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Old 06-26-2004, 12:46 PM   #1
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As of June 26th, 10:30 am, California time, there are about 21 Airstream or Argosy trailers for sale on E-bay.

They range from 1961 to 2004 models.

Of these 21 trailers, 14 of them need axles, up to and including the 2004 model. Some have very clever photo's so as not not show any more of the axle area than necessary.

Makes one wonder how good of a deal, "you really get" on E-bay.

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Old 06-26-2004, 03:12 PM   #2
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How could a 2004 need an axle already? Defective?
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Old 06-26-2004, 03:22 PM   #3
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Tremendously overloaded, for a period of time, will do it everytime.

You don't load 3000 pound axles up to 4 or 5 thousand pounds, and park it.

But, somepeople do.

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Old 06-26-2004, 05:08 PM   #4
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If your referring to the Bambi - it also has a reciever hitch on the back - BIG no no in my view....... Besides toasting the axle, frame could be toast.

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Old 06-27-2004, 02:30 PM   #5
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Great catch.

That hitch receiver on the rear end of that 2004 Bambi, spells many possible problems.

Yet, someone has bid over $12,000.00 for it.

Hopefully, they have enough money to get the necessary repairs done as well.

I think the big point here is that all too many times, the (innocent) seller (?) cons a very innocent buyer into nothing but trouble.

E-bay should come up with an insurance program that has an escape clause, when a person gets stung.

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Old 06-27-2004, 04:37 PM   #6
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Good call

I am getting ready to put the Overlander up for sale on Ebay. There are electrical issues that I haven't been able to figure out. My auntie financier wants me to keep the issues to a minimum. Honestly, I don't know if it has any other issues than electric, because I can't test the systems.

The one thing that I DO know is that the breaks and axle are good. That was the first thing I had checked out. The electrical continues to leave me confused.


Hoping to get out of it at least what we've sunk into it.... not out to screw anyone....???


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Ron.

What's the electric issue on the 76?

Perhaps I can help you.

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Andy.That is an intriguing post.How can you tell from a photo that an Airsteam needs a new axle?I ask as I am not up on this and am about to travel 700 miles to look at a 76 excella 500 before closing the deal.
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Andy.That is an intriguing post.How can you tell from a photo that an Airsteam needs a new axle?I ask as I am not up on this and am about to travel 700 miles to look at a 76 excella 500 before closing the deal.
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Run a board search on "axles" it basically has to do with the amount of tire showing in the wheel well. The more tire the better the axle. IIRC the top of the wheel well should be just at the top of the tire or no more than a few finger widths covering the edge of the tire. If all you see is rim the axles are toast.

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Run a board search on "axles" it basically has to do with the amount of tire showing in the wheel well. The more tire the better the axle. IIRC the top of the wheel well should be just at the top of the tire or no more than a few finger widths covering the edge of the tire. If all you see is rim the axles are toast.

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I have been trying to post a picture of the wheel area of the trailer I have under option for your comment.No success yet but here goes again.If picture comes up would you knowlegeable folk comment on likelyhood of axle replacement.
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One thing I have noticed that we are doing is comparing wheel wells that are designed different. The last post has a newer style that is actual up higher then say my 1972. So this is not a good comparison. I will also attach two other pictures to this post. Look at my personal photo directory here.

If you look at my photo's My tire is up in the wheel well. However I will tell you that I have had my axle inspected. With normal loading I am sitting at a neutral or level. You are allowed up to 5 degrees before you can truly say there is a failure. (I would like to have it at a downward angle but I would also like to have a new trailer.) I have seen brochures that are of brand new trailers in that model year and there might be about 1 inch of tire showing above mine.

As for the 2004 unit the wheel well trim on that particular unit does sit lower then say a classic trailer by Design. So I would hesitate saying it was bad unless you would have indeed look at it personally.
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Suck it up, GET UNDERNEATH!!

One of our Forum members has the signature, "suck it up, spend the bucks, do it right the first time!"

Alter that to, "If you're gonna spend the bucks, do it right! Don't stand there taking photos, go underneath your potential new "home" and LOOK AT THE AXLES!" It's worth the little bit of dirt and you'll be getting to know your rig a little bit.

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Connie.

If you had been folowing this thread you would know:

[1]I am 700 miles away from the prospective purchase and so cannot get under the trailer.

[2] I am trying to find out what to look for when I am able to get under the trailer.

Have learned from many posters here but find yours more than a bit trite.
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Connie has the right idea, just mis- placed in this particular thread. Lets keep it constructive!
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