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Old 06-19-2016, 02:34 PM   #1
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New Dexter for a 18' 69 Caravel

My old original axel had the additional shock on it that attached to the frame.
in order to order a new axel I took my original axel up to the distributor who can order my new axel from Dexter for me. They are telling me that the new axel won't have that option for that additional shock. "That it's not really even needed w/ these new Dexter axels'.
I went to a new AS dealer and looked underneath and sure enough brand new axels from the factory have that additional shock there on the Sport sized trailers.
Any insight into this?
I'm going to try to call AS directly about this and get some answers but if that's a dead end I'm wondering if anyone out there has gotten new axels from Dexter w/ those mounts for the additional shock on them?
Any help is appreciated.

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Old 06-19-2016, 03:31 PM   #2
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Many trailer parts dealers don't understand Airstreams. And many farm wagons with torsion axles do NOT have shocks.

The concern of an aluminum trailer rivited together requires a soft and smooth ride. While a rubber torsion spring axle does provide for that type of ride, travelling at interstate speeds introduces forces that put a strain on the trailer.

If the trailer was made of steel or wood with panels or screwed panels or traveling at speeds south of 45, not having shocks is likely OK.

Dexter states shocks are not needed! And yet Dexter makes the current axle and supplies shock brackets. When placing an order for a new axle the brackets can be supplied and most of the time they will be loose and need to be welded onto the axle.

Good luck with your generic axle dealer.


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Old 06-19-2016, 05:22 PM   #3
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Axles from Industrial Axle company can arrive with the shock brackets welded on from the factory. Mine did.

Safety Tip: Do NOT ask what kind of shocks to use!
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