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Old 07-04-2021, 05:59 PM   #1
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1994 Excella Axle Replacements

Getting ready for the axle replacement on our 1994 Excella 25-ft. Decided to use this as a good time to upgrade the jack I had in the barn. This one is a 3-ton low-profile from Harbor Freight with the additional cross beam.

As you can see, a couple of modified tie-down straps and it's mighty easy to move the axles around. (Yes, I know they're upside down right now...)

The plan is to lift them onto the small dollies and strap them down on the dollies. This will allow us to slide them in from the side of the trailer into rough position. From there, we'll strap them back onto the floor jack like shown in the photo for lifting into place.

Given the state of my back, I'm really hoping that this all works out and that there doesn't need to be lots of cursing to make things fit.

We'll see.

Going to get to this as soon as the wiring project is done.
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Old 07-04-2021, 09:20 PM   #2
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Should work well. Good thinking.
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Old 07-26-2021, 04:37 PM   #3
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Just about to lift up the Excella and do the axle swap, and I've noticed a problem.

The rear bolt on both sides of the front axle mounting plate is pushed through from the outside to the inside, with the nut inside the frame. The belly pan over the tanks is only a couple of inches away from this bolt, and there is no way to get a socket on it.

Getting it off is not my concern - there are many ways to get a bolt off. Putting the new bolt on is my issue. (I'm open to any suggestions for getting the old ones off - they're essentially rusted on and won't budge at all.)

If there is adequate clearance between the swing arm of the axle and the end of the bolt, is there any reason I cannot put the new bolt into the hole from the other side? As in, with the nut on the outside of the frame?

From my initial measurements on the new axles, it does appear that the swing arm on the new axle is located a tad bit further out from mounting plate than the original, so I'm thinking that there should be more than enough clearance for the bolt.

Strange how the geometry on the new axle is slightly different. The mounting plates are the same distance apart, as are the wheel mounting surfaces on the hubs. But, the swing arms on the new axles sit just a tad closer to the backing plates than the old ones.

Hopefully there will not be a need to pull the belly pan from around the tanks. That was not anticipated and will certainly be a bit of a PITA if it's necessary.
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Old 07-28-2021, 06:09 PM   #4
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Harder than I thought...

Today I managed to get the old axels pulled. Only 8 bolts, but boy oh boy did it take forever. The two behind the fresh water tank were really tough - I had to cut the heads off them to get them out as there was no room for the impact driver on the nut side.

I pulled the drums and brakes off before pulling the axles to make it easier to get them out. Not sure how I'll get the new ones in there, as there is going to barely be enough clearance to get them under the belly pans. I really don't want to pull the drums from the new axles, so here's to hoping it fits!
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Old 07-28-2021, 07:44 PM   #5
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I replaced the three axles on my '94. Took it to a trailer manufacturing/repair shop. Best 8 hours of labour that I ever paid for!! They removed, installed and aligned the axles, and installed new shocks. A lot of things I do myself, but new axles is not one of them.
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Old 08-11-2021, 07:31 AM   #6
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Getting near the end of this project. Front axle is in place and torqued down, and now I'm just trying to get the rear axle aligned to the front one. Took forever to measure the front one from the tongue and get things adjusted - the rear is much easier since the measurement point is right there.

The carbide burr did a great job of enlarging the slot in the frame.

Got this pair of combo bottle jacks/jack stands for this project, and it made it so much easier. There is only one approved jack point, so I wasn't sure how I was going to put the jack stands in place if the bottle jack was blocking the lift point. These have a locking jack stand built in and made it simple - just raise up until the lock falls into place.

The yellow jack stand is there as a back up, just in case. You know, belt & suspenders.
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Old 08-11-2021, 03:01 PM   #7
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Axles are now installed!

Finally got this completed. Both axles are on Gertie and she is sitting level now. Took longer than anticipated, but nothing horrible happened along the way so all is good.
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And you know it’s done right. Nice!
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