Here are some things I've posted elsewhere that I want to have on "my very own axle thread". I usually get irritated when people post their pics on my thread so, I'm putting it all here on this thread. I did a lot of research and shopping for the best value
in replacement axles.
Here is what I was quoted from four different axle suppliers for two #3500 torsion axles complete with 10" brakes;
Dexter axles from Cowboy Trailer Repair
in Salado, TX
They would only deal with me if they installed the axles in their shop.
Axles $850 each $1,700
Shipping (No charge)
Installation 4hours at $110/hr $440
Total cost (installed) $2,140
Axis axles Inland RV
(This is cut and paste from Inland Andy's price quote)
Complete axles cost $750.00 each.
Shipping them to a commercial address in Zip Code 76548 would cost $395.00.
We have them in stock. The starting angle is 35 degrees, and they are direct bolt in, nothing to cut or weld or adjust.
The only other thing you would need is the mounting hardware kits, which is all grade 8 materials, costs $12.00 each and you would need 2 of them.
2 Axles $1,500
2 mounting hardware kits $24
Total price $1,919
Dexter Axles from Husky Trailer
in Temple, TX
2 Axles $512 each $1,024
(to the store in Temple) $200
(No hardware no shock mounts)
Total price $1,224
Axis axles from Colin Hyde Trailer Restorations
(cut and paste from Colin's price quote)
"All the axles I sell come powder coated, shock brackets installed, "safety lube" spindles, complete brake assemblies with lug nuts, mounting bolts.
Your new axles will cost $430 each plus $250 for shipping. 2 X $430 + $250 Total cost $1110.
All these axles are made in Elkhart, IN. I live in Texas. The shipping cost should be similar. As you can see, they are not.
The Dexter and Axis axles are similar in quality from what I have read. I know that Airstream went to Dexter axles for a while, then went back to Henschen then back to Dexter. Cost or quality? I don't know.
The guys at "Cowboy Trailer Repair" were just shooting from the hip and seemed as if they wished I'd just go away and never return. I'm glad to oblige them.
The people at Husky trailer in Temple were a little clueless as to what was required to obtain the correct measurements for an order from Dexter. I asked them if they would be able to take the measurements if I brought my trailer to the shop. They were very hesitant to commit to taking the responsibility of accurate measurements. The price was OK, but not the service.
Inland Andy was quick to quote me a price and was quick to answer any questions I had until Henschen closed it's doors. Please see this
Colin Hyde was very helpful and his level of expertise with my axle order was just awesome. He was quick to respond to my questions and gave me the feeling that he'd always be there for anything I might need.
When it was all said and done I ordered new Axis axles from Colin Hyde Trailer Restorations.
New Axis Axles ordered from Colin Hyde
Last night it snowed here in central Texas! It usually only happens once a year, so glad we got that out of the way. It was cold for a while this morning but I managed to get motivated and got back to work when the sun came out around 10:00 a.m. I have been kinda dragging my feet with getting the correct measurements to Colin at Colin Hyde Trailer Restorations
for new Axis axles. Today I got it done. I took the wheels off of the rear axle and drug it out from under Abby.
I drilled a hole in two pieces of angle iron to bolt to the hub face for an accurate measurement.
Hub face to hub face was 80"
Bracket to bracket was 61 3/8"
Hub face to bracket was 9 1/4"
I cleaned up the original data plate.
I emailed the measurement sheet to Colin and then called him on the phone.
Axle Order Sheet.doc
It was not hard at all. Anyone with some mechanical sense at all can get the correct measurements. I can't wait to install the new axles when they arrive in a few weeks. Thanks for your help Colin!
The axles should be built within a week. When they arrive, I'll post pics of the install.