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Old 01-27-2010, 08:10 PM   #1
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New Axles

I appologize if I have asked a question that has already been answered.I am new to this forum and owning an Airstream.I have a 1974 31' International that is need of new axles.What am I looking at for a replacement cost?
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:28 PM   #2
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Why do you need new axles?
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:16 PM   #3
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I need to replace the axles because upon inspection I found that they had a negative camber. It has been sitting for a couple of years.
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If you want the same brand of axle as came w. your trailer, go here:

Inland RV Center Inc.

The prices there don't include shipping, which can be substantial.

You can also read up on Dexter axles in these fora; the prices seem to vary somewhat but are significantly less, but overall a less simple
process.

Paste this into google for lots of info:

site:Airstream Forums - Airstream Owners Community Dexter axles

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Didn't that brand (Henschlen (sp?)) withdraw from the axle business in the US?

I remember seeing their place just up the street from the Jackson Center plant when we went there in November, but I'm sure there was a thread on here talking about them closing it up.
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Didn't that brand (Henschlen (sp?)) withdraw from the axle business in the US?

I remember seeing their place just up the street from the Jackson Center plant when we went there in November, but I'm sure there was a thread on here talking about them closing it up.
That notice was officially withdrawn by GKN, the owner of Henschen.

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Talk to Andy and Inland about Henshens. The other make of axles used a lot are Dexters. I am not sure if Henshen has closed. Dexters used to be a lot cheaper but I've heard they have raised their prices. Henshens will fit right in. For Dexters you will have to order to spec and drill a few holes.
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Why do you need new axles?
Because at 36 years old the rubber is shot. No doubt about it sight unseen...

There is also Axis Axles....
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We just installed new Henshen axles into our 81. Cost around $1,000 w/o brakes from Inland shipped to Florida
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per pair? or single axle? W/o Brakes? those are important....
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That notice was officially withdrawn by GKN, the owner of Henschen.

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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?
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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.
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Thanks guys for all of your input.I guess I will need to decide what to do at this point.Whether to go with the Henchens or the Dexter.I do have a welder and tools and not afraid to use them.The biggest thing is that they fit and work properly.Thanks again.
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You were wanting a replacement cost. I went to the factory and picked mine up,Andy made all the arrangements because Inland is the only authorized dealer in the US for Henshens.
FOB on my truck $1500 that was Complete,thats 2 axles with 12" brakes. Installed myself in about 3 hrs. Oh one other small item "Im 70 yrs old,so whats that tell ya about the ease of installing Henshens.
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