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Old 09-12-2014, 06:30 PM   #1
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There is a Dexter dealer in town but he knows nothing about Airstreams. I would like to know the part number for the axles to get replacements for my '73 Argosy 24. With a life expectancy of 25 years maximum, they are well on the way through their second life. Do they come with shocks or do I need to know the part # for those as well?
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Old 09-12-2014, 07:05 PM   #2
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Hi Gearheart.

I just replaced the axles on my 66 Trade Wind. I recommend you contact Colin Hyde in Peru, NY. He has a database of Airstream models and replacement axle part numbers. Your 24 footer may have dual axles? He deals in the Axis not Dexter. But they are built like the original Henshen (sp) Dura Torque axles way back when.

You will need to buy new "horizontal" Airstream shocks. Colin can help you with those also.

Lead time was 4 to 6 weeks. I was very satisfied with my new axles and the service Colin Hyde Trailer Restorations provided.

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PS We just drove the TransCanada highway from Sault Ste Marie to Ottawa. Very nice.
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Old 09-12-2014, 07:25 PM   #3
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There is a Dexter dealer in town but he knows nothing about Airstreams. I would like to know the part number for the axles to get replacements for my '73 Argosy 24. With a life expectancy of 25 years maximum, they are well on the way through their second life. Do they come with shocks or do I need to know the part # for those as well?
The current axle manufacturers do not have any use for the old part numbers, be it Airstreams or Henschens.

Six weeks are more like 2 weeks from a Dexter source.

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Old 09-12-2014, 08:15 PM   #4
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There is a Dexter dealer in town but he knows nothing about Airstreams. I would like to know the part number for the axles to get replacements for my '73 Argosy 24. With a life expectancy of 25 years maximum, they are well on the way through their second life. Do they come with shocks or do I need to know the part # for those as well?
There is no part number, they have to be made to match what is on there. You need to supply measurements and weight ratings to get it right.
If you want to do it yourself you can bring it over to my place and I'll show you how to do it. I'm not far from Kitchener, just South of Sebringville.
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Get a dexter catalog, measure distance between frame and distance face to face of hubsClick image for larger version

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Call Colin Hyde and tell him what you have and he will tell you what you need. With his axles there is no modifications,no cutting, no drilling, and no welding. I installed mine by myself with a couple of jacks.
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I recommended the supplier I used for my axles, Colin Hyde. But there are other suppliers, and I have used Inland RV in California for parts many times in the past with good results. Inland has a ton of experience in all things Airstream and has supplied many axles to Airstream owners.

Colin is closer to you reducing freight costs for two 100 kg weight axles.

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I recommended the supplier I used for my axles, Colin Hyde. But there are other suppliers, and I have used Inland RV in California for parts many times in the past with good results. Inland has a ton of experience in all things Airstream and has supplied many axles to Airstream owners.

Colin is closer to you reducing freight costs for two 100 kg weight axles.

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David.

Yes, freight charges sometimes are a killer, especially to a residence instead of a commercial address.

We use 21 different shipping addresses, that saves a bunch of freight charge money.

Most Canadian owners, have their larger parts, like axles or sheet metal, shipped to someone in the states, and then they drive down and pick them up.

That saves considerable money because of duties, as well as a bunch of time, since the duty folks don't get involved.

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I would check to see if you took one axle off of the coach and delivered it to the Dexter dealer. If they would take the measurements and build you two new axles.
I had that option when buying new axles. But the Dexter rep is 300 miles from here.
Driving a total of 1200 miles just made no sense.


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