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Old 10-04-2006, 03:41 PM   #43
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I did measure and change. I have an Ez-Lift hitch mount with a series of holes for vertical adjustment. I moved it 2 holes up or about 4" and it is very-very close to being level.

I think it will be exactly level after I load the trailer with groceries, full LP tanks, tools, bungee cords and all of that other detritous I always end up taking with me.
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Old 10-04-2006, 03:47 PM   #44
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If I had no intention of ever towing with a 1/2 vehicle, I would not have went to the expense of adding shocks to the Dexter install.

I think they are probably superfluous, but am going to defer to the engineering experts at Airstream.

However, Dexter also has some engineering experts and I am confident that they engineer, produce, sell and warranty more axles and running gear installations in a month than Airstream does in 10 years. Dexter did not recommend or recognize the needs for shocks on their axles for any application (including Airstreams). But they were glad to provide the mounts at my request.

I mainly replaced the shocks to keep any resale value with a very educated "Airstream Savvy" buyer
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Old 10-05-2006, 09:13 AM   #45
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You're correct!

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If I had no intention of ever towing with a 1/2 vehicle, I would not have went to the expense of adding shocks to the Dexter install.

I think they are probably superfluous, but am going to defer to the engineering experts at Airstream.

However, Dexter also has some engineering experts and I am confident that they engineer, produce, sell and warranty more axles and running gear installations in a month than Airstream does in 10 years. Dexter did not recommend or recognize the needs for shocks on their axles for any application (including Airstreams). But they were glad to provide the mounts at my request.

I mainly replaced the shocks to keep any resale value with a very educated "Airstream Savvy" buyer
Trevis,

You are correct - torsion axles do NOT require shocks - even Henschen says so on their website.

However - be careful about this debate - some folks get very very upset about this issue.
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Old 10-05-2006, 09:28 AM   #46
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"up 4"" is quite a change. But I'm still wondering how high the top of the coupler is, when the trailer is level, and parked on level ground.
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Old 10-05-2006, 02:13 PM   #47
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I'll check next time I get it on level pavement.

From looking at brochures and photos, I am pretty sure it is about 1 in above the "from the factory level". It had settled very low on the old axles.
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Old 10-18-2006, 03:23 PM   #48
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Hi--Last week I had two Dexter #10 3500lb Torflex axles with 10" brakes, standard bearings, 22-1/2 degree down angle, with reverse brackets mounted on my 1973 27' Overlander, by Mutual Wheel Co., Milan, IL (309-757-1234 Ron Stone, Mgr.). The originial measuring is covered in my posts #7 and #9 of this thread. My installation was similiar to "trevisgardne", as shown in his great pictures in posts #31 and #37 also this thread.

The square axle is the same size as the originial Henschen, and fit into the A/S frame notch. The mounting holes in the A/S were 9" between centers, while the holes in the Dexter reverse mounted bracket were 8" between centers. The bracket holes were adjusted to fit the mounting. Although I do not believe shocks are required on Torflex axles, the shock brackets were removed from the old axles, and welded to the new axles (easy change). The shocks were also reused as they had been replaced and were good. An external gray water tank (this A/S did not originally have a gray water tank) had to be dropped, and remounted which increased the labor cost. Price of each axle was $404 (with no freight charge), and total cost with tax was $1274. My hitch ball height stayed the same at 19-1/2", but the A/S now rides exactly level, where it previously sloped down to the rear with the old axles.

I went to Mutual Wheel to have the work done based on recommendations by "63air" who previously had axles installed by them, and was very pleased with their work ethic, and attitude. The price I paid, was the price I was quoted.

The 90 mile trip back home with the new axles was very smooth, but it will get the 1000 mile test, next month.--Frank S
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Old 12-12-2006, 08:27 PM   #49
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I've been following this thread for some time and, since it is time to change the axles on my '69 Sovereign, I have followed the hints and called the closest Dexter supplier (RedNeck RV, in OK) and got the recommendation of a dealer in my Area that will do the order and install. My ballpark price is $355 for each axle and total labor of approximately 5 hours at $50 per hour. I will be visiting the local dealer to set up the deal in the next few days. Will have to wait till after the first of the year to get it done, unless of course Santa Claus leaves me a big check. Maybe now I can stop worrying so much about popping rivets, frame separation, bouncing Televisions etc. One more step towards a livable Airstream.
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I have followed the hints and called the closest Dexter supplier (RedNeck RV, in OK) and got the recommendation of a dealer in my Area that will do the order and install. My ballpark price is $355 for each axle and total labor of approximately 5 hours at $50 per hour. I will be visiting the local dealer to set up the deal in the next few days. One more step towards a livable Airstream.
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Bill,

Good for you - please keep us posted on your progress.

Additionally, Dexter is the largest manufacturer of axles in the USA. With over 300 service centers across the country - you're in good hands.

Best Regards,
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