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Old 12-18-2007, 11:46 PM   #1
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What is the axle replacement process for a 1963 single axle Tradewind? Is there a direct bolt on replacement available?

Is the original axle a Henschen?

Is the preferred replacement axle Dexter or Henschen? I will need to install myself since I live in Indiana (a long way from Calif.). I do have a vintage Airstream dealer nearby (Vintage Campers) if I need some assistance.

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Old 12-18-2007, 11:50 PM   #2
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What is the axle replacement process for a 1963 single axle Tradewind? Is there a direct bolt on replacement available?

Is the original axle a Henschen?

Is the preferred replacement axle Dexter or Henschen? I will need to install myself since I live in Indiana (a long way from Calif.). I do have a vintage Airstream dealer nearby (Vintage Campers) if I need some assistance.

Thanks,
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Is the 63 a leaf or torsion axle?
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Old 12-19-2007, 12:58 AM   #3
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Torsion. Specs indicate it is a Dura-Torque. Is Dura-Torque made by Henschen?
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Old 12-19-2007, 06:47 AM   #4
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Torsion. Specs indicate it is a Dura-Torque. Is Dura-Torque made by Henschen?
Dura-Torque axles are made by Henschen.

From 1968 and back, mounting a Henschen axle requires drilling three 1/2 holes through the axle mounting bracket and through the axle mounting plate.

This eliminates the need to extend the axle mounting plate downward. When the new axle is positioned within the axle mounting plate, it automatically aligns itself.

Install the grade 8 hardware, and the job is done.


There are numerous variations between California and Ohio built trailer fom 1968 and back, regarding wheel well clearances, that require slightly different locations for the shock brackets.

Therefore simply install the new brackets in the same place as they were on the old axle, and it's done.

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What is the axle replacement process for a 1963 single axle Tradewind? Is there a direct bolt on replacement available?

Is the original axle a Henschen?

Is the preferred replacement axle Dexter or Henschen? I will need to install myself since I live in Indiana (a long way from Calif.). I do have a vintage Airstream dealer nearby (Vintage Campers) if I need some assistance.

Thanks,
Mike Brumback
Sorry, no direct bolt on replacement for a '63. Your replacement will require drilling regardless of manufacturer. Do a search on axle threads for price and ease of installment comparisons. Good luck.

Mr replacements:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f437...nts-34646.html

A recent Dexter replacement:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f437...led-38072.html
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Dura-Torque axles are made by Henschen.

There are numerous variations between California and Ohio built trailer fom 1968 and back, regarding wheel well clearances, that require slightly different locations for the shock brackets.

Therefore simply install the new brackets in the same place as they were on the old axle, and it's done.

Andy
Installation of the new shock brackets means you must weld them in place.
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