Originally Posted by Lumatic
I'm not saying anything about Dexter vs Henshen, except price. It has already been discussed ad nauseum. FYI, I got my #10 Dexter axles last year for about $350 each plus about $100 total for shipping. That was a lot cheaper than the closest Dexter dealer, and also shipped in a couple of weeks rather than months from the local dealer. If you are going with #11s as I remember the price is about $100 each more. Danny Gilbreath at the factory was knowledgeable and helpful.
Then there is the issue of dropping from 12 inch to 10 inch brakes.
Then, for some strange reason, reports don't state the modifications that are necessary, for installation.
No mention is made that a starting angle of 35 degrees is not available from Dexter.
Then there is the issue of limited weight ratings, that are many times far above what should be used.
An increase of more than 10 to 12 percent is asking for trouble via a rough ride for the trailer. Couple that with over hitching, and the problems quickly start. Of course adding to that, unbalanced running gear further adds to the problems.
For reasons unknown, Dexter has closed it's California plant.
But, if you don't mind the less than the best brakes and starting angle, along with have to make modifications, then the Dexter is cheaper to acquire.
Strange though, many Dexter axles are being replaced with Henschens, on Airstreams that are less than 3 years old. The usual reason, as reported to us, is rubber rod failures.
Some owners, even in warranty, have decide to replace the failed Dexters with Henschens, through us as well as some other Airstream dealers.
As always, it's the buyers choice.
And we all know, cheaper is usually not the better choice, when sacrifices and compromises must be made, to get the cheaper price. That holds true for many many products in our lives.