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Old 01-24-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
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Axle pros and cons.

OK, I have heard from both sellers and both of course say theirs is the best. Now I would like to hear from ACTUAL CUSTOMERS. Why should I buy one over the other? There is a $100 price difference between them. What makes one worth more than the other? Looking for pros and cons of both.
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Which sellers are you referring to? If they are who I think, one is a direct bolt in and the other requires some drilling.
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Which sellers are you referring to? If they are who I think, one is a direct bolt in and the other requires some drilling.
That depends on what year trailer.

But, 2 basic models are available.

1. Made to original Henschen/Airstream specs.

2. The other is a knock off version with substandard materials compared to the Henschen version.

Laboratory tests were performed, one # 2.

History speaks for # 1.

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Yep, those are the two sellers. I have an installer that is going to do the work. He is familiar with both set ups and says it only takes 10 minutes or so more work to install the one requiring drilling and likes the shock mounting set of that one also. He says that he has never had either one come back after installation with any problems. All things being equal (?) I would naturally go with the less expensive one. The more expensive seller will not match the price of the other. One is said to use a more robust spindle with 2 grease fittings. Sounds like a plus to me. I respect both the sellers as the experienced "experts" that they are and want to make the right choice the first time.
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Yep, those are the two sellers. I have an installer that is going to do the work. He is familiar with both set ups and says it only takes 10 minutes or so more work to install the one requiring drilling and likes the shock mounting set of that one also. He says that he has never had either one come back after installation with any problems. All things being equal (?) I would naturally go with the less expensive one. The more expensive seller will not match the price of the other. One is said to use a more robust spindle with 2 grease fittings. Sounds like a plus to me. I respect both the sellers as the experienced "experts" that they are and want to make the right choice the first time.
$100 for 10 minutes work would be $600 an hour. I've installed both kinds (actually 3, I've also installed Dexters), and I'd go with the less expensive one. I own a drill and I'm not afraid to use it.
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I do not believe there is a right or wrong choice. Just different choices. Most manufacturers of any product that want to stay i business for a long time will produce a product that will last a long time. (Look at the automotive industry)

More money usually means a better product and that isn't a guarentee it is better. If the installer states he has never had issues after an installation over a significant number of installs then the sampling doesn't become one of quality or durability. You could look at other things like service availability after the sale. Like what if you are 4 states away, is there a dealer network? Is the delivery time the same? And the difference of a $100 for an installed price does not seem much in my opinion. And I would take the advise of the installler, since it is that person or company you will deal with should there be issues after the installation. Even if it is a product issue.

Also the opinion of a competitor about some one else's product does not count for me. Some one running down the competition does not score high in my opinon. It just isn't nice and I don't do not nice.

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Also the opinion of a competitor about some one else's product does not count for me. Some one running down the competition does not score high in my opinon. It just isn't nice and I don't do not nice.

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Dito, I totally agree and thank you for saying that. That is why I ask for customer responses.
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OK, I have heard from both sellers and both of course say theirs is the best. Now I would like to hear from ACTUAL CUSTOMERS. Why should I buy one over the other? There is a $100 price difference between them. What makes one worth more than the other? Looking for pros and cons of both.
I bought Axis axles from Colin Hyde. You can read all about it here (if you haven't already) Drilling the holes was not a problem.

I read posts about which axle is better, but like Action, I tend not to take the guy's word that is selling. I worked in sales for three years and there isn't a better product than the one I'm selling. That is a sales rule written somewhere.
I do know that these axles that are $100 different are made at the same factory. The level of quality between the two question was posed to the Owner/President of Axis axles. Here is what he had to say:

It is true that I am the owner of Axis Products. I work along side 180 of the finest people that make Axis Products their chosen place of work. We take what we do, and the trust put in us by our customers very seriously. What I want to make very clear to you is that the axle you put under your trailer is the same axle trusted by the United States Military, World Class Construction Conglomerates, Agricultural Companies all over North America, and literally 1000's of customers that make their living in the transportation business moving $500 units up to $600,000 boats. You did NOT buy a second rate axle; you bought the finest materials that are available for running gear. You were NOT given something "less-than"; samples of your axle have been independently tested at the Transportation Research Center in Ohio and proved to be a durable, well constructed axle that successfully conquered a torture track that destroyed the GMC truck that was pulling it. The facts are that Axis Products, Inc. acquired Henschen Axle in the late summer of 2010. At that point Axis Products, Inc.. had more than a million axles on the roads of America, Canada, and Mexico. Of course we recognized the Henschen Axle name and design as something of value. The Airstream company had used the Henschen Axle for years with success, and we wanted to continue to offer it but that doesn't make our time tested axle system worth any less. To me it is like the difference between two luxury automobiles such as Ferrari and Lamborghini. If the requirement was to get to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds wouldn't they both be head and shoulders above the requirement? The truth is that both axles have the same warranty, the same craftsman, and the same quality materials; the difference is that the two axles once were manufactured under two different roofs with different craftsman and now they are produced under one with the same quality minded people. Axis Products stands behind every one of the 4000 parts we sell and every axle we make. We are Quality Driven and Customer Focused and we prove it everyday, we will be here when you need us.

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Buy what you think is best for you. You might want to give Dexter a shot. Any way, you'll be happy with a new axle.
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Lance, thank you, excellant post.
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FWIW, I picked up three new Axis axles at the factory in Elkhart, IN last year and put them under our trailer. They were made as complete assembly's including the brakes and drums, and I have been very happy with them. However, just to be confusing, I found out a couple of months that Dexter makes a self adjusting brake assembly. Even though I will be under the trailer repacking the bearings and checking the brakes as part of regular maintenance, I think I would put the self adjusting units on next time. The Axis axles I wouldn't change a thing about. It was a direct bolt in and do-it-yourself level project.
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Maybe I'm over analyzing this, but I would think drilling more holes in the frame would tend to weaken it. But that may not matter with how smooth are roads are today.
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Tiger,

The holes are not drilled in the frame, but in the axle mounting bracket. I think that the drilling consists of enlarging the existing holes, but I am not certain.

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Maybe I'm over analyzing this, but I would think drilling more holes in the frame would tend to weaken it. But that may not matter with how smooth are roads are today.
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........ It was a direct bolt in and do-it-yourself level project.

For your project there are direct bolt in axles. It is my understanding that at about pre-1969 all model Airstreams require some drilling to make the axles fit.

And with full disclosure I must state I have never changed an axle.

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I put in axles from Inland RV. They were bolt ins, and I order the discs brakes along with 'em. Not cheap.... But they work, and seem first rate and tough.

I think having new axles is far better than not having new axles.

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