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Old 09-18-2012, 10:26 PM   #11
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YoungKopernik. Regarding the axle flip. Did you do the flip or did you have a shop do it? If you did it please give us an idea about what if any special tools or tricks were needed, how many people, etc. Also what was the $24 expense for? Thanks
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:37 PM   #12
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Love the picture of the sunset on the beach! Where was it taken at?
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:16 AM   #13
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South Carlsbad State Beach. San Diego County, CA.
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:57 AM   #14
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No longer it looked familiar - I have tent camped at South Carlsbad. Going back there in December for a few days but in a trailer this time.

Got to say it again but that's a great picture!
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:42 AM   #15
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Regaurds to info on axle flip: It was very easy with simple with basic tools, torque wrench and a welder. The $24 went to axle saddles bought from a loacal trailer shop. Now I thought you had to repace all Ubolts, do to stretching, but trailer shop said if they were in good shape use the old ones. The hardest part was jacking up high enough to get axle off the ground and putting in, good, jack stands. The most cridical part is getting those axle saddles located but with the old ones already there I located just opposite those, not so hard(messure, messure, tac, messure, finish weld, messure, clean and paint) This is nothing like locating saddles on a new axle which can make messuring x12. There are things like dropping one side of leaf and cutting brake electical on the one side. It only took me about 5 hours by myself well I do have a 8yr daughter who wants to help with every thing. Could have done it in 4hr but nothing like having help, I love it.
This all said, do not attempt this if your not sure of your skills or equipment/tools. Putting that camper up on stands and being under it is nerve racking, even though I did one axle at a time. Do not attempt to weld if your not up to it, this is a critical weld and needs good, good penetration.
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm good with everything but the welding. Haven't done that in about 40 years when I got my certificate in 1974.
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:49 PM   #18
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm good with everything but the welding. Haven't done that in about 40 years when I got my certificate in 1974.
Word of caution, take one axle out at a time, mark the sides, clean the top of the old spring saddles real good so there is no dirt, etc. Grind all the paint off the top of the axle where the new saddle will sit. Remove all the paint from the new saddles where you will be welding. Place the new saddle directly above the old saddle and make sure the distance is the same at the front and the back. You can use "C" clamps to clamp the new saddle to the axle. Then you can tighten or loosen the clamps to make sure the new saddle is EXACTLY the same in the front as in the back. Then it is a matter of tacking and then welding. Just make sure that when you take the clamps off the saddles that the saddles do not move and remain parallel to the old saddle. This is critical as you do not want the saddles to not be parallel with the old one or with the ones on the other end. When you are finished, all 4 saddles on each axle should be parallel.
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:50 PM   #19
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What are the benefits for flipping the axles?

And why does not the manufacturer have this built this way to begin with?
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Ground clearance for offroading, angled driveway transitions.

Some manufacturers do build em that way.
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