Sizing New axle for '79 4500 Trillium - Page 3 - Fiberglass RV

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Old 01-23-2007, 08:43 PM   #29
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I was looking at the attached site of a Trillium trailer brochure and saw a photo of a new trailer. The clearance on the tire and start angle on the arm looks like a 0 degree. I am wondering if the rubber deforms over the years so the start angle appears as 15 degrees up. This would also result in the travel of the arm also being reduced.
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I would expect these photos are all parts used by Trillium and I agree with Brian that the start angle on the unloaded axle looks like-15 degrees. I loaded the page into photo shop and lightened the loaded shot and agree with you that it looks like 0 degrees. That would indicate about 15 degrees of movement under load(mine moves about 6 degrees). Because mine is about 21 degrees up in loaded position I have less space between the wheel and fibreglass above but still enough at about 3". My only concern is the condition of the rubber rods. Because there is no free play in the unloaded position I am going to assume the rubber is ok other than being slightly harder than new condition.
On a different topic I found some ensolite trim yesterday( there were some pieces missing on mine). I also heard about someone on the east coast who rebuilds the cooling units on the old Dometic fridges(don't know the cost yet). Since the fridge in my trailer was sitting in the middle of the floor totally disconnected this may be good information. I still havn't done much on the trailer because I don't have heat in the garage yet. I'm going to go with radiant tube propane because they claim it's 30% more efficient than forced air.

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Old 03-15-2007, 01:18 PM   #30
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[quote]Why didn't I think of that. Yes I'm interested. When you've figured out if they're ok let me know and I can send you some money for shipping at least. I will attach a photo of my axle and square plates so you will have something to compare to. As you've already mentioned most of the consumable parts should be readily available. This is off topic but I thought you were ambitious looking at this beam idea until I visited my old neighbour yesterday. He has an 85 HP Massey-Ferguson farm tractor that needs new brakes(inboard internal so axles have to removed for access), new multi power, main clutch and PTO clutch packs(cab has to be tilted up 40 degrees, and tractor has to be separated between motor and transmission after the cab is out of the way). There is about $3k in parts and the local dealer wants between $8-$9k to do the job. His son is a Toolmaker and has already made a turnbuckle tool used to tip the cab. They have some previous mechanical experience but I will still be surprised to see this one completed before spring planting. He has built and maintained a 6500 lb 4 x 4 pro stock pulling truck with a very hyper 900 HP Chrysler 440ci motor over the last 15 years. A few others with $50k invested in newer trucks have trouble getting by him on the track.
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Hi bill,
I have the brakes off if you are still interested. Send me a PM with full name, address and preferred shipping method. Dave.

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Old 05-24-2010, 07:58 AM   #31
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I was looking at the attached site of a Trillium trailer brochure and saw a photo of a new trailer.
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