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Postby tawright915 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:50 pm

And can I remove it without hurting my frame? I'm starting my build and I have my frame. It's from an old Palomino Mustang pop up camper. Not sure if I can remove the item in red without it hurting the frame.

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Re: Can someone tell me what this is?

Postby lrrowe » Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:52 pm

Looks like something that had a pivot point at the axle. Could it be a dump release or something similar?
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Re: Can someone tell me what this is?

Postby dales133 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:19 pm

Could even be some sort of tortion bar.
Bit hard to tell from that pic
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Re: Can someone tell me what this is?

Postby tawright915 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:24 pm

dales133 wrote:Could even be some sort of tortion bar.
Bit hard to tell from that pic


I was thinking that too, but I could not find where it would connect too. I'll post more pictures.
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Re: Can someone tell me what this is?

Postby tawright915 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:26 pm

Here are more images.
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Re: Can someone tell me what this is?

Postby tac422 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:01 pm

Does it move if you jump up and down on the trailer ?
What kind of suspension does it have ?
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Re: Can someone tell me what this is?

Postby tawright915 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:09 pm

tac422 wrote:Does it move if you jump up and down on the trailer ?
What kind of suspension does it have ?

Yeah it moves. It looks bolted to the axel. The suspension is a torsion axel. On other threads they are saying that the palomino mustang had a dexter torsion axel. I have not found and marks on the axel to tell me what it is.

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Re: Can someone tell me what this is?

Postby Redneck Teepee » Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:49 pm

Looks to me like some kind of linkage to operate something on the old camper maybe, it has a center pivot point. :NC
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Re: Can someone tell me what this is?

Postby KCStudly » Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:32 pm

Parking brake actuator linkage? Does the axle have brakes and is there any sign of cables having been mounted to either end, or the linkage?
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Re: Can someone tell me what this is?

Postby tac422 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:34 pm

Could it be a axle travel limiting device ?
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Re: Can someone tell me what this is?

Postby Treeview » Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:51 pm

To my eye it doesn't look like a torsion bar for the axle or suspension

The front end of the tubing looks like an old cut off or broken

Is it heavier than conduit? Lighter than black iron pipe?

Could it have been a control mechanism for a black or grey water valve?

Have you found any odd flanges or tabs in some alignment to the front or rear tubes?

Isn't Palomino still in business? If so a call would solve the mystery

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Re: Can someone tell me what this is?

Postby KCStudly » Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:04 pm

Although we can't see the trailing arms in the picture, it sure looks like a torsion axle based on the mounting pads in contact with the frame (I'm assuming that there are bolts through those pads into the frame somewhere out of the shot); no other coil or leaf springs are apparent; and in the longitudinal shot looking rearward the hub centerlines are clearly rearward from the axle tube centerline. It also looks like the forward and rearward aiming rods (or tubes) in question have been cut and are just dangling there (unless they are fastened to the undersides of the crossmembers (xmbr's) or have some other guiding bracket there, also out of view). I'm also assuming that the center pivot point is connected to the axle tube via a welded tab or stud and there is no mechanism or action that penetrates the axle tube. If that is all correct, then what ever it was can no longer be performing what ever function it was intend for, and it (should most likely) be able to be removed w/o harm. What ever method is used, avoid putting excess heat into the axle; recip saw or a clean cut with a cutoff disc i a 4 inch grinder. I would avoid grinding or torching it off (even though the rubber torsion bushings are likely further outboard, it is never a good practice to put a lot of heat into this style of axle).

I just did a web search on Palomino camper suspension linkage and didn't come up with much. There was an older brochure that showed how the located the cable lift system under the trailer covered up by a belly pan, the sketch didn't look like that much at all. Still, I wonder if it had something to do with that; maybe some sort of balance bar to help keep pulley tension equal?
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Re: Can someone tell me what this is?

Postby H.A. » Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:32 pm

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Re: Can someone tell me what this is?

Postby dales133 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:16 pm

I tend to agree with kc.
If those linkage parts arnt conected to anything witch from the new pics it seems they arnt id cut it off the axle with a thin cutting disc and give it the heave ho.
If it is conected further investigation may be required
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Re: Can someone tell me what this is?

Postby Dale M. » Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:56 am

Appears to be a operating linkage for some long ago removed function.... IF the two arms pointing to front and rear are not connected to anything, its pretty safe to remove it....

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