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Old 01-28-2010, 10:55 AM   #15
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Go with the Henchens. They bolt right up. No welding, no drilling, no problems. Don't turn a couple of hour job into a weekend adventure unless you have lots of equipment and are very handy using it.
I'm not disputing the logic of getting Henshens, but you don't need lots of equipment to put in Dexters. You will need some jackstands, a couple of jacks, and a good drill with some large bits. Yes it took me a weekend.
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Old 01-28-2010, 11:12 AM   #16
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per pair? or single axle? W/o Brakes? those are important....
Per pair, bare axles.

4500 pound rating each.

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Old 01-28-2010, 11:22 AM   #17
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Really! Well, I'll be. I bet the folks in Jackson Center are pleased about that!

Do you have a link to the retraction, ANdy?
The retraction was by letter, dated December 11, 2009.

Therefore, business as usual.

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Old 01-28-2010, 12:47 PM   #18
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Well guys I am just sitting here with massive sticker shock. I just called Out Of Doors Mart in Greensboro, NC to get a price on axles. They are about 30 min. away from me and they are a very large Airstream dealer.I figured if the prices were fair then maybe the shipping would be cheaper than getting them from somewhere out west. They quoted me $1300.00 a piece for complete axles w/brakes and another $150.00 for freight. If this is the case then I am just going to sell the thing and not even mess with it. Not to mention the trailer needs an awning and they quoted me another $1400.00 for a 21' zip dee. I knew the awning was going to be expensive but not quite that much.
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:03 PM   #19
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Another option...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f437...ion-53757.html

Axis, single axle, less than $400 with brakes picked up at factory
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:24 PM   #20
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If you are going to replace the axles order them "loaded" which means they will come with new backing plates and brake shoes attached. It costs more but the existing brakes on your trailer are still probably the old style round magnet type which can fail if some haven't already. They are not as common as oval magnets are now and are hard to find in stock when you need them the most. We replaced our axles earlier this year with new brakes with oval magnets. Besides the trailer riding much nicer it also stops much better.
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Find a distributor for Dexter or Axis and get a different quote. There are many companies small and large that do this type of work everyday. Look at Dexter's distributor list for a company, a shop that fixes large otr trucks or trailers, a local trusted mechanic that works on your car etc........
Axle replacement is not a complicated process.
Make sure the distributor who orders the axle takes the critical measurements. Otherwise you could be left paying for an axle you can't use.
Depending on your abilities/tools this can be a DIY project. My install only took a couple of hours with a helper.
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Old 01-28-2010, 03:23 PM   #22
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Find a distributor for Dexter or Axis and get a different quote. There are many companies small and large that do this type of work everyday. Look at Dexter's distributor list for a company, a shop that fixes large otr trucks or trailers, a local trusted mechanic that works on your car etc........
Axle replacement is not a complicated process.
Make sure the distributor who orders the axle takes the critical measurements. Otherwise you could be left paying for an axle you can't use.
Depending on your abilities/tools this can be a DIY project. My install only took a couple of hours with a helper.
I ordered my Dexters direct from the factory at considerable savings. For axles other than Henshen you will need the specs. Dexter has an Application Manual you can download that tells you what specs you need and how to measure. This has also been covered multiple times in previous threads.
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Old 01-28-2010, 03:25 PM   #23
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Well guys I am just sitting here with massive sticker shock. I just called Out Of Doors Mart in Greensboro, NC to get a price on axles. They are about 30 min. away from me and they are a very large Airstream dealer.I figured if the prices were fair then maybe the shipping would be cheaper than getting them from somewhere out west. They quoted me $1300.00 a piece for complete axles w/brakes and another $150.00 for freight. If this is the case then I am just going to sell the thing and not even mess with it. Not to mention the trailer needs an awning and they quoted me another $1400.00 for a 21' zip dee. I knew the awning was going to be expensive but not quite that much.
The price sounds a little high for Henshen axles. The Zipdee Awning sounds about right but why don't you fix it rather than replace it?
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Here's how I did mine: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f226...-15132-53.html Begin reading at post 733.

Dexter or Axis can make you a good set of axles at a great price. Mine were $900 delivered to the front door. That's the total price for two axles, by the way. Installing them is far from rocket science, despite what you might read here in some of the threads.

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New Axle Cost

I just ordered a 5000lb. Henshen axle through Inland RV for my 65 22' Safari. It is a complete axle with 12" brakes cost $750.00. I live within 200 miles of the factory so arrangements are being made by Inland RV for me to pick it up saving the high shipping fee. We will spend the night and visit Airstream factory while there.....Tim
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Well guys I am just sitting here with massive sticker shock. I just called Out Of Doors Mart in Greensboro, NC to get a price on axles. They are about 30 min. away from me and they are a very large Airstream dealer.I figured if the prices were fair then maybe the shipping would be cheaper than getting them from somewhere out west. They quoted me $1300.00 a piece for complete axles w/brakes and another $150.00 for freight. If this is the case then I am just going to sell the thing and not even mess with it. Not to mention the trailer needs an awning and they quoted me another $1400.00 for a 21' zip dee. I knew the awning was going to be expensive but not quite that much.
Is the hardware, and parts for the awning in place, or was it removed?. We replaced the fabric on out 74 SOTR and it took about 2 hours start to finish, and fabric is easy to get. (fabric may not be the right word for it).

As for the axles, double check the price, it sounds high,. also check out Axis and Dexter and see if you can get a better price. Many owners have used those brands and report they are not really difficult to put on, never done it myself, but watched others do it.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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