Originally Posted by Lumatic
Can anyone out there simply describe the difference between installing Henschen and Dexter replacements? If I got it right the Henschens purdy much just bolt in without having to do any modification whereas the to install Dexters you have to drill 4 new holes for each axle in the mounting plate. What about the shocks? Can you use the existing mounting bolts for Henschens and Dexters?
Can't help you with the Dexter information.
From 1969 on up, Henschens are direct bolt in, with no changes of any kind that need to be made.
All that is needed, is the trailer serial number.
The following information, is for those that may have further "what is the difference" between the two.
There is a very larger Airstream dealer in Texas, that this month, within 48 hours, has ordered 7 Henschen axles.
These axles are all going on 2006 and 2007 Airstream trailers, that are still in warranty, that have had their Dexter axles "fail."
The failures, as we are told, is that the rubber rods have given out and have considerably lowered the trailer to the ground.
Therefore, the owners of two 31 foot and one 34 trailer, have decided, "enough" and have refused the warranty replacements.
Instead, they are paying out of their pockets, to have that dealer install
Henschen as replacements.
This same dealer, over the course of this year, has replaced some 15 other Dexter axles, all with the same failures, and all at the more than willing customers expense.
The Airstream service department in Jackson Center, as we have been told, are more than tired of having to repair new Dexter axles before production can install them. What exactly had to be repaired information, has been withheld for Corporate reasons.
Airstream has an axle dilemma that they have recognized and have taken steps to probably change venders in short order.
Out of warranty replacements, as with anything else, is always the buyers choice.