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Old 05-17-2007, 08:34 AM   #1
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Anticipating getting the Perris Pacer (no, there's no word yet - just getting my ducks in a row), can anybody recommend a good shop for axle and/or frame work in Orange County up through Long Beach?

I live down down south and work in L.B. - so all of it works.

Thanks!
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Old 05-17-2007, 08:45 AM   #2
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Anticipating getting the Perris Pacer (no, there's no word yet - just getting my ducks in a row), can anybody recommend a good shop for axle and/or frame work in Orange County up through Long Beach?

I live down down south and work in L.B. - so all of it works.

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Carol, maybe Redneck Trailer Supplies? A number of folks have used them and have been satisfied: Redneck Trailer
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:07 AM   #3
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Donna - Do you know if Redneck does the actual work? I guess that is what I'm confused about... for some reason I had the impression they sold the axles but didn't have the welding guys...
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Old 05-17-2007, 12:15 PM   #4
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Carol, you may not need a welder. The old stuff may be bolted on. If so a new axle can be a 30 minute R & R job.

Gina D. and Lauren have used a guy in the Corona area to do some work for them. You might want to avoid RV places (too expensive) and try welding shops and horse trailer repair places.

The guys out at Redneck in Mira Loma are really nice.
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Old 05-17-2007, 01:01 PM   #5
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yup - someone who isn't afraid to weld around fiberglass and wouldn't light the trailer on fire would be my preference...

and Corona is just over the hill from me.
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Old 05-18-2007, 12:02 AM   #6
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Hi Carol,

When I refer to "my welder" it's these guys

T&T Welding
1525 Hamner Ave
Norco, CA
(951) 735-4745

They specialize in horse trailers, and the owner is a certified aluminum welder with FAA certs. I trust them with anything that has to do with trailers and metal. Even if there is no welding involved, an axle is a walk in the park for them. That's what they do.. trailer running gear and frames.

Tell them Gina the Burro Lady sent you!
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Old 05-18-2007, 04:56 AM   #7
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Carol,
As has been mentioned previously, your axle may not be welded on. I have an '88 Perris Pacer and the axle on it is an Al-Ko that's bolted on. (Looks to be original mountings.) I do understand, however, that you may still require someone to do the axle swap, even if it doesn't require welding. Hope everything works out and you get the trailer. It's always nice to hear about another Pacer out there.

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Old 05-18-2007, 08:04 AM   #8
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Hey Eric!

Did you put a new axle on yours? Was it hard to figure out up/down angle and all that? Seems like most people jack theirs up, but I'm trying to make mine as short as practically possible (I have a low hitch height and all).

ooo - I have one more question - I still don't know the year on the one I'm hoping to get. I do know that it is all white with blue decals. I'm wondering if the pinstriping color designates the year...
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Old 05-19-2007, 02:25 AM   #9
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Carol,

No I haven't replaced the axle yet, although I need to. Mine appears to be original and is a leading arm design with a zero degree setup (arms are straight out from axle). I might change to a slight down angle, but with my tow rig, there's really no need. As for the year, I have no clue. Since we haven't found very many, it's difficult to get a break-down of all the features used on various years. I have seen the side markings in both blue and brown (not both colors on the same trailer, though) on various years from '78 to '88. If they're the original tear drop shape, they're not actually decals. I found this out when I removed mine. They are actually paint. They were in bad shape (edges worn and all scratched) so I used some mild paint stripper followed by a good color sand, wash, and buff. The gelcoat came out looking quite good.

On my way home from the Northern Oregon Gathering, last month, I found a Pacer while driving through the back streets of Seaside, OR that had brown side markings and had been retrofitted with a leaf sprung straight axle. I got pics of it.

By the way. do you have any pics of the one you're trying for?

Later.
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Old 05-19-2007, 08:18 AM   #10
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no, Eric - no pics yet! don't know if it is a standard or deluxe, don't know what appliances it might have in it... don't know one darn thing!

I can't stand all this waiting! And I'm really starting to believe that little trailer is going to be mine... and I know I'm going to be disappointed if it's not...

I'm driving myself nuts... with absolutely no power to do a thing about it until Monday.

thanks for the info about the color schemes... I've seen so few pics that I'm making assumptions...
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Long Beach, huh? I live in LB and found a company in Paramount that builds trailers. They use the same Dexter axles that Casita uses and can repair or replace axles.

I'll have to dig to find the name but I'm pretty sure they can do anything you need. Please let me know if you want me to start digging.

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