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Old 06-16-2007, 11:27 PM   #1
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Bought a 1980 31' last fall. Parked it in a barn out of the Texas weather in order to baseline all the systems. A little maintenance work is underway in sort of an installment program. Wife and I are retired but not quite used up. Rebuilt the water pump which was leaking and I am planning to install a hot water heater bypass when I go back in with the pump. Need to fix a few leak caused minor issues. My main concerns are the axles and how to best check the viability of the torsion springs. My intuition votes that they need replacing but how can you tell for sure. Any ideas would be appreciated. Previous owner towed with a Dodge 3/4 ton heavy duty PU and popped a few rivets inside and shook up stuff pretty good. I have an F-350 Heavy duty dually with a Utility Flat Bed which will be even rougher unless it has a few thousand pounds of cargo. Lots of good info on this forum but a little tricky to navigate. Another good source of info for me has been the West Marine Catalog. Amazing book, sort of an upscale Grangers's Catalog which is also quite informative. Not pluggng products but I am pugging the info. Ultimate goal is to haul the trailer to Colorado Crested Butte /Taylor river area to use as a base for fishing. By the way, I have found both the dealer in Dublin TX, and and the dealer in Weatherford TX very helpful.
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:35 PM   #2
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Hi Pecan,
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I would suggest a search under axles or axle replacement, you'll surely get some good info. There is a lot of info here that is sometimes hard to dig out, keep at it. In the meantime, someone else may answer your question for you.
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:50 PM   #3
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Popped rivets is good evidence that the axles are worn. Another is they are 27 years old. They are not difficult to replace. As to the plumbing you may consider replacing the copper with pex. Lot's of guidence thru the different Search categories. If you can't find an answer.....ask. Someone here will have done what you need to know about. Welcome.
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:59 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forums! I concur, replace the axles! But before you go to the expense, be sure you perform a thorough check of all systems and such. Make a list of safety items, potential damage (leaks, etc.) items to repair, and upgrade items... give yourself a little time to be sure all is in good working order. The axles are a safety item in my book!

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Thanks to all for the advice and encouragement. I am slowly working though the systems and I think I know how to gather more info on the axles by lifting the trailer to see if there is movement of the wheels in the axles. Will perform this check and advise results.
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