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Old 05-26-2013, 11:38 AM   #15
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That's it!

Yes, at first one was sticking and it would sometimes leave one side low, then it got permanently stuck, at which point I had it replaced which solved the problem.
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:11 PM   #16
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Raymond, I have 2000 pound leaf springs. The trailer probably weighs in at 1400 pounds and is just under the minimum for Oregon's requirement for brakes.

Bobbie, the lowest frame to ground distance is 17 1/2". The axle would be about 4" higher than the drop axle. and the bottom of the propane frame housing is 16" from the ground. The bottom of the rear bumper is also 16".

The original axle was really heavy duty. I'm sure the new axle assembly is 20 pounds lighter. The lug nut pattern is exactly the same as the 13" wheels, so that gives me 3 spares (5 on 4 1/2). All the parts for the straight axle came to $125. The wheels and tires were just over $400.

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Old 05-26-2013, 09:25 PM   #17
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Mine is about 14 inches, with 12 inch wheels, so maybe it is set up the same way. I can just barely get into the garage (84 inches.)
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:45 PM   #18
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Mine is about 14 inches, with 12 inch wheels, so maybe it is set up the same way. I can just barely get into the garage (84 inches.)
If your avatar is your trailer...a trailswest....I say you have the drop axle. I have the 4 inch drop axle and I just barley fit in my garage. If I had the straight axle I would not fit.
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:48 PM   #19
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Raymond, I have 2000 pound leaf springs. The trailer probably weighs in at 1400 pounds and is just under the minimum for Oregon's requirement for brakes.

Bobbie, the lowest frame to ground distance is 17 1/2". The axle would be about 4" higher than the drop axle. and the bottom of the propane frame housing is 16" from the ground. The bottom of the rear bumper is also 16".

The original axle was really heavy duty. I'm sure the new axle assembly is 20 pounds lighter. The lug nut pattern is exactly the same as the 13" wheels, so that gives me 3 spares (5 on 4 1/2). All the parts for the straight axle came to $125. The wheels and tires were just over $400.

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Hmm. Good to know. I was looking at 3500 lb springs, but those I think would be too stiff if you are using 2000 and are happy with the performance. Thanks for the info!
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:50 PM   #20
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You said your wife made curtains and blinds. I am wondering what kind of blinds do you have?
I can't figure out a way to attach blinds-metal around the window is to narrow for the brackets.
Thought about attaching a wood piece on the window frame and then attach blinds and curtains to that.
Any help or ideas appreciated.
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I should have said shades. We have the old school pull down shades that roll back up when you tug them. So she just made a extra tall curtain and I stapled it to the wood roller of the shade. Actual blinds would be nice.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:24 PM   #21
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I love the vintage wood interior. I'd love to see more interior pictures. Really nice camper. Enjoy your adventures!
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:15 PM   #22
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You really should check out Flexi-ride axles. You still have a rubber torsion independent axle that can be ordered for whatever weight you would like, plus you can easily change the height of you trailer and also side to side adjustment for uneven loads by just removing one bolt per side to place the spindle arm to a new location on the 80 splined axle, so you can still get into the garage and go off-roading.
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