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Old 08-02-2004, 07:49 PM   #127
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Malcolm,
Glad to hear that you are reasonably satisfied with your new axle purchase.
Your post just reinforces painfull lessons that seem to happen over and over again. "Trust no one, get everything in writing" A reasonable person however would expect that something bulky like axles would be strapped down on extended pallets. I am taking your experiences to heart, and am ordering my axles from Dexter. They agreed to certify that the hole pattern will fit my trailer, and will ship in returnable wood crates, no extra charge.
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Old 08-11-2004, 04:24 PM   #128
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I agree with Andy on this, from experience. 22 years ago I had a 71 Phoenix TravelTrailer with surge brakes. Had to stomp on the truck brakes hard to get any anti-sway brake response. Long slow downgrades would not engage the surge brake either unless you stomped hard periodically. If you didn't, the truck brakes would eventually over heat and fade. There was no such thing as smooth gradual engagement except when briskly stopping for a stop sign or redlight, etc. anything out of the ordinary was risky. A very poor set-up. i'll take my Air Stream electric brakes anytime, over surge brakes, thank-you.
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Old 08-11-2004, 05:06 PM   #129
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Navigator - are you purchasing the "Torflex" axles by Dexter? Will be interested in your response and how they work for you as I have been researching axle replacement for next year and it seems as tho the Torflex are manufactured similar to the Henschen. Keep us notified if you would.
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Old 08-11-2004, 05:17 PM   #130
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Another axle source?

I ran across an add for torsion axles the other day when I was looking for something else. Does anyone know anything about the ones shown at the following site?

http://www.southwestwheel.com/sidebar/promo3.htm

A 3500lb axle complete with hubs and electric brakes is listed at $339.95. I wonder who makes them? It was also interesting to note that the swing arms are evidently mounted on a spline and can be adjusted for a range of starting angles.

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Navigator - are you purchasing the "Torflex" axles by Dexter? Will be interested in your response and how they work for you as I have been researching axle replacement for next year and it seems as tho the Torflex are manufactured similar to the Henschen. Keep us notified if you would.
My 2003 22' International had Dexter axles as it came from the factory. The Dexter shipping tag with Dexter part number was still taped to both axles. They appeared and worked just like the Henschen axles. Except for a bit more hassle in specifying the correct mountings and instial angle, I can't see where Dexters wouldn't work just as well and be a bit less costly to buy.
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I ran across an add for torsion axles the other day when I was looking for something else. Does anyone know anything about the ones shown at the following site?

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They are made in New Jersey by .
UCF FlexiRide
Note that on their site, they state that their axles operate on shear with the rubber bonded to the shaft rather than by compression. They claim some advantages for this such as more damping.

I would worry most about the long-term stress on the rubber to shaft bond. Nice thing about Dexter and Henschen axles is that there are no bonds to deteriorate over time.
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Old 08-12-2004, 02:44 PM   #133
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John - I am still a bit confused about the Dexter axles. Am I understanding that Dexter makes several types of axle? and the "TorFlex" is one of those that has the rubber torsion suspension? Clarification will help me narrow choices. Thanks.

Also, I would be interested in who to talk to at Dexter re: ordering and the guarantees as noted above.
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Old 08-12-2004, 02:52 PM   #134
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I don't want to stir up the Dexter debate, just wanted to say that we're very happy with the new Dexter axel on the Caravel. It rode much smoother than the old one, and stuff inside didn't get tossed around nearly as bad as usual, despite many rough roads. In fact it was only after hitting a particularly bad bump that we would find anything out of place. So after our first 4600 miles, I'm pretty happy with it.
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Hi Stephanie - Really glad I got to meet you at the Rky Mt. Rally and talk w/you about your trailer (and axles). Glad they worked so well for you on the long trip. We are definitely going to be looking at this replacement for next year as much tossing/turning takes place in our trailer lately. The fridge door came off on a trip w/contents running loose and several items have ended up broken or lost (ie, copper tubing to WH propane and the hubcap (said Argosy on it) came off and was lost). Think its time!!
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Nice to meet you guys too. Remember that a small single axel trailer will always do some bouncing around back there, but I think losing the fridge door is a little extreme! Hubcaps, well, anyone could lose those.
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... So after our first 4600 miles, I'm pretty happy with it.
As I recall, your axles have some feature to somewhat repack the bearings in place without removing the hub. Have you pumped up the grease fitting yet? I'm just kind of curious about the utility of the setup.

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I haven't yet. They recommended I bring it back for an inspection, check the bearings, and adjust the brakes after our long trip. Since we have one more short trip this weekend, we decided to take that trip as well, and I'll be taking it to them next week for the check-up. I'm going to have them show me what to do at that time, so I hope I can report back with some more insight at that time.
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Malcolm,
Glad to hear that you are reasonably satisfied with your new axle purchase.
Your post just reinforces painfull lessons that seem to happen over and over again. "Trust no one, get everything in writing" A reasonable person however would expect that something bulky like axles would be strapped down on extended pallets. I am taking your experiences to heart, and am ordering my axles from Dexter. They agreed to certify that the hole pattern will fit my trailer, and will ship in returnable wood crates, no extra charge.
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Navigator,
Did you ever receive your dexter axles? Did the mounts match up and did they have the shock mounts? Were there any issues that did not live up to your expectations?
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