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Old 11-10-2010, 12:35 PM   #29
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Yes it is rather premature to replace the axles on our 1997 trailer, but it is necessary. My in-laws purchased the trailer new after they had a wreck with their new 1996. After towing for a couple of years between Penn Woods and Travelers Rest with stops in between with their three daughters, they parked the trailer in Penn Woods around 2000. Towing a 34' was too much they said. At the same time they bought a Franklin trailer for use in Travelers Rest and spent the next few years driving between the two places.

This meant that the 9000+ pound Airstream just sat without any exercise for the rubber rods in the axles for about 9 years before we started using it. The lack of movement ruined the axles.

The good part is that Andy at Inland was able to set me up with a new set of 3500# axles, fully assembled with 12" brakes. It was going to cost big $$ to ship from California to Georgia where we live, but the Henschen production is starting back up in Elkhart, IN. I told Andy that we were going to be at my sister-in-laws in Indianapolis for the Thanksgiving holiday and he is arranging pickup at the factory for me to save the shipping $. As an added bonus the rubber rods in the axles couldn't be "fresher". The new axles will also give me about 3" of increased clearance over the frozen axles currently on the trailer.
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Old 11-10-2010, 02:41 PM   #30
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Just ordered a set of Dexters for my 77,3500# with upgrade to #11 spindles,my brakes and hubs don`t have over 1,000 miles on them so they will get installed on new axles.
Ordered 22.5 degree,reversed flanges,price was $316.20 each. Dave
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:08 PM   #31
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773,500#? That weighs more than the 777 I drive! What kind of trailer do you tow and with what?
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:59 PM   #32
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This sounds very similar to what I was doing to my '74 Overlander this time last year. I too wanted "cheaper" than Henchsen. I went with Axis. So far I'm happy. They customer made everything to my spec. except for one thing. That one thing was the hole spacing on the mounting plate. Stock on a '74 is 9". The "industry standard" today is 8" and neither of the centers are exactly on the same center as the ol' Henschens. So, I had to do some not-so-fancy drilling / milling / grinding but eventually I was able to get the bolts in correctly and the axles have worked wonderfully for the last year. FYI on my axles: 3000lb cap. each, 22.5 degr. down, 5 bolt plate for 12" brakes which I swapped over from my old axles. I did all the work alone in my yard and/or driveway with common tools and a set of automotive ramps.
That's sounds like just what I need though I might up the axles to 3500lb cap. I also want to go 30 degr down instead of 22.5. I would like to swap my breaks over as well as they seem to be in pretty good shape. Did you look into Dexter at the time and what made you choose Axis just currious. Do you remmeber about what you paid and I imagine you had to pay shipping as well. Sure adds up in a hurry. Okay thanks for the info and you take care.

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Old 11-10-2010, 07:03 PM   #33
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Just ordered a set of Dexters for my 77,3500# with upgrade to #11 spindles,my brakes and hubs don`t have over 1,000 miles on them so they will get installed on new axles.
Ordered 22.5 degree,reversed flanges,price was $316.20 each. Dave
That's sounds like a good deal. Did you deal directly with Dexter or did you go with one of their distibutors?

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Old 11-10-2010, 07:48 PM   #34
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That's sounds like just what I need though I might up the axles to 3500lb cap. I also want to go 30 degr down instead of 22.5. I would like to swap my breaks over as well as they seem to be in pretty good shape. Did you look into Dexter at the time and what made you choose Axis just currious. Do you remmeber about what you paid and I imagine you had to pay shipping as well. Sure adds up in a hurry. Okay thanks for the info and you take care.

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I forget now, but there was someone on here that was singing the praises about Axis when I decided it was time to buy (make sure you search on the Airforums here for "axle" threads, there's MANY of them). I looked at bare Henschens from Andy and then I checked with Axis. Axis was really willing to work with me even to the point of shipping. I had the axles drop-shipped at a local Estes freight terminal. I just had to go there with my flatbed trailer and they loaded the pallet right on to it and away I went. All told it was around $500 including shipping. I never investigated Dexter because in my mind it was either Henchen or anything else. I'd be willing to guess that a Dexter axle vs. an Axis doesn't look much different unless they use different color paint.

I must say that I am happy with the performance of the axles and I am happy overall. But there were times where I was cursing repeatedly, banging with large hammers, and even considering a blowtorch during the install process. At the time, I didn't own a blowtorch (now I do). Maybe that was a good thing. I did get it done with minimal tools and no undue destruction (and a few evenings of just stopping to calm myself). I learned some things along the way. If you can pony up the $ for bare Henschens from Andy, go for it. Your axles will be done in a day, not weeks. But you'll have a few hundred $ less in your pocket.
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773,500#? That weighs more than the 777 I drive! What kind of trailer do you tow and with what?
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:53 PM   #36
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That's sounds like just what I need though I might up the axles to 3500lb cap. I also want to go 30 degr down instead of 22.5. I would like to swap my breaks over as well as they seem to be in pretty good shape. Did you look into Dexter at the time and what made you choose Axis just currious. Do you remmeber about what you paid and I imagine you had to pay shipping as well. Sure adds up in a hurry. Okay thanks for the info and you take care.

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Dexter,your choice is 22.5 or 45,with axis axles you can get about anything.
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My AS is a 69'. When it was built it was most likely pulled by a station wagon, likely with manual (non power) drum brakes. I'm sure 12" brakes where considered a must when it was designed. I dont believe that is the case in 2011. I'm sure we could fight about it for days, but the fact is no trailer of that weight comes with 12" brakes today. The brake controls are not comparable either. The reason 3500# axles come standard with 10" brakes is because thats all they need. I know the theory of bigger is better, but it is also a waste of money!
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My AS is a 69'. When it was built it was most likely pulled by a station wagon, likely with manual (non power) drum brakes. I'm sure 12" brakes where considered a must when it was designed. I dont believe that is the case in 2011. I'm sure we could fight about it for days, but the fact is no trailer of that weight comes with 12" brakes today. The brake controls are not comparable either. The reason 3500# axles come standard with 10" brakes is because thats all they need. I know the theory of bigger is better, but it is also a waste of money!
Bingo! Even new Airstream's come with 10" brakes on the 3500 lb axles. I've seen it myself.
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