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Old 04-20-2008, 08:52 PM   #1
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New Henschen axle installed on the 1964 Globetrotter!

I've been reading here and talking with some of you for quite some time about the easy job of installing new axles. HA. Turns out it wasn't too complicated but it took all day. The old shocks look like they must have been original from 1964... no shock, no absorbing, no damping, no nothing left. The auto parts store said they never saw a shock like that. So... we just put the axle on with no shocks, no shock mounting brackets welded on, etc.
Even without shocks, the trailer gained over 3" of height and rode great down the road coming home. I'll do some research on how to get specs on shocks, figure out who can order them for me, and then we'll arc weld the mounting brackets on so they'll fit the shocks.
All in all, it was a good day and not too ridiculous but it's still a big job.
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Old 04-20-2008, 09:03 PM   #2
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Hi,

I think Andy at Inland Rv in California has them.
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Old 04-20-2008, 09:05 PM   #3
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Well I have put on the same Henschen axel that you just put on.... Both on Globe Trotters,,, 1962 and a 1961... I'm now about to put a third one on... I Put the shocks on the 1961 and did not on the 1962 to see if the shocks are realy needed.. To be honest I can not tell a difference! I called Henschen and talked to a person for about an hour about the Henschen Axles... He told me that you do not need shocks...(in fact with shocks the axel dose not work the way it was intended) but I put them on one anyways to see if there is a difference...

I know there has been a lot of talk about this... but I realy would like to hear real world test out there to see what others are doing...or think?

Andy, as you all know is the only place to buy the Henschen and I think that they are worth the price! If you are replacing axles don't even think about not putting disks breaks on! (yes even on a Globe Trotter!)
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Henchen axles MADE IN CHINA?

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Well I have put on the same Henschen axel that you just put on.... Both on Globe Trotters,,, 1962 and a 1961... I'm now about to put a third one on... I Put the shocks on the 1961 and did not on the 1962 to see if the shocks are realy needed.. To be honest I can not tell a difference! I called Henschen and talked to a person for about an hour about the Henschen Axles... He told me that you do not need shocks...(in fact with shocks the axel dose not work the way it was intended) but I put them on one anyways to see if there is a difference...

I know there has been a lot of talk about this... but I realy would like to hear real world test out there to see what others are doing...or think?

Andy, as you all know is the only place to buy the Henschen and I think that they are worth the price! If you are replacing axles don't even think about not putting disks breaks on! (yes even on a Globe Trotter!)
I have had my New Henchen a few years now and while in the process of repacking the bearings this spring noticed the seals had allowed some black discoloration past them and the bearing was corrupted. Instead of repacking I decided to replace the bearings, cups and seals to be sure.

Too my dismay, I found that the cups are MADE in CHINA. The seals had a single rubber band surface and the replacements have two.

After getting the run around from NAPA I drove to the Airstream dealer and made sure they were all made in USA Timken replacements.

This is a problem as the quality of the (China) parts are inferior, unsafe and every purchase from China displaces jobs that used to be here. I do not want to get in an arguement with a ecomomics major about why this has happened. I have heard enough to decide where I will buy products from.

Another problem seems to be quality control related as the cotter pin holes and set nut are not cooperating. The cotter pin hole on the street side is drilled slighty off center across the spindle which makes running the cotter pin through the set nut very difficult.

I will try a smaller cotter pin next but this does not give my a warm feeling.

As to the Made in China parts in an axle assembled in OHIO to be installed in an Airstream? Shame on the bean counters. Shame on Henchen and Airstream for allowing it in the first place. Andy can also step up and have this changed.

As to the question about shocks....is that not why they call them shocks? The purpose is to dampen the secondary reflex of the spring or rubber after the first impact and return the wheel to it's set position, yes?

Back to the Axles. Everyone should insist that their NEW axle order contains only American made parts. If you do not, they are NOT worth the money.
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Old 04-21-2008, 03:18 PM   #5
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Thanks for the heads-up on the bearings. I'll keep an eye on those. I imagine I'll get the shocks installed pretty soon. First gotta get some new tires - another hot topic! The local tire guy from "brand D" tire chain is supposed to call back with prices on the Maxxis. I sure have read a lot about trailer tires and every brand has enemies out there someplace, although it's harder to find enemies of the Maxxis. Maybe because it's harder to find Maxxis tires.
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Old 04-21-2008, 03:59 PM   #6
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Congrats Bob on your install! I must say that I am bit disappointed that I did not get the call to lend a hand, but we will take that up over the fire pit sometime. The OEM shocks can be had from Jim May RV in Findlay OH. for the best price I found anywhere.
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I would be interested in the color of the grease between the spindles and the inner race on your repacking. Also if yo can remember when you opened things up were the magnets free floating on the arm or were they STUCK in place. The grease on my spindles was orange (rust) where as the original was Valvoline and bright red.

I bought some of the Chineese axles 2 years ago and lost all my brakes on my last trip to Fl. The magnets were stuck in place by the dust from the cheap Chineese magnets. The bearing a Chineese and yes the Chineese seals are single lip.

I just replaced the complete backer platers and used Good double lip seals.

If you want to see some of my comments you can check out this post

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f439...oes-40814.html

It also has links to my earlier question on this subject.
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I bought some of the Chineese axles 2 years ago and lost all my brakes on my last trip to Fl. The magnets were stuck in place by the dust from the cheap Chineese magnets. The bearing a Chineese and yes the Chineese seals are single lip.
Howie.

The axles you purchased are "NOT" Chinese.

They are made in Jackson Center, Ohio, by GKN, known as Henschen.

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Yes the axles were made in Jackson. But the brake components supplied with the axles were not. Sorry Andy but I can read and the words "Made in China" are clearly marked on the bearings. There are no manufatures marks on the magnets or shoes so I have to take the words of the customer service individual at Henschin that told me the brakes are Chineese.

My reason for posting here is to see if anyone else that has installed axles in the last year or so has found the same problems I have, lose of brakes, rust marking on the inside of the races, and degrading of the grease.
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Yes the axles were made in Jackson. But the brake components supplied with the axles were not. Sorry Andy but I can read and the words "Made in China" are clearly marked on the bearings. There are no manufatures marks on the magnets or shoes so I have to take the words of the customer service individual at Henschin that told me the brakes are Chineese.

My reason for posting here is to see if anyone else that has installed axles in the last year or so has found the same problems I have, lose of brakes, rust marking on the inside of the races, and degrading of the grease.
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I was only referring to the axles, nothing more.

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Old 04-22-2008, 11:20 AM   #11
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Andy, The point that is brought up here; Do you have the "pull" to get all the axles built to USE USA Timken, or US made bearings and brake parts?
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Andy, The point that is brought up here; Do you have the "pull" to get all the axles built to USE USA Timken, or US made bearings and brake parts?
I will make this "one and only" post regarding the China question.

To have parts made in the good ole USA or even many other products, at a price that USA citizens can afford, is getting more and more difficult by the day.

Sears started the issue many years ago, by having products made, and having the Sears name placed on them. The same holds true today for many parts, in many different industries.

Therefore, it is not unusual, for thousands of US companies to have parts made in a foreign country, and having their name placed on that part.

That holds true, as an example, for automotive and truck parts, RV parts, electronic parts and thousands more.

Word has it from more than one reliable source, that most USA manufacturers of bearings, indeed have them made in China, and have their USA name placed or stamped into that part.

That type of activity was more than likely caused by ourselves, because of our labor rates, and literally in thousands of industries.

We read about those things everyday.

Do I have an influence with GKN Henschen? Sure do. But how much is the question.

Back then, when Airstream bought all of their axles from Henschen, even during the heydays, that business was about 3 to 4 percent of Henschens total business.

At this point in time, we are, obviously a fraction of that business.

Hopefully, that answers the question as to how much pull I have with Henschen, some yes, but the kind to force them to change some venders, no.

The question then became, "how about if we specified American made parts, ONLY."

First thing that would happen, is a huge time delay, of several months to get parts from a USA manufacturer. Second, would be a price increase.

Why price increases from a USA manufacturer?

Steel prices, fuel surcharges, shipping charges, labor costs, warehousing costs, liability insurance costs, and the list goes on and on.

It's always been interesting, of why we can export raw materials to foreign countries, they in turn make a product, ship it back to the USA, and sell it for a fraction of our selling prices for the same thing. Labor differences, sure. But other things too.

At best, most of these problems we created ourselves.

What is the answer to these problems?

Who knows? I don't know, does anyone know?

We could all say that we won't buy anything unless it was made in the USA.

WOW !!!

If we did that, how many people could afford the new prices we would all have to pay?

Of course, that would help our employment problems, and I am sure reduced the foreclosures that surround us today.

We can't even control fuel prices, let alone foreign made parts.

Freight charges today, is a JOKE and a half."

Freight line fuel surcharges are now at 32 percent. Residental deliver charges are now $75.00. Calling you to see if someone is home to accept the freight, is $30.00.

In some instances, the freight lines "extra charges," exceed the actual freight charges.

Local business deliverys now are adding fuel surcharges, etc. We just paid a $65.00 fuel surcharge for a delivery of less than 20 miles.

Where will it end??????

I was taught that to end something, you have to go back to the beginning, and start fixing it from there.

Any volunteers??

This subject can go on forever, with thousands of fixes, remedies, and opinions.

Historians say, "world wars," while a huge disaster, brings our country and it's people, closer together, as well as solving many other problems. I don't want to go there again.

The idiotic behavior of all to many foreigners as well as USA citizens, on the Arizona Memorial, is more than disgusting. What a way to say thank you, to those that gave their lives, for you and me. It's a Memorial, not a playground.

This is my one and only post on this subject, since my time is already commited to working on many things, that I can change, or have an influence on.

And then too, I must remember, especially in my senior years, "I ain't what I used to be," and I want and need to spend much more time with my loved ones.

Now I put my soap box away.

Furthermore, because of some health issues, Hawaii keeps on calling, louder and louder.

Respectfully, to all.

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Thanks Andy for your perspectives.
Whether we like it or not, we are in a world economy. Sometimes it drives me crazy though...
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thanks andy, nice post!
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