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Old 08-27-2008, 11:27 PM   #57
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Thanks Andy. I looked that sheet over previously and just couldn't "see" where the torsion arm was in reference to the axle and wheel.

But, I finally found this on your Inland RV site (by googling images for Henschen Axles) ... now this really shows me where the torsion arm is!!! And I found it really informative. I didn't initially notice this link on your site --- as "tour" is not intuitive --- I thought it would be pictures of the plant.

Making Henschen Axles Tour

Sooooo, my axles also have shocks. I'm assuming that's correct since I see pictures of others' axles and there's shocks on them too... looking at the drawing linked above, where do the OEM shocks go? And, why do you need additional shocks with the shock absorbing airstream axles? Thanks for helping me to understand this system!
For simplicity, the shock brackets are not shown.

The shocks are attached to the rear of the torsion arm, and then to the chassis.

Torsion axles do provide "shock absorbing."

Shock absorbers, provide addition shock protection.

The best ride for the trailer is when you have both.

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Old 08-27-2008, 11:31 PM   #58
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thanks loads Andy. Will check 'er out this weekend!
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:33 PM   #59
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replace tag axle on 345?

This is probably a question for Andy. I have a 1988 345. the tag wheels splay out at the bottom and in at the top by about an inch or so, maybe as much as 2. This leads me to believe the axle is shot and needs to be replaced. Any info wuld be appreciated including the price of the axle.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:46 PM   #60
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This is probably a question for Andy. I have a 1988 345. the tag wheels splay out at the bottom and in at the top by about an inch or so, maybe as much as 2. This leads me to believe the axle is shot and needs to be replaced. Any info wuld be appreciated including the price of the axle.
The answers are lengthy, with some if's, and's, and buts.

Please call me tomorrow and I will explain them to you.

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Old 08-28-2008, 06:11 AM   #61
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Thanks Andy. I looked that sheet over previously and just couldn't "see" where the torsion arm was in reference to the axle and wheel.

But, I finally found this on your Inland RV site (by googling images for Henschen Axles) ... now this really shows me where the torsion arm is!!! And I found it really informative. I didn't initially notice this link on your site --- as "tour" is not intuitive --- I thought it would be pictures of the plant.

Making Henschen Axles Tour

Sooooo, my axles also have shocks. I'm assuming that's correct since I see pictures of others' axles and there's shocks on them too... looking at the drawing linked above, where do the OEM shocks go? And, why do you need additional shocks with the shock absorbing airstream axles? Thanks for helping me to understand this system!
We've got some pictures of the axle replacement on our Sovereign, yours will be similar.
What usually happens to pre-1974 axles (they changed the rubber compound for 1974) is one of two things (sometimes both) 1-the rubber gets stiff from non-use, and even though they look good, they are in fact beating up your trailer while you tow, or 2-the rubber deteriorates to the point the axles will bottom out going over bumps in the road, which will also beat up your trailer when towing.
This is not the end of the world for your trailer, you just need to factor in the fact you will need to get them replaced sooner or later (preferably sooner).
Here are a couple of pictures from our thread, and the axle replacement, before and after:
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:06 AM   #62
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Sooooo, my axles also have shocks. why do you need additional shocks with the shock absorbing airstream axles?
think of the "shocks" as motion dampeners, which they are. they slow the oscillation of the spring action.
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:23 PM   #63
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finally... interior pics

I visited Ophelia last weekend. And, unfortunately, verified the torsion arms are in the position indicating replacement is necessary. I've found a couple people who will help me with this job in the near future. I took a few shots of the interior. Most is original. I spent a few bucks at TJMaxx, getting some decoritive items and even a couple bedcovers that I think I can use to recover the gaucho's. I have some experience in upholstery so it doesn't seem to difficult. Though I probably won't embark on trying to repliate the original curtains.... I do have some samples of new flooring too - the Trafficmaster planks. I tried them over an old furnace cover in my house to see how they held up with my dogs and so far, so good!

Course, nothing gets done till she's cleaned up!








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Old 09-05-2008, 03:53 PM   #64
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It is lovely! And nice to have a good looking original interior. Ours was mostly torn out in the front, but that did leave me free to redo things at will and not feel bad about alterations.

It looks like it was well taken care of.
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Old 09-05-2008, 04:08 PM   #65
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You found yourself a lovely, well-maintained trailer! I can imagine you will do some wonderful things to update and personalize it....keep posting pics. It's great to hear that you have found some folks to help you with the axle work.
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:13 PM   #66
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I have to agree U have found a well maintained Trailer. If U have found some friends with an ashpalt drive, air impacts, floor jack, wheel dollys, and 4 to 6 pieces of 2x6 U can do the change. I did I'm 70 yrs old. Please don't let anyone scare U into think'n u can't do it.
If you want, PM me I will be glad to tell ya how I did it.
If you were closer Id do it for ya.
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:47 PM   #67
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Old 09-05-2008, 11:44 PM   #68
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Torsion axles "cannot" be rebuilt by an individual.

The shafts must be removed with a 50 ton puller, minimum. Then new rubber rods of the correct length and composition must be deformed and frozen with liquid Nitrogen, then very quickly reinstalled in the axle tube, along with the shaft.
Well, I have to agree with Andy I do not think any individual can personally rebuild the axle.

My father and I have done some research, watched videos, spoke to Henschen and it would take some serious equipment to rebuild them and if you could find the right rubber. Also, why risk it. BUT, have have to disagree that you can not remove the shafts because we have removed them. A sludge and 2 4 lb steel wedges. They do come apart and yes mine surely were shot.
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Old 09-06-2008, 06:06 AM   #69
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Another nice Airstream. Happy to see one in very good hands and I'm sure it will be used for some great camping trips. I know we love ours. You did good.
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Old 09-06-2008, 06:36 AM   #70
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Funkill,

Beautiful coach Much of the original interior is still intact. Yes, cleaning and some work is required.

We are on our 3rd coach, and all 3 had to have new axles when we got then. All 3 sets came from Inland in Corona CA. never had a problem with service or delivery. My husband, overlander 63, put all the axles on our coaches and no problems doing it.

Yes, buying a used coach will cost some green to get it in tip top shape, but when you go camping in it, you don't have to worry about all systems failing. Usually something will need attention when you get home.

All of the information you will need for repairs and or restoration can be found on the forum. Many of us have "spare parts" and can get them to you. We try to help each other out.

Just take it one step at a time and you will do fine. All advice is offered with nothing but good intentions, and if some sounds strange, condescending or you are not sure, ask for clarification. As in any endeavor, some people like one vendor and have no problems and other people will have problems with other vendors.

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