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Old 06-30-2006, 09:48 PM   #15
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$374 complete - yes!

That seems more inline with the Dexter I know!

Please keep us posted on the install!

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Henry,
Thanks for all your input over the last several months,
I did send Axis a request e-mail but never heard back from them, that was quite awhile ago (about the time you retired).
With your advise and help to others I wasn't concerned about a DIY axle change.
Will make a point to take pic's & post post them.
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Old 06-30-2006, 10:15 PM   #16
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I see that you live in Peoria, I live in Moline and I had Mutual Wheel install an axle got from Inland and the cost was $150. In talking to Mutual wheel they informed me that they could have gotten me an axle at much less cost . I'm not sure who their supplier is. These guys can do virtually any type of suspension work on any size or type of vehicle. They are a very large operation but do very high quality work. The shop in Milan did mine. I think they have a branch in Peoria but the guys up here are very accommodating. In the last 9 months I have put 12,000 miles on the axle and been very happy.
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Old 06-30-2006, 11:54 PM   #17
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Hey axle fans ,

I am not againts competative prices or a good deal .If you can save some bucks and it all works out ,thats great .

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Henry,
Thanks for all your input over the last several months,
I did send Axis a request e-mail but never heard back from them, that was quite awhile ago (about the time you retired).
With your advise and help to others I wasn't concerned about a DIY axle change.
Will make a point to take pic's & post post them.
Thanks
Don
Don,

Thanks for the kind words!

Axis, as you likely know, now chooses not to build Airstream axles - I am sorry that I was not able to help you.

Dexter is a good choice, so good - Airstream installed them on trailers. I have never bad mouthed Henschen - nor will I. Simply, I am saddened by the fact, that like Axis, they will no longer sell directly to the public (AKA: Airstream owners). The only source to acquire the OEM axle for 1980 trailers and earlier has the exclusive rights to charge what they choose (a bit like a monopoly). Several reputable companies in the USA manufacture torsion axles and I feel that people have the right to know that they have options. Equal quality options - sometimes with far better customer support - like 300 dealers nationwide!

I commend you on selecting what was right for you!!!!!!

Additionally, I commend Airstream for showing that the factory can also choose alternative sources!

I look forward to the pictures.

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Hi 63air--I will look into Mutual Wheel for new axles for my A/S. Thanks for the info.--Frank S
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Old 07-09-2006, 02:43 PM   #20
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I got the axle installed with just a couple of extra holes drilled, however I didn't like the lack of support around the holes and took the axle to a welder and had all the bracket holes plugged and welded and then extended the brackets a couple of inches on each end and then added a back up plate to strenghen the brackets and extensions...Then redrilled 4 mounting brackets holes from a template I made. Brought it home and it installed like a breeze.

As soon as I figure out how to post photos, I will
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Old 07-10-2006, 11:13 AM   #21
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Scott,

If you look closely - Dexter is $530.00 (according to the quote obtained) + $200 shipping thus $730 + some welding.

Henschen is $800 + shipping thus $1000.00 with no welding.

Basically the Dexter mounting bracket hole is off by a tiny amount so most folks spot weld the holes closed and drill new. Dexter Engineering (like Axis) say's the shocks are not required on a torsion axle but I understand most Airstream owners prefer them - thus additional welding is required, which adds to the welding cost. Is the welding, if you cannot do it yourself worth $270 (transfer 2 shock brackets and spot weld 4 holes closed) - that, you will have to decide.

It is always important to compare apples to apples.

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Freight charges vary depending on the distance.

Certainly, a $200.00 charge for shipping from Ohio to Illinois, is a "guess" very well misquoted.

Direct replacement parts are always desired. Sustitiute parts usually create more problems than they solve.

Since most Airstream owners "demand" that their trailer stays original, it will be interesting to see what those trailers will sell for, that were modified with other than original parts.

Sounds almost like a some of the E-bay stuff, that goes sour.

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Direct replacement parts are always desired. Sustitiute parts usually create more problems than they solve.

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Andy,

Not always, try talking Ford into installing Firestone (original) tires on an Explorer.

Additionally, Airstream, as you know, has used the Dexter axle. Are you suggesting the factory would install inferior componets worthy only of eBay??????????

Did you read the entire post - it ended up being $374.00. That's about $625.00 less than the other OEM axle.

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Additionally, Airstream, as you know, has used the Dexter axle.
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NFL.

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Old 07-13-2006, 09:50 PM   #24
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Since most Airstream owners "demand" that their trailer stays original, it will be interesting to see what those trailers will sell for, that were modified with other than original parts.

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To draw a similarity; I have a K&N intake on my van. It is, by far, better than the original OEM intake. It costs less than buying a brand new OEM intake from GM as well.
The van also came equipped with Uniroyal Tiger Paw Plus P215/75R15 tires. When they wore out, I bought Goodyear Eagle P225/70R15's for it. If I would have bought the OEM-spec tire from the dealership it would have cost me far more to get, what I felt, was something of lesser quality.
I do not think it really matters to the resale as to what axle is underneath the trailer. So long as it is a good axle and is not sagging.
When I sold my 24 footer with new Dexters under it no one asked, "Is it an OEM axle?", when I told them it had new axles under it. That same trailer had a nearly new Norcold fridge too. Not an original replacement.
All that was noticed was that I had taken my time and restored and repaired the trailer with new, quality parts. I sold it a little over two years ago for $6,500 no questions asked.
I do not think it is a matter of whose parts you use, so long as you took the time to repair or replace things that were broken or worn out.
Just imagine how much a tune-up on our cars would cost if the dealerships were the only places we could get spark plugs, distributor caps and plug wires.
I hate to debunk the theory that these trailers with non-OEM parts might sell for less. Mine sold to the first person who had originally looked at it. They realized they would not have to do anything major to it for quite a number of years. Most of it without OEM parts.
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Right on!

Lou,

That's why I dig you man!

Nothing like a statement from a man who has "been there, done that". Beats an opinion every time. Nothing like "realworld" experience!

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That's why I dig you man!

Nothing like a statement from a man who has "been there, done that". Beats an opinion every time. Nothing like "realworld" experience!

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Henry,

You are STILL my hero, man!

Thanks for the kind words.

People have got to realize that there are other sources out there for replacement components for these trailers.
Just like with cars. Sometimes the non-OEM parts are far superior and much less expensive than the original stuff.
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Right on!

Lou,

I agree.

I can appreciate both stock and aftermarket items - that's what's cool about America.

We as individuals, have a choice and can purchase what we prefer.

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PS: You Da Hero!
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Lou,

I agree.

I can appreciate both stock and aftermarket items - that's what's cool about America.

We as individuals, have a choice and can purchase what we prefer.

Regards,
Henry

PS: You Da Hero!
Each and every time I have bought "non-OEM" replacement parts for my trailer they have met my two unwavering criteria: price must be lower than OEM and quality must be better than OEM. Both of those are met with every "non-Airstream" replacement I have made. My drapes are a perfect example.
This is why stock car racing is not really using a "stock car".
I may be "da hero" but you are "da superhero"!
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