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Old 01-25-2012, 07:06 AM   #15
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I ordered axles from Inland without any thought of going any where else. The service that I have received and my questions answered are worth it. I have done business with Andy and his staff for my water tank, water heater, new door hinges and have been very happy with their service.
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:18 AM   #16
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Thank you all for your inputs, I have made my decision and placed my order.
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:26 AM   #17
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I thought Dexter made axels that would fit our trailer as well?

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Old 01-25-2012, 07:31 AM   #18
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To the best of my knowledge, Axis and Dexter are now the only two torsion style axle makers for the size axles Airstreams use. I ordered my Axis ones from Andy, but picked them up at the factory to save shipping costs (three axles are heavy and expensive to ship) There are other vendors from which you can order as well including the Dexter axles.
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:45 PM   #19
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I thought the Henshen made Airstream axels? So are their 3 manufactures now or what?

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Old 01-25-2012, 02:54 PM   #20
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Old 01-25-2012, 03:05 PM   #21
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Axis acquired Henshen in 2010.
Axis dd not acquire Henschen.

Axis did purchase some of their equipment.

Axis also hired Henschens sales manager, who provided Axis with some information.

That person subsequently quit Axis as he felt that the big bosses "played too many games", which was his words, not mine.

As it appears today, there quite well may be different game plans, which depends on who the person may be.

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Old 01-25-2012, 03:37 PM   #22
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I have Dexter's and had Luke (that is the only name he uses, just Luke) in Fort Collins CO put in for me. We talked about the options Dexter had and I went with the externally grease ones (a Zerk on the outside of the hub), self adjusting brakes, longer brake magnet wires (so the connections could be pushed above the belly pan) and as I recall a 4500 # rating for my single axle 20' Argosy. (I had it weighed and we went from there) I also had new AS shocks and Dexter factory built shock mounts.

One additional thing that can be set with Dexter is the length of the axle stub from the factory mounting brackets. My Argosy had it's tires running very close to the sheet metal outside, so I had my axle made one inch narrower, hub to hub face, so I had a small amount of additional clearance. That makes it easier to change tires.

Luke did a great job of installation, and guiding me through the possibilities of Dexter axles. This past summer I put 16" alloy wheels on and Goodrich LT 225/75 16" tires. The combination of all the small changes made for an excellent final result. Now, I just travel, with few worries, an occasional shot of grease in the bearings, and air pressure check of the tires. Life is good.
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Which Axles?

I had Dexters installed and the results were good.
Just be sure you familiarize yourself with the specs that YOUR year and model of Airstream uses, be sure that your installer orders exactly according to those specs and understands the correct geometry of the mounting and shock absorber. I "thought" that mine did but when I went to pick it up everything was wrong. Fortunately, after a discussion with me and the nearest Airstream dealer, he realized his mistake and replaced the axles with the properly spec'd ones.
It's always about the details. Without everything being correct the advantage of new axles is greatly diminished.
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GKN/Henschen closed in 2010. Assets were sold and that piece of business no longer exists.

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I purchased from INLAND and Andy arranged for my truck to pick them up at the factory(Henshen before they closed) and I installed them myself. I am very satified with the whole transaction.
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:12 PM   #26
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So Dexter makes the current axels for Airstream?

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So Dexter makes the current axels for Airstream?

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The two manufacturers of axles for Airstreams are currently Dexter and Al-Ko.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:46 PM   #28
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So Dexter makes the current axels for Airstream?

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Your absolutely correct.

But, Dexter will not make axles with 12 inch brakes below a 3500 pound rating.

There are several thousands of Airstream trailers that are equipped with 12 inch brakes that are below the 3500 pound rating.

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