Originally Posted by BillTex
Thanks Andy, I will check position after we move her again in a month or so..
What is "average" life of an axle?
Is 18 years about due?
If Henschen will not rebuild after 20 years, am I better to rebuild now (18 yrs old) or just replace with new in a year or two?
Can any AS dealer do this?
Thanx again, Bill
The life of a Henschen torsion axle, from 1975 and newer, is unlimited, under normal use.
Unfortunately, the rubber rods used from 1974 and older, are all failing. It's just a matter of time.
The rubber rods will take a set, rendering them bad, on "any" torsion axle, if it's under an appreciable load, and put in dead storage for an extended period of time. That time is usually 3 to 4 years.
Many years ago, Henschen would rebuild an axle. That practice ceased some time ago, primarily because of liability factors.
Therefore, if the torsion axle is bad, it must be replaced. Rebuilding is no longer an option.
Henschen axles used from 1969 and newer Airstream and Argosy trailers, are "direct bolt in" replacements. No changes are needed.
Those axles can be replaced by most anyone, that has a few shop tools, like a jack, and a socket set, or crescent wrenches. A jack is not needed except when changing the axle on a single axle trailer. Tandems and tri-axle trailer axles can easily be replaced without using a jack of any kind.
It is not necessary to use a dealer.
Many owners replace the torsion axles themselves.
The hardest part, is disposal of the old axles.