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Old 07-27-2005, 04:51 PM   #1
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Bizzare axle news....

I was at my local Airstream dealer today looking over a used trailer he got in and shooting the breeze with him.
Somehow we got on the subject of replacing axles when he informed me that Airstream will no longer be using Henschen alxes.
I asked him if he was certain and he says that came right from his contact at Airstream.
Has anyone else heard this?
I find it hard to believe considering the long relationship they both have shared.
What could be the reason?
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Old 07-27-2005, 07:24 PM   #2
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I was at my local Airstream dealer today looking over a used trailer he got in and shooting the breeze with him.
Somehow we got on the subject of replacing axles when he informed me that Airstream will no longer be using Henschen alxes.
I asked him if he was certain and he says that came right from his contact at Airstream.
Has anyone else heard this?
I find it hard to believe considering the long relationship they both have shared.
What could be the reason?
Did your friendly dealer tell you what Airstream plans to put under their coaches? It will be difficult to tow them without any...
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Old 07-27-2005, 07:28 PM   #3
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That's where they get the AIR in AIRSTREAM.
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Old 07-27-2005, 07:35 PM   #5
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I had heard they were going to use Dexter. But I like Terry's idea better!
You can fill axle tubes made of unobtainium with helium! It would, quite literally, float down the road!
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I've checked Dexter torsion axle prices locally at a Dexter axle manufacturer/dealer, much cheaper than Henschen. My Sob had Dexter axles on it, parts are readily available and cheap.

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I believe it has something to do with the red grease recall, and damage reimbursement, but that is just some scuttlebutt I heard.
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Red Grease????

Could be Mobil 1 grease, that has a tendency to "bleed out". I repacked mine with Amsoil Synthetic grease, which is red, and they seem fine, no adverse effects. I think Pennzoil had a red colored grease at one time too.
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I've checked Dexter torsion axle prices locally at a Dexter axle manufacturer/dealer, much cheaper than Henschen. My Sob had Dexter axles on it, parts are readily available and cheap.

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Dexter stuff is everywhere! That is why I like them.
I will let you know how my Axis axle does. It was about $100-150 less than the Dexter. For that price I will guinea pig it!
Also, it will take four Axis axles to equal the price of one Henschen. That means if I get 6.5 years out of my Axis axle I will break even. I am pretty sure I will get more than that out of it.
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Could be Mobil 1 grease, that has a tendency to "bleed out". I repacked mine with Amsoil Synthetic grease, which is red, and they seem fine, no adverse effects. I think Pennzoil had a red colored grease at one time too.
There was a bunch of axles from henchen that came from the factory on new trailers (2001 IIIRC)with red grease loaded in the bearings. The grease was not up to the task as it was not actually bearing grease and bearings seized, wheels came off, damage was caused. The recall was to have the wheels pulled and checked, if the wrong grease was loaded, it was changed at no charge to the owner.
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Could be Mobil 1 grease, that has a tendency to "bleed out". I repacked mine with Amsoil Synthetic grease, which is red, and they seem fine, no adverse effects. I think Pennzoil had a red colored grease at one time too.

Fuchs also makes red grease. This is one of the premium non-synthetic greases on the market. Not the cheapest but excellent characteristics for grease. Some folks may not know that specification sheets are available for grease, if requested. Two key factors when selecting grease are “temperature” (what temperature the grease will begin to break down at) and “bleed-out” (changing from a semi solid to a liquid). I don’t want folks believing all red greases are bad, just as Pick mentioned, several good ones exist. I guess you could say “Don’t judge a grease by its color”!


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Lets' hope they are great axles, whatever they are!
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Fuchs also makes red grease. This is one of the premium non-synthetic greases on the market. Not the cheapest but excellent characteristics for grease. I don’t want folks believing all red greases are bad, just as Pick mentioned, several good ones exist. I guess you could say “Don’t judge a grease by its color”!
As I said it was scuttlebutt, but the indicator that I was aware of that the wrong grease was loaded was the color. I would never assume ALL red grease is wrong just because it is red. My recommendation is when in doubt change it out with a known bearing grease that is rated for the application.
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I used orange hi-temp grease when I repacked the trailer bearings. It is very sticky and does not bleed out.
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