Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-01-2020, 03:25 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
1990 29' Excella
San Antonio , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2020
Posts: 13
Axles & brackets 1990 29' Excella

I am the new owner of a 1990 29' Excella that is in 'project' condition. I am literally starting at the ground up with axles as the first thing I want to do to enable safe towing to the rehab site about 60 miles away.

This is a tandem axle with original Henschen 3200# axles. They have adopted a set from lack of use and have a slightly upward start angle. As far as I can tell the shocks are also original. It's time for them to get replaced. Wheels are also original 15" steel with 4" center bore and new(er) GY Endurance with 2017 date stamp.

I've read a lot of threads about (relatively) easy bolt-in-with Dexter axles but have not seen a detailed-with-pics DIY/how-to. A concern is that there seems to be a requirement to notch the OEM Airstream frame bolt hole to align with a Dexter stock bracket, as long as you get the most appropriate bracket to start with.

Problems: a 3500# #10 axle seems to be the best load match, but a #11 bracket seems to be the best fit, using the Dexter applications guide. This thread was quite useful and the measurements to my brackets are close.https://www.airforums.com/forums/f43...ck-174814.html

Comparing the #10 bracket to the #11, a #11 seems the way to go and keeps the center of the wheel close to spec. Can/should I order a downrated #11 since the guide shows 4100 as the floor, or is 3500 rating available on a #11 as noted elsewhere?

On my Excella, dimension E is 11", C is 9 5/16", J is 2", and B is 3 1/4", all using steel ruler, tape measure and/or caliper so there's some eyeball error there.

The data for the #10 bracket would move the wheel forward. It's like AS used a #10 tube (~2.62 square) in a #11 bracket (11" long, ~9.5 on center for bolts & ).

Opinions on axle and/or source? Dexter direct, local retailer, AS-specialty retailer? Reading some reviews and watching videos, it seems even the specialty retailers can require drilling or notching.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	dexter #11 bracket.PNG
Views:	18
Size:	210.0 KB
ID:	374586   Click image for larger version

Name:	Dexter #10 bracket.PNG
Views:	14
Size:	178.2 KB
ID:	374589  

joe_in_SAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Shock brackets inland RV axles Scott P. Axles 20 11-14-2016 05:38 AM
Axles Axles Axles GeocamperAS Axles 33 11-20-2015 01:01 PM
New axles and shock Brackets theOrca Axles 25 03-18-2015 11:10 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:04 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.