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Old 04-11-2006, 09:13 AM   #1
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Axle for '63 Tradewind

Newbie here. I have a 1963 24' Tradewind (Serial #: 243T126 if that helps).

Would like to get new Axle, tires and Rims. Have read a ton of posts and I am more confused than ever.

Can anybody tell me what the model number for the Axel I would need and a good source for tire and rims. Phone numbers would be great so I could order.

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Whether you do the work yourself, or have someone else do it, you should contact a few local shops that handle Dexter axles. Here is their list, there are a couple in Rochester.

http://www.dexteraxle.com/new_york

You should also have the trailer weighed with all it's current accountrements and luggage; you may want to upsize the axle rating, especially if you have or want to add A/C or a greywater tank.

Although I talk alot about Dexter axles, I have no connection to them. You could also contact Axis axles or Henchen, although you might end up paying more in freight than if you use a local distributor.

The Henschen axles are available from Inland RV in California. Axis is located in Indiana.
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the Dexter and Axis axles are very close in price. you do pay freight with Axis, so that's a consideration. As I understand the differences, the Axis mounting brackets are a closer fit (sometimes, maybe every time, no drilling required). The Dexter always requires drilling. But if you order a Dexter, they will install it as an extra cost option. The nice thing about that is if it doesn't fit, they order another one and you only pay for the one that fits.

I think Axis will make it right, too, but then there's the shipping....
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I think if you order a Henschen axle, they will drop ship it to you from Ohio, so it doesn't need to go all the way to California and back.
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I ordered Henschens through Inland, and drove to the factory in Ohio to pick them up, a couple of years ago. But I lived in Ohio at the time.
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You can order Henschens from the factory direct. All you need to do is tell them it's for a horse trailer, then give them the dimensions. They don't like it when you tell them you have an Airstream.

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Old 04-11-2006, 09:07 PM   #7
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Hello sigv,

Im just going to weigh in the discussion a little .Happy "tradewinds".You have recieved good advice here . I would agree to take the airstream to a place there in your area and have your axle and shocks (very important) replaced.You can order wheels with the proper load rating and backspacing from andy at inland rv, he can set you up with the correct wheels.I think this way you could just get it done ,unless you want to do the install yourself. I would not be a happy camper if I recieved a new axle shipped to me and it was wrong, free shipping or not. Price is always an issue of importance so checking around is a good idea . It may be possible that inland andy can tell you which exact axle he may have in stock that would fit and you could order it ready to install .He may have all the dimensions already .I dont know if these trailers deviated much in frame widths and such in a given year say like, 62 to 64 trdwnds were the same.Andy would know .

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The scoop!

Your unit came with a Henschen axle from the factory (most likely). Henschen now only sells to OEM's or Inland RV - thus the price is locked at $800.00 plus shipping.

Dexter axle is the largest custom axle manufacturer in the USA and can make a replacement for around $350 plus shipping. However you need to provide all of the measurement's and specifications as they are a "custom" shop. They did however, for a bit, produce axles for Airstream and still may on a limited basis.

Axis Products (also a custom shop) can provide a replacement for about the same money or a bit less.

Reliable Axle could also do the job as could Al-Ko Kober.

So how can the axle cost $800 from one supplier and $350 from all others, including the largest in the USA - simple - "Henschen has named Inland RV as the EXCLUSIVE distributor of Henschen axles for older Airstream trailers".

I worked for Axis prior to retireing about a year ago. I was "key" in the Airstream program at Axis. I do not know how the program has progressed since my retirement but it seems as though they may be slipping a bit - based off of posts on this forum and comments from old customers that I still chat with.

I would strongly recommend Dexter Axle for several reasons - parts availability, reduced shipping, local availability and product support. Just some trivia for you - Henschen axles use a lot of Dexter parts!

I hope this helps,
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Whether you do the work yourself, or have someone else do it, you should contact a few local shops that handle Dexter axles. Here is their list, there are a couple in Rochester.

http://www.dexteraxle.com/new_york

You should also have the trailer weighed with all it's current accountrements and luggage; you may want to upsize the axle rating, especially if you have or want to add A/C or a greywater tank.

Although I talk alot about Dexter axles, I have no connection to them. You could also contact Axis axles or Henchen, although you might end up paying more in freight than if you use a local distributor.

The Henschen axles are available from Inland RV in California. Axis is located in Indiana.
THanks for the list. Amazingly Brads Trailer Supply was on the list and I already had an appointment there for something else on Friday! From the post I have seem, I think I am going to try to get them to put a Dexter Axle on it.

When you say 'bump the GVR' - do you have any suggestions as to what? I do want to add a grey water tank. The unit has an A/C on the roof.

Much thanks to all for the advice - I will let you know how it goes.

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I'd like to add that I called a local trailer shop, and was told that if I brought the old axle in they would send it to Dexter for an "exact" replacement. Pretty cool says I. Now I just need to figure out how to get it there!

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When you say 'bump the GVR' - do you have any suggestions as to what? I do want to add a grey water tank. The unit has an A/C on the roof.
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No, I can't even guess. If at all possible, get thee to a Cat scale and weigh it. Either load it up with all the stuff you would take on a trip, or have a good idea of what all the clothing, fuel, water, beer, dog food, motorcycles and barbells would weigh.

The closer you can get to the actual axle weight (remember to subtract tongue weight), the better your axle will perform. Too light and your trailer will be bouncy, to heavy and it will ride stiff and harsh.

I wouldn't use the original listed weight as more than a very crude estimate. Some people travel with 1500# of added gear, some get by with just a few hundred pounds.
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But of course!

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I'd like to add that I called a local trailer shop, and was told that if I brought the old axle in they would send it to Dexter for an "exact" replacement. Pretty cool says I. Now I just need to figure out how to get it there!

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Good point John - you can always provide a sample for an axle shop to clone!

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I don't know how far you are from Plattsburgh, but GSM and Colin Hyde do excellent work and I think are dealers for Dexter and possibly Hayes brakes. chyde@primelink1.net

My guess would be that you need only the pieces and not the solid axle- unless you've had it tested and see stress crack evidence. There is a purple ink that shows the cracks that they test it with- check it out.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if he has a single axle his weight should be under 3500#? I have a late 50's TW and its 3200- or so it says.

I've had springs replaced as well- nice to do it all at once- parts for the axle, brakes, springs- and I left my old solid axle with just a test and a nice coat of flat black. Its been fine.
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. . . Correct me if I'm wrong, but if he has a single axle his weight should be under 3500#? I have a late 50's TW and its 3200- or so it says.
Mine said 3500#. Is your axle a Hadco?

I uprated to a 5200# axle and added one leaf to the springs. I intend to run around 4500# GVWR fully loaded, with added A/C, gray tank, and batteries.
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