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Old 11-18-2010, 03:57 PM   #57
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Any news?
The news is all "GOOD".

But, a couple of blanks still must be filled in.

Then the complete story can be told, instead of bits and pieces.

Be patient.

Most new things are like a puzzle. Gotta make all the pieces fit together.

As we all know, that can take a little time.

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Old 11-18-2010, 04:00 PM   #58
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and so we continue to simmer in anticipation...
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:54 PM   #59
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I spoke with the folks who are making the Henschen axles now. I originally planned to pick them up today, but there was an issue with an "arm" part of the assembly. They are going to be ready for pickup tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon. The plan is to run up to Elkhart, pick them up, come back down here for Thanksgiving with my family and Sister-in-Law's family, then return home to Atlanta. Once I return home, I will write a full report of the experience.

Hopefully by then Andy will have been able to fill in the blanks he mentioned. That way ya'll have a complete picture of the process.

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Old 11-23-2010, 11:09 PM   #60
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Are Henschen axles the original type axles which came on our AS's?

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Old 11-23-2010, 11:36 PM   #61
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Are Henschen axles the original type axles which came on our AS's?

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Yes.

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Old 11-24-2010, 09:42 AM   #62
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Thanks Andy.

I'm going to be watching for your reply whenever the time's right for your update to come out (if I've been following this thread correctly). Next Spring (or possibly Winter) we are going to be ordering axles for our 1969 Tradewind. (As well as shocks and that balancer for the wheels, I can't remember what it's called.)

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Thanks Andy.

I'm going to be watching for your reply whenever the time's right for your update to come out (if I've been following this thread correctly). Next Spring (or possibly Winter) we are going to be ordering axles for our 1969 Tradewind. (As well as shocks and that balancer for the wheels, I can't remember what it's called.)

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Good things sometimes takes a while to finalize.

The balancers are called Centramatics.

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Old 11-24-2010, 12:52 PM   #64
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Man Im sure glad I got mine when I did. There are always kinks in new operations. But I hope not.
Craig, be careful OBEY the Speed limits WATCH OUT FOR CRAZY'S . When ya see em let em go GET away from em.LOL
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Good things sometimes takes a while to finalize.

The balancers are called Centramatics.

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So Andy, what is the news with the Axis purchase of GKN's tooling and equipment? I'll be buying axles soon and wonder who to call for the originals.
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So Andy, what is the news with the Axis purchase of GKN's tooling and equipment? I'll be buying axles soon and wonder who to call for the originals.
We have all the original specs and part numbers.

So far, Axis has redirected Airstream and Argosy owners to us for ordering.

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AS I posted earlier, I ordered a new set of axles from Axis through Andy/ Inland RV. Since I was planning to be in Indianapolis for Thanksgiving anyway, Andy set it up for me to pick them up at the factory in Elkhart, Indiana. Axis Products makes a ton of axles. From small ones for our trailers up to monsters. They were stacked around the yard when I got to the factory. the people couldn't have been nicer. Pickup was easy as was the drive back to Atlanta. Just a side note for those considering pickup, I have a 2009 F150 with a 5 1/2' bed. With the tailgate down, I had about three inches of extra room with the axles fully supported and tied down very securely.

For all intents and purposes these are exact matches for the original Henschen axles on our 97 Airstream. I will write a separate thread with installation pictures.
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For all intents and purposes these are exact matches for the original Henschen axles on our 97 Airstream.
Craig:

Hopefully you did not cover this earlier and I missed it, but why are you replacing the axles on your '97? Seems like your trailer is way too new for that.

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The trailer sat for about 10 years without moving. The result was that without exercise, the rubber rods in the axles essentially "froze" and provided no suspension. When I would jack the trailer up, the tires wouldn't drop at all, just frozen in place. The new axles move very nicely and the trailer rides almost three inches higher, just like when it was new.
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I am currently resizing my pictures, so that I can load them into a thread describing the install. I think I will call it "New Henschen/Axis Axle installation" Give me about 20 minutes and hopefully it will be up.
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