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Old 07-14-2015, 08:45 AM   #71
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How about getting the increased down angle on new axles? Colin mentioned it when we discussed new axles and I am interested. Has anyone purchased /installed axles with the increased down angle? Instead of 22 degrees they come at ?38 degrees? I cant remember the exact angle but he said it translated to a 1" height increase.
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How about getting the increased down angle on new axles? Colin mentioned it when we discussed new axles and I am interested. Has anyone purchased /installed axles with the increased down angle? Instead of 22 degrees they come at ?38 degrees? I cant remember the exact angle but he said it translated to a 1" height increase.
32 degrees provides about a one inch gain.

You can also extend the frame downward using rectangular tubing and the welding the axle bracket to that tubing, making sure that the axle alignment is correct.

Then you can add, within reason, several more inches of clearance.

But, keep in mind, the axle tubing itself cannot change very much.

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Thanks for all the info. Aside from all theory's and opinions this has been a very helpfull thread. Actual real life use looks to be positive and usefull information. As with any modifications that are made that would potentially change the handling of a vehicle one would weigh the pro's and cons and make the informed choice to do this. Not one post on here as convinced me that this would not be a good choice to do since I for one am getting tired of straighting out those skid plates on the back of my 30' Excella every time I leave my house.
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Thanks for all the info. Aside from all theory's and opinions this has been a very helpfull thread. Actual real life use looks to be positive and usefull information. As with any modifications that are made that would potentially change the handling of a vehicle one would weigh the pro's and cons and make the informed choice to do this. Not one post on here as convinced me that this would not be a good choice to do since I for one am getting tired of straighting out those skid plate on the back of my 30' Excella every time I leave my house.
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Thanks, Michael. I will check that out, best to rely on the actual unit than documentation in this case.

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OK....so I'm a bit confused. I looked under my tralier last night and found out that I have Henschen #7350475-0355KS i.e. 3500# axles made by Henschen and not Dexter.

From what understand from forum searches is that Henschen is the OEM for Airstream and I can't get replacements except from Airstream. OK. So the installations listed above would be for the Henschen axles...

Does this mean than the Henschen axles have the same interface and I can use the Dexter kit?

I would really like to get the extra clearance, but not at the cost of a new set of axles for a trailer that is only 10 years old. Any advice? Thanks in advance.
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Henschen was an axle manufacturer that has closed. I believe it was owned by Airstream and located quite near AirStream in Jackson Center, Ohio.

In any event Dexter is what Air Stream uses now and if ordered correctly the Dexter axle will fit your application.

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Henschen was an axle manufacturer that has closed. I believe it was owned by Airstream and located quite near AirStream in Jackson Center, Ohio.

In any event Dexter is what Air Stream uses now and if ordered correctly the Dexter axle will fit your application.

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Airstream never owned any part of Henschen.

The last owner of Henschen was an English company.

They wanted to sell Henschen but decided that they could make more money by closing Henschen down and selling it's equipment.

Sad way of doing business, but whose to say.

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Colin Hyde has axles made that are closer to the original Henschen design. His service is superior to the "other" suppliers hands down. His prices will probably beat Dexter's. https://sites.google.com/a/colinhyde...ions.com/home/
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Many owners want to update the specs on new axles, basically because tow vehicles today have a much higher profile than the cars that were used back then.

Also many owners want to increase the weight rating for new axles.

10 inch brakes should never ever be substituted for 12 inch brakes.

Lastly, recent laboratory tests of the 2 major brands of axles show a great difference in the rubber rods, the quality of the axle shaft, the amount of welding, and the alignment.

But, as always, it's a buyers choice.

Rarely, if ever, is there a single product that satisfies everyone.

Even diamonds don't make that list.

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OK....so I'm a bit confused. I looked under my tralier last night and found out that I have Henschen #7350475-0355KS i.e. 3500# axles made by Henschen and not Dexter.

From what understand from forum searches is that Henschen is the OEM for Airstream and I can't get replacements except from Airstream. OK. So the installations listed above would be for the Henschen axles...

Does this mean than the Henschen axles have the same interface and I can use the Dexter kit?

I would really like to get the extra clearance, but not at the cost of a new set of axles for a trailer that is only 10 years old. Any advice? Thanks in advance.
OK just a note I contacted Dexter axles and my trailer would use the #10 axle and thus the 2 5/8 inch lift kit. Higher lift kits are not interchangeable according to Dexter as they have different hole patterns.

I still like the idea of 2 5/8 extra inches...it will provide increased clearance for both the rear end and front which will allow me to use a shorter hitch shank and avoid bottoming out there as well.
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:49 PM   #81
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Other that a higher step into the trailer I see no practical downside to raising these trailers. I love only bottoming out once in a blue moon. It makes me happy and much less stressed out about maneuvering around town.
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Other that a higher step into the trailer I see no practical downside to raising these trailers.
Other than having a higher center of gravity and higher profile that the wind gets to work on. Both of these conditions can lead to instability when towing and to some degree when parked.

May not be too much of an issue for most of the time however there are those few occasions like on I 40 in Northern AZ where as much control is needed as one can get.

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In my experience I cant tell the difference in center of gravity or wind exposure, but in any case, an Airstream, even one that is raised three or four is going to be lower than most any other brand trailer.
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But, as always, it's a buyers choice.


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