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Old 11-23-2022, 09:01 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by BoyJeenyus View Post
Quick question: any reason not to just pull the front wheels up onto a ramp to unweight the back axle, replace the back axle, then repeat with the front one? Or is it necessary for some reason to jack the entire trailer up and do them both at once? The one-at-a-time option seems simpler as I imagine this replacement.

10Smiles, I did ship to a commercial address, but without a bay or anything. I have very easy access to one. I'm not sure what the shipping would have been to a private one.
The only reason I can think of is the alignment process. I triangulated each axle to the center point of the coupler socket, and then made sure that the axles were perfectly parallel to each other as well. It took quite a bit of back and forth to get everything within 1/16".

With one axle double loaded and the other unloaded I'd be concerned that the measurements were not accurate.
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Old 11-23-2022, 06:15 PM   #42
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Before dropping either axle I marked the position of the old axles. I didnít know enough at the time to check the original alignment. I simply copied the position of the previous installation. SFSG AFAIK. But only about 12k miles since the lift installation.
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Old 11-23-2022, 06:42 PM   #43
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I replaced both axles on my 76 Excella 500 2 years ago. I ordered mine through High Sky RV Parts and had a great experience using them. I know they have gotten a bad rep previously. Anyway, I just gave them the model of the trailer and they took care of everything else. Our unit had the old disc brakes that were no longer usable, and I ordered the EZ Lube axles with 12" electric brakes. I also ordered a lift kit. Axles took about 6 weeks to be delivered to the closest Redneck Trailer Supply dealer that was in Lincolnton, NC. Just a 3 hour drive for me. Here is my YouTube video on my axles and install.

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Old 12-10-2022, 06:31 PM   #44
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Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I replaced my old axles with the new ones today. It took 6ish hours--only had a helper for an hour or so of it, so it was slow going. As many here have reported, I did need to drill out the rear most lower hole on the new mounting brackets, as they didn't align with the old ones. All the others lined-up great. I also swapped out for some new Monroe shocks, as my old ones were shot.

I haven't had a chance to drive it yet, but I'm sure it'll be great. I did order a modest increase in weight rating for each axle, and went to a 32 degree angle. My old axles were shot enough that the arms rested at close to a 20 degree up angle! Sitting on these new ones, my trailer is at least 3" higher overall, which I'm very happy with--actually need the second step on my front door for the first time . I was completely satisfied with my experience ordering from Colin Hyde, and looking forward to many more years in my '86 32' excella.
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Old 12-11-2022, 04:40 PM   #45
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one last thing

last note: installing the new shocks worked fine with the old shock mounts--even with the 32 degree down angle--BUT it seemed like it wouldn't work while the axles were off the ground. Until I got the weight of the airstream back on the wheels, the arm interfered with the shock as it tried to hit the original shock post mount on the frame. Once the trailer weight was back on the wheels, it lines up with plenty of room to spare.
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