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Old 11-01-2007, 02:05 PM   #1
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Axle Replacement - 1999 34'????

Hi All...just looking at a 1999 34' online and was wondering what the "normal" life cycle is for the three axels on such a unit. Looks like it has been well taken care of but is approaching 20 years ols???

Also, if new axels were need now or in the future...what would a rough cost estimate be...with disc brakes added???

I tend to bring toys to "like new" shape and would want to replace axels and brakes if they were at all "tired".

Thanks...Tom R
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:14 PM   #2
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20 years old?

this must be an 89?

and a narrow body?

axle life cycle surely must relate to usage...

moving good, planting not good.

3800$ for axles and discs on a triple...

+/- 500$ for 'surprises'...

that may seem low, but it is what i remember from the a/s service sign...

winter discount is 10% i think...

that is using kodiac discs, and whatever flavor axle (dex/hensc) the a/s service enter is using

i don't think the dexter brakes will fit behind the rims on that unit....

just a guess.

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Hi All...just looking at a 1999 34' online and was wondering what the "normal" life cycle is for the three axels on such a unit. Looks like it has been well taken care of but is approaching 20 years ols???

Also, if new axels were need now or in the future...what would a rough cost estimate be...with disc brakes added???

I tend to bring toys to "like new" shape and would want to replace axels and brakes if they were at all "tired".

Thanks...Tom R

The following article will will teach you how to check the axles out yourself.

Dura Torque Axle

The biggest enemy any torsion axle has, is lack of use.

Rubber must be exercised to stay alive. If that trailer was parked for 2-3 years or more, without being moved, then the rubber rods go south, which makes the axles bad.

If the torsion arms are parallel to the ground, without the trailer having a payload in it, then when the trailer hits bumps, it will bottom out. When that happens, all sorts of damages will occur.

As long as Henschen axles made after 1974 are exercised some what frequently, they will have almost an unlimited life. 40-50-60 years, is not impossible.

Welcome to Airstreaming.

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Old 11-01-2007, 02:26 PM   #4
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Currently owned by second owner for last three years...may have been "parked" at an AS Park for the last two years.

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Old 11-01-2007, 02:26 PM   #5
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Crawl undr the trailer and look at the arm on the opposite side. As the arm leaves the axle and goes toward the brake drumb it sould be trending downwards. If the arms are level or trending upwards they are in need of help. Now go to the other side and check.

My 34 the axles were trending upwards when I bougth it at less than 3 years old. I think Airtream put the wrong axles under the trailer.

You can also check the tag on each axle, mounted about center. They shold be 2800 lbs.
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Hi All...just looking at a 1999 34' online and was wondering what the "normal" life cycle is for the three axels on such a unit. Looks like it has been well taken care of but is approaching 20 years ols???

Also, if new axels were need now or in the future...what would a rough cost estimate be...with disc brakes added???

I tend to bring toys to "like new" shape and would want to replace axels and brakes if they were at all "tired".

Thanks...Tom R

The cost of replacement axles, is a function of using original equipment or changing to another manufacturer.

Original equipment replacement axles with electric brakes, cost $800.00 each. Without brakes, they cost $500.00 each.

If you wish to add disc brakes to your axles, you will be limited as to which wheels will work, which depends on whose disc brake kit you may choose.

There are several brands of disc brake kits available, some very good, some not.

Staying with the disc brake system components that the Airstream factory uses, will enable you to receive service should you have a problem during a trip.

Airstream uses Kodiak disc brakes, with an Actibrake actuator.

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As long as Henschen axles made after 1974 are exercised some what frequently, they will have almost an unlimited life. 40-50-60 years, is not impossible.

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Andy,

I have always wondered what "some what frequently" means. How many times a year and how many miles in motion?

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Andy,

I have always wondered what "some what frequently" means. How many times a year and how many miles in motion?

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Once or twice a year, and perhaps 200 miles or more, each time.

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Andy,

Thanks, hopefully everyone with an Airstream can travel at least that much each year.

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Thanks, hopefully everyone with an Airstream can travel at least that much each year.

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Hi Bill...at the AS Park here in Minnesota...alot of them are more like "cabins"...only being moved twice a year to and from the storage field accross the road...kind of sad. Seems that is what a "park Model" is for !

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Once or twice a year, and perhaps 200 miles or more, each time.

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So 5000 miles this year is good? Thanks.

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PS: Now when are you opening an EAST Coast location. Virginians want to know?
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Old 12-13-2007, 04:22 PM   #12
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To TomR -

If you do need to have axles replaced, and don't wish to do it yourself...Hart Trailer Sales in Long Prairie MN (former Airstream dealership) does an excellent job for about the most reasonable price that I've found.

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Hi David...actually I was talking to one of the share owners at AS Park. I assume you still have your site there?

I think is was a 1990 34' but the fellow was asking a pretty high price and seems to have taken it off the market...rather than lower his price. It was in the for sale section here on the forum.

PM me if you see any real clean units at the Park...probably late '80s to late 90s...with an owner that wants to sell and isn't pricing a 20 year old trailer based upon the price of a new one ...Thanks...Tom R
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