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Old 06-11-2014, 09:00 PM   #1
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Replacement Axle source?

We are trying to purchase new Dura Torque axles for our 1968 Tradewind. Unfortunately, filling out an online request for price and availability and leaving two phone messages at Inland has left us dead in the water.

What options do we have for sourcing the axles? Is there any hope of getting them shipped to us in the next two weeks?

Frustrated.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:09 PM   #2
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Try Colin Hyde. He will take care of you. Two weeks is a little ambitious though. Usually takes about four. Good luck.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:14 PM   #3
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Thank you. We started trying to order about 2 weeks ago so we'd have them by the end of June. Oh well, getting out this summer is getting slimmer.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:16 PM   #4
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Thank you. We started trying to order about 2 weeks ago so we'd have them by the end of June. Oh well, getting out this summer is getting slimmer.
You'll get there! :-)
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:22 AM   #5
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Axels

Just finished ordering from Colin and the lead time is accurate. However I needed professional help. (My wife and my doc all agree that I need professional help. I can go off medication about 60 days after the Stream is finished.) Redneck Axels in Sulphur Springs , TX quoted that an order placed on or before Thursday of each week would be shipped the next week. You need to know what you need because if you mess up it's all yours.
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:51 AM   #6
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Another vote for Colin - he took care of me, but two weeks is probably impossible.
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:22 AM   #7
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Colin Hyde

I pick up mine tomorrow. Took almost 4 weeks. He was a pleasure to deal with!

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Old 06-12-2014, 11:23 AM   #8
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Colin Hyde got an axle to me in about three weeks. Part of this was pure luck as to the manufacture date, and part was due to Colin's help expediting the shipping. Very satisfied with his excellent service!
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:42 PM   #9
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Another vote for Colin. We just installed axles on "74" Overlander. Colin is most helpful and promptly responds to calls and emails. About 4 weeks for axles but they fit without any modifications.

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Old 06-12-2014, 12:50 PM   #10
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What about in Canada? Maybe Colin has some north connections?
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:44 PM   #11
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What about in Canada? Maybe Colin has some north connections?
Colin is actually a fellow Canadian who moved to New York State about a dozen years ago. Based on having met him at Alumapalooza a few weeks ago I can tell you that he is an excellent and trusted resource. It would be worth some effort on your part to work with him rather than some clerk on an 800#.

I'm sure he can get an axle to a Canadian address just as easily as a US one. In any event, he is in Platsburgh NY area which is not too far from most of the population centers in Ontario. If there were shipping issues, you might just head on over to get it yourself.
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Old 06-12-2014, 03:45 PM   #12
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I must say I had no problem reaching Inland RV, in fact they were really good about following up with me on a parts order and Andy was very responsive. We are pending purchase and luckily will be in his area in a couple of weeks and will pick up our axles to save on shipping.
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:43 PM   #13
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We are trying to purchase new Dura Torque axles for our 1968 Tradewind. Unfortunately, filling out an online request for price and availability and leaving two phone messages at Inland has left us dead in the water.

What options do we have for sourcing the axles? Is there any hope of getting them shipped to us in the next two weeks?

Frustrated.
If you call Colin Hyde he has all measurements all you have to tell him what AS you have & frgt. charges from midwest to you are a lot less than from California, It will be simple install w/no mods.
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:41 AM   #14
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Inland contacted us just after your posts and we have ordered the axles. Thanks for the help.

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Old 06-13-2014, 12:49 PM   #15
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Just a tip on changing the axles, I was 70 when I did mine and had a 60 year old neighbor help. We could not get the old nuts to move, called inland, talked to a tech, he said drill a 1/4 hole in the side of the nut, it works, nut cracks and comes right off. Used a floor jack to remove/install axles, worked
great. Biggest problem was swinging the torque wrench under the camper, we were on earth so had to dig some holes to get 140 ft lbs. One of us pulled on the wrench while the other pushed it with his feet, til we heard the click!!! LOL
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:39 PM   #16
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I was 65 when I changed mine out on our 78 Sovereign 31', I got my 35 year old nephew to do all the heavy lifting.

It took us about 8 hours from start to finish over two days. Day 1 we got the axles out and the rear one installed, day 2 did the front axle.

I was worried about alignment and shock supports etc. I could have saved myself a lot of worry. It was a relatively straight forward, bolt on, bolt off procedure.

I was glad I had George to help, I don't have that upper body strength anymore to bust those nuts loose.

I got axles from Inland RV, drop shipped to redneck here in SGF.

I am very satisfied with the service I got from Inland.

We changed one axle at a time, rolling the trailer up on two of those things used to change dual axle trailer tires. I did not want to have the trailer sitting on jack stands with george and I under it. I knew a guy who did that ..... RIP friend. Worst part was his son was helping him when the jack stand failed.

Anyhow, trailer rides about 3" higher and has a more aggressive stance. The old axles were flat or had negative angle. George scrapped them out and got 35
bucks for them. I gave George $160 for helping me and he was worth it.

I took the trailer out for a loop around SGF and it seems to pull just fine. I was able to raise my hitch head also which elimates the scraping when I pull in the driveway.
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Replacement Axle source?

Two words,,,,,,

"Impact wrench"

Seriously, it makes dealing with those bolts a lot easier.
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When ordering make sure the bolt hole pattern is the same on the new as the old.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:34 AM   #19
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Two words,,,,,,

"Impact wrench"

Seriously, it makes dealing with those bolts a lot easier.
The impact wrench I had wasn't strong enough to bust loose the bolts holding the axle to the frame. They'd been on there since 1978. lol
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:43 AM   #20
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Two more words: Flame Wrench.

And more importantly: Six words: Friend that knows what he is doing.
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