Originally Posted by Ganglin
Did a recent thread with several question and no photos. I'm going to break those up into individual questions. Starting with this one.
She tows well and handles bumps and dips well. Axles look like the originals. Photo not the best from the inside - they appear to be dead level. What do you think about the need to replace these. Just got a return call from Airstream - estimate is $1,300 per axle installed - I already have the shocks and new shock bolts. Thanks......
I did an axle replacement last spring. My trailing arms were still pointing down, but were stuck in that position. Just jacking the trailer up and seeing the wheels didn't drop at all when the weight was removed from the axle was enough evidence they were bad for me. I went with dexter axles which I ordered from Starbrite trailers on W. Broad st in Galloway. The total cost with shocks was about $1000. Here's the thread I started and what installing the Dexters took. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f437...ted-22508.html
I've been very pleased, the trailer rides pretty nice. 2500 miles on them last year and rarely did anything move around in the trailer and I've not noticed any damage to the shell etc...
I've also heard that the Dexters can be custom ordered to fit the trailer without modification, but I've not done that. You could likely save some money going with Dexters, but it'll also take more time for the install.
If you can afford to order the original axles from Inland, they should pretty much be "plug and play" and not require modification to install, however they are more expensive. Looks like they are $800 each for a complete axle. But you could save on shipping costs by picking the axles up direct from the manufacturer (Henschen) which is right next to the AS factory in Jackson Center. This should also avoid any shipping damage problems. If you want to save some money on the install, I'd be glad to help out some Saturday for the price of a campsite near yours
(PM me if interested) It's really not that difficult to install them, but the axles are somewhat heavy and having an extra set of hands to jockey it around is a real plus. It'd likely take us 4 hours or so to switch out your axles with new Henchens. You'll have to provide the floor jack though, mine decided to give up the ghost Tuesday, suddenly dropping my truck onto the driveway 1/2 way through a brake job