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Old 02-21-2010, 01:52 AM   #15
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It was fine with the Husky hitch and even when connected to the ball/no equalizer. So now I need new hitch AND axels? Bought the metal pin to hold the sway bars on the Husky but there's nothing like hearing a equalizer bar dragging on concrete. At least this other hitch the bars lock in from the top and it probably weighs 10 pounds less than the Husky. It just doesn't have any vertical height adjustment to lower it.
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:27 AM   #16
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Just when I slip into comfortable complacency that everything that is necessary to be done has. The aluminum god hits me up the side of my head with an equalizer bar softly whispering in my good ear "you ain't done yet dummy".

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Well said. Hopefully Axels are the end of the road on the big ticket repairs. Oly haven't replaced AC or water heater, yet.
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:13 PM   #18
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Here is a pic of the hitch.
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Old 02-21-2010, 04:04 PM   #19
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Here is a pic of the hitch.
Looks like you have a Reese ball mount, that also includes a small ball for a "friction type sway control".

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Old 02-22-2010, 12:15 AM   #20
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So the hitch can't drop lower with this rig, but the real problem is that the trailer is low in the back due to bad axels? When i had brakes replaced last summer the repair place seemed to think the axels were ok.
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:26 AM   #21
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So the hitch can't drop lower with this rig, but the real problem is that the trailer is low in the back due to bad axels? When i had brakes replaced last summer the repair place seemed to think the axels were ok.
You can easily check the axles out yourself.

Read the axle article in Airstream Central, which is a part of this Forums. That will make you an "expert".

Unfortunately, most shops do not know how to check out a torsion axle, even some Airstream dealers are a member of that group.

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Seems to me, Iíd get the hitch setup up correctly first then start looking at maybe a bad axle.
There are many threads on this subject of which Andy has added much value. If the ball height and pitch angle are not correct, youíre starting off wrong before you get out of the gate. It should be 19.5 inches for that trailer give/take if you still have the original down angle (22.5)
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464/hitch-ball-height-49774.html
Get that corrected first.
If thereís still a problem after correcting that problem, look at the axles. Iím not saying you may not need axles just donít put the cart before the horse.
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Paul.

Airstream's published "ball heights" is some what misleading.

Those dimensions are for a brand new trailer, with zero pay load.

As the trailer ages (axles) that dimension changes.

As the pay load changes, so does the ball height.

The only way to determine what the ball height dimension is to measure each individual trailer, when loaded, ready for travel.

If the axles are ok, then that's the ball height.

If the axles are not ok, then the ball height will be lower, because of that issue.

Ball heights vary from year to year, and trailer to trailer.

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Old 02-22-2010, 10:30 AM   #24
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In looking at you pic's what I see is a normal height TV and Axles that are shot on the trailer. The edge of the rims are at the same level as the wheelwell openings. I had the same problem with our 77 Overlander ,I had to use a 4" drop in the receiver to get the hitch low enough to make the trailer level. DO NOT buy a 4" drop to compensate.
I did have to replace my axles,because I began popping rivets in the skin around the wheel well area and also inside the trailer. After I replaced the axles I was able to stop using the drop, new axles raised the rear of the trailer at least 4" and the trailer even on the 1 ton it rides level.
Im sorry to have to convey this bad news.I highly recommend that you bite the bullet and spring for OEM(HENSHEN) axles. I know they are very expensive,but they are ordered by your serial number and will fit exactly. Trust me I been there and done that. Oh I also install them myself and Im 70 yrs young,
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Axle Replacement

Thanks Roger for the advice and I'll take on the replacement process. Seems like it's been said before on some thread (probably by Andy) that any 70's trailer regardless of condition will have bad axels if they haven't been replaced. So far the trailer is very tight and no rivet problems and I plan to keep it that way. It seems like there are a lot of differences in the level of service on RV repair companies, heck, even at an Airstream rally you can get three different views on how to fix one up. Will look for some help here in Houston on the install to make sure she's done right.
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Wheels and hubs

So as I was looking at the underside of the trailer the backside of the hub (the thing the wheel mounts on) looks like brand new. Am I just seeing the new brake shoes I had put on last summer or is it the hub that mounts to the axle? Will try to get some clarification by a photo, but before I spend the big bucks on the axles need some clarification. Also seems I should take a picture of the trailer as it sits level unhitched for you eagle eyes to let me know axle condition. Wouldn't that be a better bay to tell short of jacking the trailer up and measuring the "drop"?
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So as I was looking at the underside of the trailer the backside of the hub (the thing the wheel mounts on) looks like brand new. Am I just seeing the new brake shoes I had put on last summer or is it the hub that mounts to the axle? Will try to get some clarification by a photo, but before I spend the big bucks on the axles need some clarification. Also seems I should take a picture of the trailer as it sits level unhitched for you eagle eyes to let me know axle condition. Wouldn't that be a better bay to tell short of jacking the trailer up and measuring the "drop"?
Also do the "jack up one side" test, and see if the tires drop about 3 inches.

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