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Old 03-31-2004, 08:48 PM   #15
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 03-31-2004, 09:05 PM   #16
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...the axle should be a torsion type, that is the springs consist of hardened rubber inside a steel tube. ...
Your unit looks great, have fun! I'm not sure if the hardened rubber 'torsion' axles were used 'back then'. You most likely have some kind of leaf-spring (possibly w/shock absorbers) suspension. On those type, the wheel spindles were welded to a 'dead'/solid axle-externally sprung. There is a wealth of info here, tap it! If replacement is in order, I'd look into a Dexter. I had a complete 'fatigue' failure on an older (circa '69) leaf-spring trailer while on the road, not fun!
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Old 03-31-2004, 09:54 PM   #17
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I'm not sure if the hardened rubber 'torsion' axles were used 'back then'.
Yes, they were...Maxwell has them and he's a '64. I believe '61 was the first year the Dura-Torque Axles were used instead of leaf springs.

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Old 03-31-2004, 11:25 PM   #18
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The axle is a torsion type as described above by argosy20...just like like my 65 Globetrotter.

You don't want to try to seal all the seams at this time. Only after ruling out the following:
  • Start looking first at the plumbing roof vents. The seals might have just dried up and need replacing.
  • Next look at the roof fresh air vents.
  • Then check around the windows or the window seals themselves.
  • Check around the fresh water tank filler in the front. Mine had no sealing left
  • Check around the water heater. A very common source for leaks.
  • The TV antennae mount in the front.
Look at the hitch yoke were the trailer wiring feeds into the steel. It was very common for water to travel along the cable inside and rust out the bottom.
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Old 03-31-2004, 11:38 PM   #19
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Thanks Bobby, great info. So the torsion axle is better than the leaf spring, if I'm understanding correctly. Don't replace the axle unless necessary?

I will go over all the various places you suggested. But as a rule you don't seal the seams unless you're having leak problems? I don't think I have any leaks I was thinking of it as a sort of preventitive maintanence.


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A torsion axle may or not be better than a leaf-spring. Torsions are lighter and they do last a long time.

Spring leafs can be "resprung" $.
Torsion axles have to be replaced. $$$$

www.Inlandrv.com has a good document about determining whether yours has failed.
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Old 04-05-2004, 10:23 PM   #21
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Hi Kat - and welcome to the neat world of Streaming. Peter and I just got our 69 Globetrotter this February. Yours looks great - not much to do nice and clean.

Where abouts in Ontario did you find her? (you mean we may not have had to travel all the way to Louisiana to get ours...)

Have fun with all the refit - and don't worry you are not the only one who has become obsessed with your A/S - I spend more time thinking and working on ours over anything else!!! ....and a lot of time is spent here - it is a wealth of knowledge and great ideas.
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We got it near Niagra on the Lake. I found a listing online and called and it was available. I so excited we towed it home Saturday. Read Take the good with the bad thread. You'll read all about the door incident.
Glad I'm not the only one who is constantly thinking about my AS.

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