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Old 08-17-2012, 09:57 PM   #1
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My 31' 1971 as

its as mint as mint gets for all original condition, everything works. I got a steal on it at 2k as it needs nothing, what do you guys think its worth? how good of deal did i get?
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its as mint as mint gets for all original condition, everything works. I got a steal on it at 2k as it needs nothing, what do you guys think its worth? how good of deal did i get?
I'm not sure that your axles are OK, after 51 years, since they only last ball park 25 to 30 years.

How about window and door gaskets. and especially the sewer vent pipe cover gaskets that only last 2 to 3 years ?

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Old 08-17-2012, 10:10 PM   #3
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its as mint as mint gets for all original condition, everything works. I got a steal on it at 2k as it needs nothing, what do you guys think its worth? how good of deal did i get?
Sorry, I meant 41 years.

I'm a senior,so I can make mistakes.

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Old 08-17-2012, 10:50 PM   #4
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:57 PM   #5
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ill take A bunch inside and out tomoro
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Sorry, I meant 41 years.

I'm a senior,so I can make mistakes.

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Sorry, Andy, pulling the 'senior' card doesn't work for me.......either.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:05 PM   #7
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:07 PM   #9
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so there it is, no real damagae, no water damage, over all 8 out of 10 condition i would say, Whats it worth, I payed 2k for it the way it sits
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They worked Just Fine! Wow, while I do agree with Andy that you need new axles, the body and what I can see of the interior looks sweet!

It must have spent lots of time indoors, or it has been stripped, because I don't see any pealing of the clear coat at all.

Of course, with time you will find out for yourself about how good a deal you got; you can't see a lot of the things that may need done without looking closely and poking around a lot.

But leave it to say, you have one lovely looking trailer, congrats!
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:12 PM   #11
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thanks im gonna pull the wheels and bearing and inspect the axles this weekend, what should i look for, just normal wear?
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thanks im gonna pull the wheels and bearing and inspect the axles this weekend, what should i look for, just normal wear?
You don't need to pull any wheels to check the axles.

You should be able to see about 3 inches of the tires "above" the top of the wheels.

However, the following article will help give check them out very thoroughly.

The Dura-Torque Axle

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I would also jack up one side of the trailer and see how much the tire drops down.
The side profile shot of your trailer things look to be worn out but you need to do some checking.
If axles must be replaced my suggestion (not that you asked for it) is to skip the 22.5 degree down angle and go with a 32 or 35 degree down angle, what ever the axle manufacturer supplies.
Attached is a photo from a 1989 29' Excella. Granted there are differences in the wheel well shape but you should get the idea that this trailer stands up a little higher. This will help with ground clearance issues and the fact that most folks tow with pickup trucks which sit much higher off the ground that the tow vehicles of yesteryear.

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I would also jack up one side of the trailer and see how much the tire drops down.
The side profile shot of your trailer things look to be worn out but you need to do some checking.
If axles must be replaced my suggestion (not that you asked for it) is to skip the 22.5 degree down angle and go with a 32 or 35 degree down angle, what ever the axle manufacturer supplies.
Attached is a photo from a 1989 29' Excella. Granted there are differences in the wheel well shape but you should get the idea that this trailer stands up a little higher. This will help with ground clearance issues and the fact that most folks tow with pickup trucks which sit much higher off the ground that the tow vehicles of yesteryear.

That's more like it.

And, a higher degree of torsion arm angle, from original, is the way to go as well.

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can someone post a link to where i can get the best deal on axles
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can someone post a link to where i can get the best deal on axles
Make sure the axle dealer doesn't down size the brakes, from 12 inch to 10 inch, just to decrease the price.

Also, upgrading to something better than original, for your 31 footer, will cost a little more, but it will save you money in the long run.

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Old 08-24-2012, 06:34 AM   #17
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so tell what and where to order
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:57 AM   #18
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Andy can't tell you that as he's a dealer. But I can. Call Andy. He'll get you exactly what you need and have it dropped shipped to you from the factory. Simple bolt on replacement. Pricey, but easy to install and the axles will have 12 inch brakes. Send Andy a PM to get his phone number.
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