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Old 09-02-2008, 08:19 PM   #29
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Your photo clearly shows that your axle is bad.

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In this case the photo only shows an axle sold in the last 4 years that is at the correct height for the trailer. I cannot tell that from the photo - but I'm sure you would not sell a defective axle so it must be correct.

Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes the words "YOUR AXLE NEEDS REPLACING" are not what needs to be said when a person is trying to show off his/her hard work to everyone. In this case a PM would have been the proper method and we would have never known that you sold him his axle 4 years ago.


Maybe - what others are trying to say - a message like "looks great, check you PRIVATE MESSAGES" would work.

BTW - I have an InlandRV axle - have recommended it to lots of people, I will continue to, but I'm afraid to post a picture here else I get the same response. Mine looks the same height as this one in the first post.

fun2bethad - Your Caravel looks great - Only wish mine was that far along.
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Old 09-02-2008, 10:08 PM   #30
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The photo of the trailer was taken a few months ago......about 4 years after the axle was replaced. Prior to owning this Caravel, I owned another one prior and had real issues with the replacement axle that was installed by Airstream. At that time, it was clear that Inland RV and Airstream had an ax to grind. Take a look at this prior thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f437...ory-18035.html

Andy....I don't mean to be disrespectful either but it is really disconcerting to hear you say that my trailer needs a replacement axle when you all are the ones that sold me the replacement a few years ago. I'm not sure how else I can't be in the 1% with a new axle.
You ARE far more than being disrespectful, plus fabricating a comment that is NOT TRUE.

For you to say that Airstream and Inland, or for that matter I, had an "AXE TO GRIND" is about as far away from the remotest of truth as Earth is to Pluto.

Please post an apology for making such a unfounded nasty statement.

Furthermore, I am not perfect and your photo appeared to show an axle that has settled.

The Caravel axles are famous for what ever reason, unknown to us, to settle closer to the ground.

Doesn't matter that you replaced it some 4 years ago. That is no sign that it's still perfect as it quite well may be, still perfect.

If I or we make a mistake, we own up to it.

For someone, anyone, to concoct a comment that you have, and publicize it to boot, is at best a detrimental attack on our reputation and honesty.

Torsion axles can go bad, under certain circumstances in little as 2 to 3 years, no matter who manufactured it.

Of course, I can bet that you use your Caravel, every week, so setting still wouldn't be the problem.

I am not a graduate of college with a degree in "perfect" communication, as some may think.

Please tell me why axles are failing on 2005 and 2006 trailers? We have replaced dozens of them, at customers requests.

Attacks such as yours are reasons we have moderators.

Disrespectfully yours, too, or should I say, I don't mean to be.

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Old 09-03-2008, 08:29 AM   #31
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Different Axles?

[quote=Inland RV Center, In;611833]

The Caravel axles are famous for what ever reason, unknown to us, to settle closer to the ground.
Andy; Inland RV[[quote]]

Is the axle built for the Caravel different from other Henschen axles?
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Old 09-03-2008, 08:44 AM   #32
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After reading through all this, my question is; By installing the 14' tires this makes less of the sidewall show, correct?
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:35 AM   #33
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You ARE far more than being disrespectful, plus fabricating a comment that is NOT TRUE.

For you to say that Airstream and Inland, or for that matter I, had an "AXE TO GRIND" is about as far away from the remotest of truth as Earth is to Pluto.

Please post an apology for making such a unfounded nasty statement.

Furthermore, I am not perfect and your photo appeared to show an axle that has settled.

The Caravel axles are famous for what ever reason, unknown to us, to settle closer to the ground.

Doesn't matter that you replaced it some 4 years ago. That is no sign that it's still perfect as it quite well may be, still perfect.

If I or we make a mistake, we own up to it.

For someone, anyone, to concoct a comment that you have, and publicize it to boot, is at best a detrimental attack on our reputation and honesty.

Torsion axles can go bad, under certain circumstances in little as 2 to 3 years, no matter who manufactured it.

Of course, I can bet that you use your Caravel, every week, so setting still wouldn't be the problem.

I am not a graduate of college with a degree in "perfect" communication, as some may think.

Please tell me why axles are failing on 2005 and 2006 trailers? We have replaced dozens of them, at customers requests.

Attacks such as yours are reasons we have moderators.

Disrespectfully yours, too, or should I say, I don't mean to be.

Andy

Andy,
Did you happen to read through the thread that I posted from several years ago?
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:42 AM   #34
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Did you happen to read through the thread that I posted from several years ago?
Unfortunately, I do not the luxury of enough time to read everything that may be posted.

I also don't remember what might be posted, especially from way back.

If I did, I would have to have at least 35 hour days.

I have way too much to do, to make a study of every post made.

Sorry.

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I wonder if the weight of the trailer increased due to the addition of the counters and such creating a condition where the axle is at it's rated capacity. That could cause the appearance of a bad axle condition I would think.
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Perhaps there will be others that have the time and can draw their own conclusions. I have never been, nor do I intend to be, disrespectful to ANYONE on this forum. I don't play games with words and I've always been straightforward with the facts.

Silverhobby, in response to your question, the 14" tires were the solution to the issue on the previous Caravel that I owned. I had also proactively replaced the axle on that trailer as well but had some issues with the installation. The 14" tires ultimately became the solution. Hope that makes sense.
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Old 09-03-2008, 11:17 AM   #37
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[QUOTE=Silverhobby;611974][quote=Inland RV Center, In;611833]

The Caravel axles are famous for what ever reason, unknown to us, to settle closer to the ground.
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Is the axle built for the Caravel different from other Henschen axles?
The axles for the Caravels are built the same as for the other lengths of Airstreams, but they weight ratings are different.

The original Bambi and Caravels had axles with either 2500 or 3000 pound ratings. Replacing those axles with the same ratings, did not always satisfy long term requirements.

We were cautioned that increasing the capacity, due to the light frames, might cause a problem.

We have at this point increased the Caravel ratings to 3200 pounds and once in a while to 3500 pounds, both depending on that owners needs.

We found that by doing so, the trailers maintain a higher profile, and have, best we know, stayed that way.

Accordingly, we now suggest 3200 pound changeouts, that appear to resolve the issue.

We also, in some cases, where there was adequate room available, supplied those axles with 12 inch brakes instead of the original 10 inch, that also come with 6 lug drums, that use 205-15 tires.

Improving or trying to improve on Airstreams axle criteria, takes time and considerable feedback.

We thank those that upgraded to a higher rating who also confirmed that the increase in rating still offered a soft ride, and had zero negative effects.

We offer the options and it's still the owners choice.

As with many other things Airstream related, improvements in design and products must take time to assure positive steps were taken in a forward direction.

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Old 09-03-2008, 11:42 AM   #38
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I wonder if the weight of the trailer increased due to the addition of the counters and such creating a condition where the axle is at it's rated capacity. That could cause the appearance of a bad axle condition I would think.
Some owners confirmed that when they added some "extra" weight, that the axles had a tendency to start dropping.

That's part of the reason we started increasing the axle ratings for the Caravels, even though we were cautioned about the increase.

So far, after a couple of years, that increase has apparently resolved the issue.

Not one single person has reported anything but "hooray."

Bambi's and Caravels, back then, had a very "LOW" payload capacity, especially with a full water tank.

Hopefully, the change we made, is good for the long term.

So far, so good.

Like wise increasing the axle capacity for the vast majority of owners on other size Airstreams, has resulterd in positive feedback.

Airstreams love a soft ride. Increasing the axle ratings within reason, still keeps that soft ride.

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