Originally Posted by Hummer
Just looking around the forum and it would appear a number of folks have replaced their axles and or shocks which begs the following questions:
1. What did the original data plate on the AS axle say your axle(s) were rated at?
2. Did you replace your axle with Airstream factory issue? If so were they rated the same weight or heavier?
a. Did you spec a down angle change? If so how much?
3. If you did not get Airstream factory axles logically they would not come with the shock absorber mount welded on the trail arm.
a. Did you have the shock mounts cut off and welded on the new axle?
b. Did you elect NOT to go with shocks? How did that work out?
4. Did you go with factory shocks or get heavier shocks? If you went heavier what did you get?
b. Part number?
5. Did the new axles raise your rig?
6. Are/were you satisfied with the upgrade you made?
7. If you had it to do over would you get the same or change?
8. How long were the original axles on your rig?
a. Any idea how many miles were on the originals?
b. How many sets of brake shoes have you replaced?
c. How many Magnets?
d. How many hubs?
e. How many bearings?
9.. Please make a overall comment on the changes you made and be as detailed as you can.
This type of information can go a long way to help new owners as well as experienced owners make informed decisions for their rigs.
The answer to your question # 4, is there is only one horizontal shock, that will fit an Airstream, which is an Airstream part, orginally made by Delco and for the last couple of decades, made by Gabriel.
Question # 5 answer is yes, the trailer heigth always increase, when the replacement axles are properly speced.
A second owner, must exert extreme
caution when reading the Henschen data plate.
All too many times, an axle was replaced with one from a junk yard, where the only concern was 'does it fit" without due regard to it's rating.
It's always best to know what the original axle rating was, before ordering a replacement from someone that does not have the historical data.
Also, down grading electric brakes from 12 inch to 10 inch, is an absolute safety hazard
, when considering that proper trailer brakes, will also stop the tow vehicle in the unlikely event of a tow vehicle brake failure, which unfortunately can and does happen.
As an example, perfectly working tandem 10 inch electric brakes, have a maximum stopping power of 7,000 pounds. 12 inch electric brakes, have a maximum stopping power of 12,000 pounds.
Some say 10 inch electric brakes, save money. That's not really true for more than ten to twelve dollars, if even that much. But what a price to not pay, when safety is "very accurately" kicked to the curb.
Safety is not a given.
Safety is by design, or lack thereof.