View Poll Results: Axle Replacement by year....
'60-'69 vintage - Replaced them 26 16.67%
'60-'69 vintage - Need to replace them 20 12.82%
'60-'69 vintage - My axle(s) are fine 12 7.69%
'70-'79 vintage - Replaced them 24 15.38%
'70-'79 vintage - Need to replace them 25 16.03%
'70-'79 vintage - My axle(s) are fine 32 20.51%
'80-'89 vintage - Replaced them 0 0%
'80-'89 vintage - Need to replace them 1 0.64%
'80-'89 vintage - My axle(s) are fine 10 6.41%
I don't know... 6 3.85%
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Old 09-15-2005, 04:49 PM   #41
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What about older trailers? My '58 still has the original axle and leaf springs, and they are fine!
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Ernie, the big issue is with the torsion axles. Your 58 still has leaf springs and a solid axle. It does not ride as well as the torsion axle, but tends to last longer.
It is also more difficult to determine when the springs require replacement. Very generally, if the springs are very rusty, have broken leaves, or the rubber bushings are worn out, they need to be rebuilt or replaced. Also, if the springs seem to be sagging, they should be replaced.
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:00 PM   #42
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Thumbs down breaking things

How to KNOW you have a bad axle:

The door shelves in the fridge break. I thought things were marginal (slight positive angle on the torsion arm) but acceptable, because the trailer towed great. However, after finding several things broken from what appeared to be vertical loads, I couldn't ingnore the axle any longer. Some of you might have noticed that plastic 2.5 gal water bottles leaking after a long drive--it's from the slam they are taking on every pothole.

It is amazing how fast one can go from "fat, dumb, and happy" to "panicked" as the light dawns.
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:39 PM   #43
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Axles are the backbone of your trailer

My axles have been replaced with Dexter Axles all new backing plates and drums and was switched from hydralic to electric
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:46 PM   #44
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How to KNOW you have a bad axle:...It is amazing how fast one can go from "fat, dumb, and happy" to "panicked" as the light dawns.
You may very well have a bad axle. But running gear imbalance will do the same things even if your axle is new.

So will towing with the wrong tongue weight or spring bars not matched to your tow vehicle.
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:48 PM   #45
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.. and drums and was switched from hydralic to electric
Do you mean "switched from vacuum to electric"? I thought the latest fad was hydraulic.
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Do you mean "switched from vacuum to electric"? I thought the latest fad was hydrauli

Hydraulic trailer brakes are what most people are switching from to have electric brakes. when you apply your brakes the brake controler sends a signal to the hydraulic pump motor which was located front center of trailer, then starts to run to build hydraulic pressure to apply your trailer brakes, which then you could adjust amount of brake application at your brake controller, there was never vacuum on this modle..
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