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Old 04-06-2007, 01:01 PM   #15
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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.

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Old 04-06-2007, 01:43 PM   #16
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The life of a Henschen torsion axle, from 1975 and newer, is unlimited, under normal use.
Can I assume then that the 5-10 negative angle on mine is OK and that this is typical for a heavy (1989) camper that has been sitting in winter storage?

You have seen way more AS's (is that PC??? ) than I have and must have some idea what the normal angle is?

What is the typical angle when brand new?

I have yet to see a post about raplacement on newer AS axles, they are usualy, as you stated, on the older models...

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Old 04-06-2007, 02:52 PM   #17
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Can I assume then that the 5-10 negative angle on mine is OK and that this is typical for a heavy (1989) camper that has been sitting in winter storage?

You have seen way more AS's (is that PC??? ) than I have and must have some idea what the normal angle is?

What is the typical angle when brand new?

I have yet to see a post about raplacement on newer AS axles, they are usualy, as you stated, on the older models...

Bill

Bill.

We have sold many replacement axles for Airstream trailers that are year 2000and newer.

The cause is always the same, other than an accident. Long term storage "without" removing some of the weight from the axles.

There is "no" normal position of the torsion arm, since it is weight sensitive.

The empty, typical brand new Airstream trailer, will have a starting angle of about 15 degrees. That will decrease as you add "pay load" to the trailer.

The number of Airstream owners using this site, let alone posting on it, is not a high percentage, unfortunately.

Accordingly, information posted on the newer years by the owners, is not very much, again, unfortunately.

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Andy-thank you once again;
You are a wealth of AS knowledge!

Sincerely,
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Andy; Thanks for the storage information. I will put it to good use next fall.
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