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Old 02-01-2018, 09:25 AM   #1
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Replace axles and shocks

Hello all. Getting our 1987 33' Argosy road ready and feel like I better replace the shocks. (they look original) bushings are cracked etc. Shocks are not leaking as far as I can tell.
I understand the axles have to be removed to be able to replace the shocks. This is a 2 axel trailer. Replace the axels at the same time?

I need your thoughts on this issue if you have done this, what kind of shocks, what type axels etc. New Wheel bearings last summer.

also, any ideas on cost of axles and shocks.

Thanks so much. You all are the best in sharing do's and don'ts and brands to consider and to stay away from.

This is a budgeted item for us.
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Old 02-01-2018, 10:20 AM   #2
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Axles do not need to be removed to replace shocks. If may be a bit difficult to replace the shocks as the mounting may need to be bent a little to make the replacement possible.

As to brand, if you have a shock that is more or less horizontal then there is only one source. And Airstream dealer or Airstream. There is so little volume in these shocks no one else carries them because of the mounting. And in case you have the question as to why they did that .... to create more internal room inside the trailer.

Horizontally mounted shocks require different kind valving internally because the fluid inside follows gravity and is in a different place than a vertical mounted shock.

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A Dexter axle with 12" electric brakes should cost about $675 each plus shipping.
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:45 PM   #4
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I was just talking to Colin Hyde. He said they just use Monroe RV shocks, part number 555003. I asked about it being a horizontal mount and was told that's what they use.
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Old 08-05-2018, 01:34 PM   #5
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A Dexter axle with 12" electric brakes should cost about $675 each plus shipping.
Shipping is free from Dexter if you can pick up at a Dexter dealer. They have dealers scattered all over. Google Dexter. Their web site has all their dealers names, addresses and phone numbers. I live in upstate SC and picked mine up at Redneck in Lincolnton, NC. Redneck loaded them in my utility trailer. Took 10 minutes, one signature and I was on my way.
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