airstream specs.

Indiana will put a 48 hr rush order on the manufacturing of the axle. They will ship to me directly and the cost is only $30 more than Airstream of Los Angeles parts price!

As soon as the axle is received Abe the Mobile Mechanic will install along with repacking bearings and replacing breaks on the second axle. Labor will be performed at a price consistent with Airstream of Los Angeles.

** Note: Dexter manufacturing plant said it would be less expensive to go through a local distributor but this wasn't the case. Do your homework and make several calls because each shop charges different prices and some will not order per Airstream specs.
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Just a thought if you need to replace brakes. After ordering my new axles from Axis, and getting complete new brake assemblies, I found that I couldn't get them adjusted properly. I ended up taking them off and buying six Dexter Nev-R-Adjust brake assemblies. It made a huge difference.

When I replace the axles on our new to us 1970 it will be with the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust.

You may be able to get a better price if they are ordered with the new axle.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:11 PM   #21
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are the breaks nev-r-adjusting? do you have to buy the axle that way in order to get the breaks that way? im confused.

thanks for clarifying this for me
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:44 PM   #22
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When I had my bearings packed after I first bought my used '02 Classic, they apparently didn't use the AS seals, just cheap ones. While they were kinked in installation, I was lucky. When I did the next packing, I had a friend do them in my driveway and I had ordered a complete set of seals from AS. The seals from AS are 10 times better than the cheap ones most RV outfits use. I highly suggest you get the seals from AS directly, they are very much better. I also changed out the whole brake assembly on my front brakes, also from AS.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:23 PM   #23
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The Dexter Nev-R-Adjust are a bolt on, no-mod replacement to the old stock brakes and need to be ordered to match your specific axle size. Always do both sides of the axle together. They can be acquired new (faceplate assembly and magnet) for a cost similar to or cheaper than rebuilding springs, shoes, etc., of the old. Bolt on and connect electrics when you repack the bearings. Good to go.
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SeeMore is correct. In your case, I would order a set with the new axle, and a second set for the axle which will stay on the trailer. Then all your brakes will be exactly the same with the same wear, etc. They self adjust each time you apply the breaks with forward motion (not like the old car ones where you had to be in reverse)
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are the breaks nev-r-adjusting? do you have to buy the axle that way in order to get the breaks that way? im confused.

thanks for clarifying this for me
The never adjust is just another excuse not to check the brakes.

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Wow, I am sure glad I have been reading this forum on problems and how to avert them. This morning I pulled off my hubs to check bearings for the upcoming SW trip next month, anyways I found "China" bearings with 2 colors of grease and some rust build-up ( I assume from sitting for a time), I have since ordered good bearings and races and will install them this afternoon and wont worry about that on our trip, so thanks to all of you that already had this problem, my message would be If you dont know, pull the hubs for your own piece of mind.
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So it turns out that ordering the axle directly from the manufacturer is cheaper than going through the local distributor. The local distributor also mentioned that they could not order the part per Airstream specs?? Huh??

Got the part last Friday and waiting to get it installed so I can have her on the road again. Thanks you all for your support comments and suggestions.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:25 AM   #28
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Hi guys Abe the mobile repair guy came out yesterday. Highly recommend him. Looks like the nut was too tight or cross threaded. Since the original work was done in AZ I'm pretty much stuck with the bill. Lucky for me Abe's hrly rate is $30 cheaper than most shops!! And he comes to you!! Awesome!!
Hi Silverwheels,

Last Wednesday, Abe (RV Mobile Service 2U) came out and cleaned and repacked our bearings, and cleaned, inspected and adjusted our brakes.

We were very impressed with his knowledge, experience, and work.

Good luck with your axle replacement and getting on the road again!

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