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Old 04-12-2007, 05:57 PM   #1
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Question 1973 Argosy 26' Axles

What weight axles do I need???? I gleened through the manual with nothing listed. I have to get by as cheaply as possible. Does anyone have the complete specs for Dexter and Henschen??? Thanks
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Old 04-12-2007, 06:29 PM   #2
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There's a metal plate tack-welded on the axles. Crawl under there with a wire brush & clean it off. That plate lists the factory's preference on weight rating.

Inland RV has the complete specs on Henschen.

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Old 04-13-2007, 06:41 AM   #3
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What weight axles do I need???? I gleened through the manual with nothing listed. I have to get by as cheaply as possible. Does anyone have the complete specs for Dexter and Henschen??? Thanks
Hey Sundance; Couple of months ago I have installed new axles from Dexter on my 1973 26' Argosy. While I have chosen to go with 12" brakes I had to get 5000 lbs axles with 3500 lbs suspension torsion arms. You can get them in 3500 lbs and 10" brakes [which are standard] with the same as mine dimensions by calling Matt Ewing at Dexter Axle at 574-295- 5494 and have him duplicate my specs which will make a perfect fit. PS; I have chosen not to install shocks. [ You will need to tell him the axle order was made for Boatworks, through Keller Marine and RV Distributors in Pa] If you need more info PM me. "Boatdoc"
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Sundance,

There are two critical measurements that should be double-checked before ordering. (They should all be the same but there can be a slight variance so it is safest to measure yourself. I had planned to use someone else's measurements but found that there was a 1/4" variance between the two.)

They are "outside bracket distance" and "outside hub face". Here is the homemade order form I used with Dexter down here in Georgia. I also have the Dexter factory order sheet on hand. Outside bracket distance is pretty easy...just hook a tape on outside of one side and stretch across to the other. The hubface requires removing a wheel and I used a framing square to measure the distance from the outside hubface (base of studs where wheel meets hub) to the outside axle bracket, doubled it (for both sides), and added it to the "Outside bracket distance". Axles fit perfectly.

You must specify Reverse Orientation (inward) for mounting brackets and Side Mount hangers are not necessary. There are a few modifications required, including cutting off the shock mount and welding it back onto the new axle.

Here are some pics of the changeout. I didn't have any help and accomplished it over a weekend (two nights of pizza making got in the way of a straight through job) by myself. With a helper, it shouldn't be too hard.
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What is the dry weight of a 26' 1973 Argosy???
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What is the dry weight of a 26' 1973 Argosy???
GVW should be around 6000, you should have a tag on the left front of the trailer by the water fill that lists it. MT weight should be about 2000 under that.
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The tag on the front says:

GVW 6200#

Front GVW 2800#

Rear GVW 2800#

Not sure why those numbers don't add up???

Thanks to all for the great info as always.
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The tag on the front says:

GVW 6200#

Front GVW 2800#

Rear GVW 2800#

Not sure why those numbers don't add up???

Thanks to all for the great info as always.
GAWR x2 =5600 pounds+600 pounds tongue weight, not carried by axles, + unsprung weight (tires and wheels, brake drums, etc) also not carried by axles. Tongue weight is supposed to be 10-15% of total trailer weight.
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So in short I need 2800# axles??? Sorry for confusion.....
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The tag on the front says:

GVW 6200#

Front GVW 2800#

Rear GVW 2800#

Not sure why those numbers don't add up???

Thanks to all for the great info as always.
Numbers don't add up because you also have part of the weight carried on the hitch...and 600# is about right Hitch weight is usually 10-15% of the total weight of the trailer. And if your really want to get technical in extreme cases the weight of the wheels, tires and brakes are not included in the axle weight ratings

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So in short I need 2800# axles??? Sorry for confusion.....
Yes. If they are not available you can go 10% over, or 3080 pounds. 3000 would be what you would find in that case.
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What is the pros and cons of bumping up the weight 10%???
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