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Old 12-21-2004, 05:54 PM   #1
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Dexter axle installation

The following is submitted as per our customers request for other owners perusal.

This is a Dexter axle, installed on a 1968 22 Airstream trailer, by a Airstream authorized service center. They will not be named at the request of the customer.

Note the metal shims and the numerous holes that were cut into the mounting bracket, in some form of an attempt to make it fit the trailer.

His message is simple. If someone is going to install an Axle, Dexter or otherwise, check it out before you take delivery of the trailer. To him, a Dexter won't begin to fit correctly.

This individual did not do that. After the fact, he was told that he got a quality (?) installation, and nothing else would be done.

Our message is simple. Safety is always the concern. Certainly anyone can see this installation was far from acceptable, and indicates far from acceptable workmanship, as well.

We installed a Henschen axle for this customer, and he is now very pleased.

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Old 12-21-2004, 06:01 PM   #2
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Ok, Andy... they look like Dexter Tor-flex... I recently had a new one installed under my '97 Burro fiberglass trailer... is there something about these in the photo that's significant that we're supposed to notice?

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Old 12-21-2004, 06:01 PM   #3
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Looks like someone is real good at making holes. Pretty obvious someone butchered the the thing to get the mount to work. Sure wouldn't want those little metal tits holding my axel on.
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Old 12-21-2004, 06:13 PM   #4
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I'm confused. Was that axle welded on or cut off or holes blown in the mount to bolt it on. Maybe I better climb under my rig and have a look see to make sense of it all.
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Old 12-21-2004, 06:18 PM   #5
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Excellent questions.

I have revised the post.

Hopefully that answers your questions.

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Old 12-21-2004, 06:18 PM   #6
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.. is there something about these in the photo that's significant that we're supposed to notice?

Roger
Aside from the hole butchering job, the 2 plate shims should not be present on top of the mounting bracket. That surface fits flush under the framerail.
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Thank's Andy A picture is worth a thousand words. What was the Airstream authorized service center thinking when they installed that axle. Oh I guess they forgot to think. Are they still a service center?
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Always fun to see pics from your shop Andy. Keep 'em coming. Zen and the art of Airstream maintenance.
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Thanks for the explanation Andy. I noticed the holes, and the shims on top of the axle. There's no doubt that axle fitting and installation needs to be done by someone who knows what they're doing! I put a 3500 lb custom-fit Tor-Flex axle under my Burro, and the guy who installed it really did a superb job. One nice thing about the Tor-Flex is that the new brackets allow for the axles to be unbolted and be replaced without welding (provided that the brackets are still in good enough condition to bolt the new axle to...). It's the first time I've had an axle other than a Henschen...

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Old 12-21-2004, 07:27 PM   #11
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3500lbs is a lot of axel for a Burro, isn't it? What did it come with originally? I saw one of those at an astronomy camp out last year. It made the Caravel seem big and luxurious in comparison, it was so tiny!

I have a Dexter on the Caravel now, but the install didn't look like that! That's just a sloppy job.
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The Burro is the 17' 7'6" wide 'widebody' model with full bath, fridge, furnace and front and rear dinettes rather than the 13' model. I had a 13' U-Haul CT at 6'8" wide prior to the Burro (actually last spring, I went on a fiberglass binge and bought four and sold three FG trailers in six months... it's another addiction...). At 6'5" tall, the widebody has a full-size queen bed that is much more comfy. Anyway, the Burro's dry weight is about 2200 lbs and it had a 2000 lb Dexter axle without brakes under it. The axle was shot when I bought it. So I spec'd out the 3500 lb axle with brakes at a whopping $290 delivered and paid another whopping $150 to have it mounted!

I use the Burro as my apartment when I travel across the state to do maintenance on my apartment building. It's just the thing for one, and I can tow it with my Toyota pickup.

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Yeah, I have to say the price of the Dexter was a big selling point compared to the other option. Your Burro sounds a lot like the Caravel, length, weight, and features. I also see FG trailers from time to time and they turn my head. I can see how you'd get hooked on picking them up.
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Stephanie...

I used to do that with Airstreams until they got so popular that a trashed frame-off candidate costs more than you used to pay for a nicely refurbed trailer. My favorite was my '61 Bambi, but I nearly bought a '67 Caravel a few years back. Even then they wanted twice what the Caravel was really worth, and I couldn't justify it with the work it needed.

The fiberglass trailers are a nice alternative, and there's an amazing array of them available. AND they're still cheap (although the demand for them is rising as well). I bought the Burro for $2400 and I've probably got another $1200 in it with the axle, fridge, and Fantastic Fan. Frankly, I like the floorplan better than any of the smaller Airstream offerings, and it suits the need I have for it to a "T". They're actually easier to work on in many respects than the Airstreams, and they don't dent when in hails!

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