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Old 04-17-2012, 04:42 PM   #1
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Older Dexter Axle Spindle Fried

I've got a big problem with one wheel axle. The bearing was dry and it destroyed itself on the way home from winter storage. This is a 1986 Holiday Rambler 30' TT. It has Dexter 9.5" OC lug hubs and I presume Dexter axles as well. The axles are 4" drop underslung. The axle spindle is not removable from the axle like on newer axles :(

I debating whether I should put any more money in this TT. Everything works on it and it basically meets our needs but it is old and definitely shows its age.

Are used axles available anywhere? I suspect this will be a hard one to find given it is 4" drop and underslung and needs to be the correct width, etc.

What other options do I have to get this thing on the road again?


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Old 04-17-2012, 05:41 PM   #2
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I recommend you try to find the axle ID. Should be stamped on the axle or have a metal tag of some sort. Once you get the number, go to e-trailer.com. They're very knowledgeable and may be able to find what you need.

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Old 04-17-2012, 07:26 PM   #3
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For a 25-year-old trailer, if it's worth fixing I'd replace both axles with new axle/hub/brake assemblies. Cost will be around $800 if the GVWR of your trailer is less than 10,400 pounds and if you can do the R&R yourself. Axles available in the exact length of your old axles at Southwest Wheel's TrailerPart.com:
5,200 lb. Drop Trailer Axles
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:01 PM   #4
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Parts on the way...

I've found I can get custom length axles made (by Dexter I presume) in Elkhart, IN for ~105 each (shipped) which is not too bad. This is from my local axle and wheel distributor in Mpls MN. I will get non-drop axles for a bit more height so it does not drag it's tail when going over a silly 1" manhole cover like it often does now. Replacement hub and elec. brake are on the way too.

What grease is recommended for packing the bearings? I have all new bearings and seals to install and want to don't want to mess this up. I have on hand three greases - 1) AL complex hi-temp bearing grease, 2) Lithium based general purpose (Moly-Graph) grease and 3) White Lithium Grease.

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I would use the high temp. There is quite a bit of heat in trailer brakes. Not only are the shoes dragging on the drum, but the magnets also drag on the face of the drum creating more heat.
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