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Old 06-14-2013, 11:01 PM   #1
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New axles installed today

Got my new axles installed. just under 4 hours, me and my mechanic buddy, with air tools. Another friend showed up to help a bit as well. It was painless for us, they fit perfect, and the old ones came right out I got 3 or so inches ride hight improvement, and the old ones were surely worn out. Just in time because I leave for Va and WV on Wendsday. Cheers John
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:55 PM   #2
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John,
Thanks for the report. I have this task ahead of me this year too once I complete some other work.

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Old 06-15-2013, 05:31 AM   #3
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thanks

I PB Blasted the old mounting bolts for months before I did the job, they all came right out, that's the first smart thing I did on this job! MPJ
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Where did you get the axles? What kind of axles? Were they shipped to you or did you pick them up. There is a trailer supply business near me but I don't know if their torsion axels are the same as airstream originals. I would appreciate any info. I would also like to know if I could replace with axels that have disc brakes.
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I also have this task ahead of me. I will be ordering my axles through Inland R.V. Hopefully i can get them ordered, shipped, and installed before my trip to Michigan at the end of July.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:15 PM   #6
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Where did you get the axles? What kind of axles? Were they shipped to you or did you pick them up. There is a trailer supply business near me but I don't know if their torsion axels are the same as airstream originals. I would appreciate any info. I would also like to know if I could replace with axels that have disc brakes.
Torsion axles are torsion axles.

If they are properly ordered to fit your trailer, you can add electric brakes, self adjusting electric brakes or disc brakes.

A word of caution if you decide on discs. Some wheels will not fit unless you add some shims, because of the wheel design.

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Old 06-16-2013, 08:46 PM   #7
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Axles

They came from Inland RV, got them sent to my work (business, have forklift, save a little $) and are Axis axles with the elec drum brakes. I belive they took 3 weeks or so to ship I ordered them after X-mas and got them in mid Jan. (2012) I would like to thank Andy and his staff for good service and thier knowledge. AND the forums so I had an idea of what to expect in the job. Good luck in your replacments.

One thing we did iinstalling the new axles was to mount the shocks on the mounts before install. Then we used two creepers to slide the axles under the AS. Them we got close enough to mount the shocks to the frame. Then using the floor jack we were able to raise (at the same time the axles turned)the axles up into place,1,2,3, in. Then we used lady's feet to keep the first holes lined up and the second holes were lined up. A lady's foot is a tappered steel rod with a hook on the end FWI.

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Thanks to Andy at Inland, and thanks to moparjohn for the quick and helpful information.
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