Originally Posted by Roy in TO
I looked at quite a few axles before I replaced mine. Your axle was bolted onto a square tube below the frame. That is not a "standard" configuration, more likely a mod to raise the trailer due to an axle that has settled.
I realize this is a bit of a dredge, but I took a look under two Bolers this week ('74 and '77 or '78 - will have to double check on the year of the latter), and I think they both have the same bracket and tube configuration as shown in Coleman's photo (I wasn't looking specifically for this, but now that I see your photo I think it is the same).
I am almost 100% certain they are both original. The '74 was owned by the same folks for 18 years, starting in 1990 (and they were in contact with the previous owners), and then by me, and I don't believe it has had any axle work done; the '77/'78 was very lightly used and again, does not appear to have had any work done.
The '74 is a Neonex made in Winnipeg; the other is from Earlton.
I'll look again tomorrow to see if I'm correct or maybe just causing a hullabaloo for nothing
and also see if I can post a couple of photos.
PS: In looking at Coleman's photo again (because it's dark and windy and cold so I don't want to go look at my Boler), I wonder if the square tube was welded to the frame so that then the axle could be bolted to the tube without making a (weakening) hole in the frame? I guess this could be answered if there is no hole there in the frame (which there would be if someone just added a tube to raise the trailer).