If you're facing an axle
replacement, now that ours is complete I will share with you the experience. I would say looking back, the axle
replacement was the single most difficult component of rehabbing our 1981 13 Scamp
. It would have been the single most expensive component as well, if not for the wild and woolly story I am about to relay to you over the next few installments.
Let me give you the background in the first installment:
When we bought the trailer we knew we had a "low-rider" and it was the original 27 yo axle
. We went ahead gutted and redid the trailer, and began to use it while gathering the information on how to go about replacing the axle. Reading about axle replacements here and there for about a year we decided the best option was a Dexter #9 Torflex.
I spoke with the Dexter dealer here in Phoenix, but it would have been a 30 mile pull to get the trailer to them, which you have to do several times for measurements and then installation. Generally, consensus was that it takes 6-8 weeks or more after ordering your axle to actually be able to put your hands on it.
Now, we live in a somewhat rural area and nearby were two businesses that primarily service horse trailers, so off I go to see if they could handle the axle replacement on our lil people trailer. Yes, they can and it would be $595.00 installed. We were leaving in July for an entire month in the Scamp
for WY, MT, UT, ID so they took the measurements first of May and ordered the axle which would be here in June and be installed before our trip.
OK, now the fun begins:
May comes and goes - no axle.
June comes and goes - no axle - No problem says the shop it will be there on July 1st and we don't leave till the 2nd.
July 1-2 comes and goes - you guessed it - no axle.
Now this isn't the shops fault, it is getting them built and out of Dexter that is the issue at this point.
Daddy, makes decision and we take off on our trip the morning of the 3rd for the first destination of Moab, UT for the 4th of July. Spectacular place to spend the 4th if you've never done it. Our second time.
As we leave Arizona and enter into UT on the 3rd the phone rings.
It's the trailer place and they are so excited - they have our axle!
I tell them---We'll see you in August, we're heading to Yellowstone.
Coming soon: Installment 2-We return from Montana to get our axle installed.
(how am I doin so far, Peterh?)