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Old 09-11-2010, 04:09 PM   #1
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look at my sleeping spartan

Here she is! 1948 spartan manor 25. She was moved to this location in 1950, axle removed, blocked and has been there ever since. She's a few hundred yards away from a lake, on a steep incline. Inside is in very good condition and she is beckoning for me to revive her! The plan is to replace the axle and then remove. Other approaches may jeopardize her structure. The dust and dirt are 1/2 think and will be quite refreshing to powerwash eventually. Anyone with an axle out there??
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Good luck with that! It looks like it is sitting on the ground though that could be problematic
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clarification

It's on blocks. What appears to be the ground is actually a porch which they built around the trailer and covered with a roof. We will get her out, just have to be patient and very careful. Thanks for the support!
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Ok, that makes sense good luck with it keep the pictures coming
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Old 09-12-2010, 01:01 AM   #5
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Actually I do have a big old low slung dexter axle I bought a while back that had been salvaged out of another travel trailer. It needs a wire brushing and some fresh paint and the bearings could probably do with a repacking, but its a nice beefy 5 bolt, would easily take 15" rims.

The only problem is, unless you're near Salem, Oregon, getting it to you would be a bit of a challenge.
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When you get this trailer back to life, it will be an eye catcher. Good luck. Like Steve said, "keep the picture coming".
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I love watching the posts of people who are so much more talented than me, taking something that I can see no value in, and making it into a wonderfully new version of its former self. You guys (and gals) are cleverer than a really really clever thing!
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Do you know any one with a long utility trailer to get under it to make the move. Other wise, get under her and measure the distance bewteen the spring hangers and head for your local trailer and axle shop with the dimensions. They should be able to help you come up with an axle (complete with wheels tires and brakes) that will fit the trailer.

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If there are any house movers or Mobile Home movers in your area they have temporary axles and bunks that could be placed under it to get it out. Then once out you can think clearly and work well.
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Thanks again everyone!

Everyone has great ideas for this and I really appreciate them all. I have considered a utility trailer and my only concern there is the 4hr trip back home. Things come loose !! Perfectionism can lead to insanity, I need to relax , get the measurements and have the local trailer shop order axle and all the goodies that come with it, attach and I'm on my way.
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If there are any house movers or Mobile Home movers in your area they have temporary axles and bunks that could be placed under it to get it out. Then once out you can think clearly and work well.
Very good idea. Don't know what the cost would be but might be worth it. Mobile Home haulers have all kinds of tricks to move these things. Might contact them and pick their brains.
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Mobile home movers

I have checked with this type of outfit and they are a little pricey! But then again, so are snow cone vendors. Just think, people pay for flavored ice.
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update!! please read now

I just received measurements from a source. Verify if you can , since these will be handed to local trailer shop and they will order an axle, springs, etc. Again, this goes under a 1948 Spartan manor 25. It's 26' long x 8'wide. weighs around 3700 pounds.

Wheel size- 700- 15 5 lugs
spring seat- 50 1/2 "
Hub face - 69 1/8
axle type - 4 " drop
spring length- 35 1/2 " (modern double- eye springs reach only 29" , therefore will have to weld new hangers to accomodate).

If anyone out there can verify these #'s, I am going to go with them.

Thanks again for input and help.
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FYI, specialty spring shops can make springs to your specifications, length, width, eye diameter, etc. This might fit an original restoration plan better. I can't speak on your question about the axle measurements.
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