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Old 07-23-2008, 10:29 PM   #15
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I recall reading, either on this forum or one of the Casita forums, about an owner replacing the stock axle with a Henschen axle at a West Coast shop that does them for Airstreams and others (cost extra $ IIRC).
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:46 PM   #16
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I'm worried about my Casita's axle. What do you look for, in detail please, with the "bounce test?"

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Old 07-30-2008, 12:37 AM   #17
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You have one person bounce inside the egg while another looks at the tire and wheel -- If the wheel and trailer are moving with respect to each other, then springing is being done in the axle -- If all the shock is being taken by the tire expanding and contracting then the axle rubber is shot OR the axle has been rubbered for a lot of capacity and the bouncing hasn't gotten there yet -- To differentiate between the last two, get an industrial-sized friend to do the bouncing...
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:45 AM   #18
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All this talk about axels has got me looking and bouncing. Yeah, it looks like I've got to replace an axel on my 83 Burro 13'. I'll not be doing this myself but will probably employ a shop. Does anyone out there know the brand and what ever specifications I need to know when I start considering this? This is a new ball game for me and I'd appreceiate any comments from what seems like great masses of traveling/wandering expertise that exists out there.

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You may have to consult with the Buristas on this, but one thing I would do is crawl under the egg and see if there is a tag fastened to the axle or any specs stenciled to the axle -- This may give you a way to find the specifications and dimensions of the original axle.
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You may have to consult with the Buristas on this, but one thing I would do is crawl under the egg and see if there is a tag fastened to the axle or any specs stenciled to the axle -- This may give you a way to find the specifications and dimensions of the original axle.

Thanks Pete. I'm waiting for things to dry out before squirming under. We've had long periods of rain and flooding - quite unusual for this area in Alaska. Any idea where the specs you mention on the axel might be located as I may have to scrape away much dirt to find it?
I'm sure that those driving to Alaska this summer will probably be disapointed because of the weather. But, no smoke from forest fires.
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With a Dexter axle, it's usually on a tag with a serial number, the weight capacity and the Dexter plant where it was made -- Using that info, one can call the plant, speak to The Keeper of Records and get the original specs.

However, I don't know what Burro used for axles, so it might be a different ball game. There is a LOT of info in the archives about the axle replacement process.

I would try to replace the axle using Dexter's bolt-on weld-on bracket (bracket welds to frame, axle bolts to bracket) so subsequent replacement would be much easier process (axle could get bent or spindle destroyed or whatever) -- If you are having back-road clearance problems now is a good time considering a spacer between bracket and frame to lift the body.
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