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Old 03-17-2014, 01:40 PM   #15
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So, I took the Mite into a local shop that a few folks here have used. Mann's Welding in Shoreline, WA. It's been up there a few days and he's having somebody come out to measure it for a new axle. I discovered there were no brake flanges and figured a whole new axle would be needed.

Anybody have any ballpark ideas of what installation of a new axle with brakes should run? I'm figuring that it will probably be a Dexter #9 or similar and I know that their parts folks carry Dexter axles. I'm curious what I might be in for when the quote comes back.
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:39 PM   #16
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Got the quote back. The axle will need to be replaced as I suspected. They're replacing with a Dexter #9 and we're going with a 22 degree angle. The cost of the axle and brakes was something around $460 and the whole installation will be around $1250 since they'll need to fabricate some parts to attach the axle to the frame. The axle should arrive in around 5-6 weeks at which point we'll get it replaced. Just wanted to update for anybody who's curious.

The fellas I've dealt with at Mann's Welding in Shoreline have been great so far. They said they've been seeing more work coming in for fiberglass trailers so I think they must be getting referrals from this group. Based off of my interactions thus far, I'd recommend them for anybody in the Seattle area. I'll give a full report once the work is done.

Thanks everybody for your help.
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:39 PM   #17
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Cool. Is it a Torsion or spring axle?
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:43 PM   #18
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It's a torsion axle. The Trail Mite has some weird half leaf springs on it currently and I'm not sure if they'll just yank those or try to work with them.
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Old 03-20-2014, 05:33 PM   #19
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That's what I thought. Strange. Please let me know why they think it is there and what they do.
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:46 PM   #20
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Now that I have a new axle, brakes, rims and tires, I've been focusing on the cosmetic stuff and getting the vent replaced.

Cabinets:
  • Routed the edges of the "plank" doors in the front and rear to make them fit in better with the other cabinet doors
  • Painted all cabinet doors red
  • Cleaned rust off of all the hardware and painted with a hammered black Rustoleum finish. They look great!
  • Glued in new spacer blocks and replaced all the cabinet door catches. They were completely rusted, so I made sure to paint the new hardware with Rustoleum to try to prevent the new stuff from rusting.

Vent:
  • Used a heat gun to remove the old vent and putty. The old vent came off in pieces. The putty was a mess!
  • The new vent was for a wall 1/2" thicker, so I created a spacer out of 1/2" plywood. This worked out great as I then had something to screw into from the top.

Curtains:
  • Sewed new curtains for all the windows. The whole family had to agree on the pattern, so we ended up with a scandanavian-style woodland print.
  • Drilled out and replaced all the old curtain hardware. Replaced with the same style in black rather than brass finish.

Front bunk:
  • Removed the rickety fold out legs one of the POs had installed.
  • Replaced legs with bunk poles from Scamp.
  • Installed the bunk pole foot holders on the bottom bunk for the poles to sit in.
  • The new bunk poles make it almost level, but not quite, so I made some spacers to bring along if needed. I ended up using a 3/4" non-threaded-to-1/2" threaded PVC connector, which works perfectly. The pole sits in the 3/4" section and the 1/2" section sits perfectly in the foot holder. This raises the bunk about 1/2" if needed for leveling.
  • Made a PVC bunk rail so the kid won't fall out (see pic).

I've also fixed the door hinges that were missing the ball in them and installed/tested all the propane hookups. I just finished painting the icebox door to match the cabinets. We're pretty much ready to get out and test it out. Unfortunately my tow vehicle decided to take a dump and needs a new engine. It's in the shop as I type this and hopefully will be ready for our maiden voyage to the Taidnapam rally!
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