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Old 06-29-2004, 04:53 PM   #15
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The axles on that trailer look reasonably OK. However, I don't know if the trailer is up on blocks, which would make bad axles look good. Also I cannot tell what load is in the trailer when those photo's were made. That could make a difference as well.

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Click on articles, the click on the "Dura-torque" axle article.

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Old 06-29-2004, 04:55 PM   #16
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It think its hard to determine from looking at a picture unless you can't see the top of the wheel. I think that's what Andy is looking at. In your case it your wheels look a little on the low side which would indicate a worn axle.

Look at which is Andy's site and it will explain what to look for - basically there is a swing arm that is attached to the frame and also to the wheel - looks kinda like a bone - if the arm is pointing up from the frame, good chance its worn. Another test I like, is if there is anyway you can find a new Airstream dealer near you is go inside a new unit - get the feel of what it should feel like and see what the unit you are looking at feels like. If you can't go into a new trailer I would still bounce around it - should not be stiff. Another question I would ask the owner is how much the unit gets used - a sitting trailer (like most of us) will get stiff if its not used.

If you can get the owner to e-mail you a picture of the swing arm that might save you a 700 mile trip.

Having said all that, I would just figure the unit needs a new axle and figure that into the cost of the unit - I think new axles brings up the trailer to basically a brand new unit - especially if you buy all new brakes/bearings etc.

Keep in mind a worn axle will not prevent it from being towed nor will if fall apart on the highway - just make for a rough ride on the trailer.


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Old 06-29-2004, 05:40 PM   #17
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Ken and Andy. Thanks for your replies.
Andy.I believe the trailer was loaded for a weekend and it was attached to the tow vehicle at side of road when photo done.Do not think it was on blocks.

Researching these threads leads me to believe the photo indicates axles not in need of immediate attention.

Thanks to this thread I now know better what to look for and will do so at inspection on Saturday
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Old 06-29-2004, 07:19 PM   #18
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You might want to check out the thread "So you want to buy a unit three states away" in the Community Section. There may be someone in the neighborhood that could help you out inspecting the unit before you hand over your hard earned $$$$$$$$$.


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