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Old 12-31-2010, 05:49 PM   #1
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Axle, where to buy

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im about ready to purchase two Axles for our 74 Sovereign after most of the other work is done.
I need to find an inexpensive source, on where to buy a complete pair.
I tried Axis, but was told they sell through Inland RV.

Any suggestion is greatly appreciated.


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Old 12-31-2010, 05:54 PM   #2
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I believe Colin Hyde may also sell axles.
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Hi Sub Happy New Year to you as well.
I bought mine from Inland and am very happy with the axles and the level of customer care I received. Mine were shipped from the west coat to the east and across the border. The freight charges were worth it to receive bolt on units with no problems.
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Old 12-31-2010, 06:21 PM   #4
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Check Dexter's site for a list of distributors. Red NEck Trailer Supply sells them around here I dont know if they are in MS. If you plan to buy from other than Inland make sure you research very well and know what you are ordering. I found there to be many details that need to be considered when ordering from a non-AS familiar dealer/distributor.
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Old 12-31-2010, 06:24 PM   #5
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well i looked at inland, but the price for two complete axles plus shipping is pretty high..
unless, andy has a "buy one get one free" sale :-)
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As has been mentioned above, Colin sells axles. What was not mentioned was the axles are the same Axis axles sold by other vendors, and you may get a better price on them from him. You can send him a PM (he's ColinH), though I can't tell you how to get hold of him off the forum.
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If you weigh your trailer, can measure accurately, drill holes in metal up to 5/8 inch, and properly tighten bolts, then Dexter axles would probably work for you. Best price I have found is through Redneck.
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Is it just me or does Inland RV appear to have a monopoly on airstream axles that inflates prices?

Does anyone else find it odd that when an axle manufacturer sells to a forum member, within a few weeks or months, Inland RV releases a statement that they are now the official supplier and that manufacturer will refer all inquiries to Inland RV?

There is a torsion axle manufacturer near me that sells direct to the public and their axles are similar specs to the Axis, Dexter and Henschen axles, and they're typically $200. Also, Dexter's similar spec axles for other markets are also a lot cheaper.

Is this a correct read of the current situation? Is it anti-competitive?
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OK.
im about ready to purchase two Axles for our 74 Sovereign after most of the other work is done.
I need to find an inexpensive source, on where to buy a complete pair.
I tried Axis, but was told they sell through Inland RV.

Any suggestion is greatly appreciated.


ohh.. and happy new year
It depends on if you want to gamble, or not.

When a dealer has original specs, that's a plus, when they don't, that's a minus.

And no, we don't do the buy one, get one free. Our customers depend on us staying in business, and not kicking it to the curb. That means we have bills to pay, like it or not.

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Is it just me or does Inland RV appear to have a monopoly on airstream axles that inflates prices?

Does anyone else find it odd that when an axle manufacturer sells to a forum member, within a few weeks or months, Inland RV releases a statement that they are now the official supplier and that manufacturer will refer all inquiries to Inland RV?

There is a torsion axle manufacturer near me that sells direct to the public and their axles are similar specs to the Axis, Dexter and Henschen axles, and they're typically $200. Also, Dexter's similar spec axles for other markets are also a lot cheaper.

Is this a correct read of the current situation? Is it anti-competitive?
It's a matter of taking the time, reviewing the original specs, that assures a proper fit. Otherwise, it's a guessing game.

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There is a torsion axle manufacturer near me that sells direct to the public and their axles are similar specs to the Axis, Dexter and Henschen axles, and they're typically $200. Also, Dexter's similar spec axles for other markets are also a lot cheaper.


any info, on who the manufacturer is ? ,if i have to, i drive to TX

i do not have any problems of correct measuring or do any machining.

as long as i can get a good deal, i can modify if necessary
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I installed the axle on my 65 Safari and purchased through Inland RV. Andy was very helpful with info and ordering specs. He arranged for me to pick it up at the factory saving us $200+ in shipping costs. My experience says you pay for what you get.
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And no, we don't do the buy one, get one free. Andy
dern, thought i could at least try

i think the shipping costs are going to be the worst part on purchasing axles.
and believe me guys, i rather purchase from someone, who knows what they are selling .

thanks for all the info so far
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:52 PM   #14
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here a question: i know i need 3500lbs axles, i can take meassurements on the entire axle.. even make a cad drawing if i need to, what are the concerns on purchasing from an axle dealer, that is not familliar with airstream?
maybe you can answer this Andy ?

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