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Old 05-09-2011, 06:34 PM   #1
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An axle is an axle is an axle?

So, the Globie is going in for a new axle (actually, to be sized for it) Thursday, it'll be ordered while we're on the east coast, and then installed in time for some fun in the trailer later in the summer. So, is there a preferred axle manufacturer for the Dura-torque type axle?

Cross another major system off the list of "I hope that doesn't fail anytime soon"
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:17 PM   #2
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It all boils down to personal preference and price in my opinion. I'm sure that Axis, Dexter and Al-Ko Kober axles are of similar build quality. New Airstreams have Dexter axles installed. I have an axle thread that I put together. Good luck with your selection.
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Axles is a VERY touchy subject with MANY people on the forums. You will get a ton advice. From seeing Top's axles just 3 days ago, I think his is a good thread to go with.

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I went with Dexter because I like the TV show.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:32 PM   #5
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Okay, advice or not, I have a new axle. After a 130 mile drive home from the shop where the work was done, up the coast highway north of SF (twisty and steep) I couldn't be happier- no more bounce and shaking. We went with a Dexter axle with the same rating as the original and 6 lugs.
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Okay, advice or not, I have a new axle. After a 130 mile drive home from the shop where the work was done, up the coast highway north of SF (twisty and steep) I couldn't be happier- no more bounce and shaking. We went with a Dexter axle with the same rating as the original and 6 lugs.
Mine is up at Luke's Maintenance and Repair in Fort Collins CO getting measured for my new axle. I didn't even ask him what kind I was gonna get! Didn't even think about it.

Anyway, I too am looking forward to her new legs. Did you notice a substantial difference? Was it worth the money and piece of mind?
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:45 PM   #7
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I did notice a difference, not huge but definitely smoother. I drove home on a variety of roads, bouncy levee, interstate and cliffside two lane. The trailer is so small I forget it's back there- actually had a panic stop in open range land when a cow crossed in front me. Adam Blair at Avalon RV in Benicia did the work and we were able to tailor the axle to size and existing wheels. It actually brakes better than it did before. I had been looking online to see what people's experiences had been with different axle manufacturers. It's good to be specific since there are so many variables. P
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Mine is up at Luke's Maintenance and Repair in Fort Collins CO getting measured for my new axle. I didn't even ask him what kind I was gonna get! Didn't even think about it.

Anyway, I too am looking forward to her new legs. Did you notice a substantial difference? Was it worth the money and piece of mind?
Luke will most likely install Dexter axles as he has done on others. You made a good choice by going to Luke.
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Oooh, good to know about a good mechanic in Colorado, have been vaguely wondering about that. Thanks!
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Luke will most likely install Dexter axles as he has done on others. You made a good choice by going to Luke.
Ya, I have heard he does excellent work. Very meticulous. Plus, I'm trying to do the "small business Christmas" thing this year and spend money at the local small business level.

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Mine is up at Luke's Maintenance and Repair in Fort Collins CO getting measured for my new axle. I didn't even ask him what kind I was gonna get! Didn't even think about it.
Luke will do a great job, probably a Dexter axle, or that is what he put in my 20' Argosy. I did the measurements at home, talked to him about it on the phone, brought it down and stayed in his driveway while he put it in. Great guy, great work, good price, and I am a very happy camper. I have since changed to 16" wheels with LT 225/75 R16 Goodrich tires, and the tow is great.
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Luke did ours too -- ditto all the kudos above. But the new axles raised us about 3"so had to replace hitch as well. Not all that bad -- now I have a hitch we can adjust, and tailgate on TV clears the propane tank cover.
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Mine is up at Luke's Maintenance and Repair in Fort Collins CO getting measured for my new axle. I didn't even ask him what kind I was gonna get! Didn't even think about it.

Anyway, I too am looking forward to her new legs. Did you notice a substantial difference? Was it worth the money and piece of mind?
Luke replaced Bambi's a couple of months ago, including welding on shock brackets which didn't come on the axles for that year. Raised the trailer about 2 inches. Had an uneventful drive home...just what I wanted.
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Besides getting new drum brakes, it sounds like we replace the axle for trailer preservation. Doesn't sound like the upgrade changes how the TT feels behind our TV much.
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