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Old 09-22-2014, 10:29 PM   #57
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Old 09-22-2014, 11:28 PM   #58
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The newer Dexter axles are built on a #11 tube, that makes the torsion tube about 30% larger than the Henschen or Axis torsion tubes. Anyone with pre 90's Tandem axles is riding around on the smaller tubes. I think it was very late 70's (79)or early 80's Airstream incorporated a larger axle mounting notch in their axle plates allowing for the use of either a 2 3/8" or 3" tube. It becomes a must do if you have a 34' to upgrade or you'll subject yourself to the same fate as the previous posters.

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Hi Greg, thanks for the good info. It appears the axle breaks in this thread are the torsion shaft itself, maybe due to fatigue. Do the 3" tube axles have a larger square torsion shaft?

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Greg, are you saying that a #11 tube is 3" in diameter?
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Greg, are you saying that a #11 tube is 3" in diameter?
Not quite.

But the rubber rods are larger.

I will post a photo when I get back, next week.

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Hi Greg, thanks for the good info. It appears the axle breaks in this thread are the torsion shaft itself, maybe due to fatigue. Do the 3" tube axles have a larger square torsion shaft?

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Anything steel, can break for many different reasons.

In the case of torsion axles, a mild steel shaft can break much easier than a tempered shaft.

Processing tempered steel can, but not often, have long term issues, such a fatigue crack, but very rare.

I think the cracking issue, is cause by parking the trailer in a turn, which puts tremendous pressure on the wheels, as well as the shaft, and perhaps leaving it that way for an entended period of time.

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Picked up my trailer yesterday and came home. I can't believe the difference with the new axles! No drawers open, and nothing moved in the trailer, even after the horrible rough road that Hwy 75 is from the US border to Winnipeg. I now am a believer of axle replacement. A big "Thank you" to Andy for getting the parts to Specialty Manufacturing in Bath SD. If anyone in the area needs to get their axles replaced, they are the company to do it. Very reasonable costs and excellent customer service.
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