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Old 04-10-2008, 11:03 AM   #43
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I ordered my new axle for the '64 Globetrotter from Andy. Just got the phone call that it's ready for pickup at the factory. A couple hour roadtrip and it'll be home, ready for install. Thought long and hard about the Dexter but figure either one is probably OK if it's done right. The Henschen gave me an unfair advantage over my less-than-mechanically-inclined brain. No ciphering, no expletives after overlooking some detail that I didn't quite understand, etc. Looking forward to bolting it on with the help of some new pals I found here on the forums. Wife doesn't understand why we're buying a $700 axle if the current one isn't broken. Explained it's like a new foundation under the house. Anybody know how to explain what a foundation is?
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Old 04-10-2008, 11:21 AM   #44
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A foundation is the base upon which all else is built. It is the backbone to any structure and without it being sound, all will collapse.

Holds true for buildings, trailers and even things we're not supposed to talk about here.
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Old 04-10-2008, 11:23 AM   #45
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I ordered my new axle for the '64 Globetrotter from Andy. Just got the phone call that it's ready for pickup at the factory. A couple hour roadtrip and it'll be home, ready for install. Thought long and hard about the Dexter but figure either one is probably OK if it's done right. The Henschen gave me an unfair advantage over my less-than-mechanically-inclined brain. No ciphering, no expletives after overlooking some detail that I didn't quite understand, etc. Looking forward to bolting it on with the help of some new pals I found here on the forums. Wife doesn't understand why we're buying a $700 axle if the current one isn't broken. Explained it's like a new foundation under the house. Anybody know how to explain what a foundation is?
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Foundation.

1. The basis on which something stands or is supported.

2. A cosmetic base for makeup.

3. A corset.

Have her pick one.

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Old 04-10-2008, 12:00 PM   #46
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Thing is, they still make smaller dual axle trailers that aren't much heavier (if at all) than their vintage counterparts. What do they use on those? did they go back to Henschens? I suppose if you call up Dexter and say, "yes, I'd like 1,000 axles, please", they'll do whatever you want.
Yes, quantity always makes things easier.

Airstream uses 10in brakes and smaller axles on the Safari 22 and 23, according to their spec sheet.
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Airstream uses 10in brakes and smaller axles on the Safari 22 and 23, according to their spec sheet.
ahh. that makes sense. I suppose thats always an option for a replacement. wonder how much of a "downgrade" that would be, in terms of braking performance? Of course, it makes the lower price..."less lower", considering you'd have to buy 5 new wheels, and have the tires re-mounted/balanced.
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ahh. that makes sense. I suppose thats always an option for a replacement. wonder how much of a "downgrade" that would be, in terms of braking performance? Of course, it makes the lower price..."less lower", considering you'd have to buy 5 new wheels, and have the tires re-mounted/balanced.
I am not sure about the downgrade, as this is a setup I have never towed. I don't hear owner complaints.
I wonder if the 10in hubs are available with 6-lugs?
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Does anybody know if you can get a Dexter axle with hubs that have wheel studs instead of bolt holes in the 6 bolt 5.5 inch centers?
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Yup. Just add the request when you place the order
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Thank you very much. George.
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I ordered my new axle for the '64 Globetrotter from Andy. Just got the phone call that it's ready for pickup at the factory. A couple hour roadtrip and it'll be home, ready for install. Thought long and hard about the Dexter but figure either one is probably OK if it's done right. The Henschen gave me an unfair advantage over my less-than-mechanically-inclined brain. No ciphering, no expletives after overlooking some detail that I didn't quite understand, etc. Looking forward to bolting it on with the help of some new pals I found here on the forums. Wife doesn't understand why we're buying a $700 axle if the current one isn't broken. Explained it's like a new foundation under the house. Anybody know how to explain what a foundation is?
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I think you made a good choice. The AS was designed with the Henschlens and the installation is not terribly difficult. It did take me all day but then again I am disabled and didn't exactly push the pace. Some Barley Pop helped! Sometimes an OEM product can be improved on, I have not seem anything that improves the Heschlens. If I had something more moder, some sealed bearing in combination with disc brakes would be nice. With the drums, you may as well repack every now & then, that way you can check your shoe were and the condition of the brakes, hubs etc. Sort of keeps you "intimate" with the trailer.

I certainly have nothing against Dexter axels, they make an excellent prodect. Had Dexters on a cargo trailer a few years back. We never really had to do anything outside of routine maintenance on the bearings and brakes. The torsion bars seemed fine. There was a lot of heavy cargo hauled on that trailer and it was a long way from being a new trailer.
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