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Old 12-22-2012, 02:46 PM   #15
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given the torched-off axle brackets, the big square hole in the frame, and the structurally questionable mounting design, my guess is that this was not the original design...
In the thread Raising a Bigfoot, other Bigfoot 13' frames are shown. In those, the frame has a rectangular notch - right through the bottom flange - suggesting that these trailers came with the axle tube nested up into the frame for the lowest possible trailer height. The square hole in this Bigfoot's frame isn't a notch, but could still have been provision for an earlier through-frame axle mounting. Again, the current installation doesn't look original, or very suitable, although it apparently has been good enough structurally.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:24 PM   #16
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+1 on adding electric brakes with a new axle. You will never regret it.
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Dave, your axle looks fine to me judging from the ground clearance of you trailer.
My axle was completely dead. I had about 5 inches of ground clearance.
Going down a flat road everything bounced out of the cabinets.
I replaced the axel under my 1988 Lil Bigfoot a couple months ago.
There are no stock axles built today that will fit due to the A frame configuration of the axle.
The frame has to be modified.
The axle shop that did mine modified the frame forward of the original axle and installed a trailing axle.
I had prices from $580.00 to $1100.00 so it pays to shop around.
I told them what I wanted, with no advice on my part, and let the expert find the axle and do the job.
It worked out well.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:13 PM   #18
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Nice to have the confidence boost regarding the shape of the axle, especially since you have the same unit.
Maybe I take it easy on myself do the (rusty) hubs, bearings, (rusty) rims and call it a day.
The post-Christmas budget would like that.
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