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Old 09-22-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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is this axle ok? need help asap

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Old 09-22-2012, 10:37 AM   #2
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With the wheel that far up in the wheel well either a small elephant has taken up residence or the axle is in serious trouble.
Several outside features look very old, further contributing to the thought that the axle is over 20 y.o. and has seen better days, and those days were 10-15 years ago.
BTW: W.W. tires are a give away to them being very old and will also have to be replaced.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:42 AM   #3
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That's a good picture of an axle in need of replacement!
You do need to realise though that any trailer from the seventies will ideally have it's axle replaced.
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Axle is shot, but nice hub caps!
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As Bob says, a new axle & new tires would be the first items on my replacement list for this trailer.
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How much are new axles and where does one have them done?
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:12 AM   #7
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How much are new axles and where does one have them done?
About $600. Be sure to get electric brakes on the new axle - only a few bucks and infinitely worth it.

Here is a link to Dexter axle, a leader in the business: See second link for a local dealer.

https://www.storesonlinepro.com/store/2038083page/249824203?sitecookie=25ef8c160a00ffe020118c5d29931 36b

http://www.dexteraxle.com/minnesota
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:22 AM   #8
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Ok...so the inside looks pretty good. It is a boler americann out of witchita....#3103...so far got him down to 1800...too high or about right?
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:23 AM   #9
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anything on the west coast..mines not that low...but i could use a swap and brake install..im in simi valley ca... or maybe it is...
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Better add another couple of hundred for new tires and wiring up the new brakes while you are at it.
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Based on the age of the tires on it I would be surprised if its been used much in recent years so you may be looking at a new battery (good for only about 4 years) and propane tank (good for 12 years) as well.
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Others have given you the answer. If you or anybody else finding this thread in the future wants to know why, I posted in a thread how to determine if your axle needs replacing. The first few posts will tell you all you need to know. How I fixed it was my thing, you don't need to go that far.
Replacing an Axle - leading arm to trailing arm
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:18 PM   #13
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So another grand on top of the price plus painting and anything that needs to be addressed on the inside....as i do not know how to do any of that stuff and winter is coming and my garage isn't all that big....i think i better start with one in better shape...bummer.
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Why do you think it needs painting? Looks like a good wash job and Red Max Pro would make it look a whole lot better. You don't NEED propane or a battery to use the trailer. Consider it a hard-sided tent and take whatever tenting stuff you have for cooking, etc.
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