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Old 10-24-2007, 11:52 AM   #15
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For me when I did my axles this spring/summer, it was about my time. The Henschens went in and were done inside of 3 hours. The qustions you have to answer are what is your time worth? Do you want to perform the needed adaptions to utilize another brand? I know there are lots of good people here that have many other considerations to this but that is what it came down to for me. As well the difference in price was only about $300.00 if you go complete with brakes. It is obviously up to you as it is your time and money, and there are lots of success stories for both cases.
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:04 PM   #16
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I would like to know why Henshen axles cost almost twice what a Dexter axle goes for? My new Dexter looks very similar to the original axle on my '64, which I can only guess was a Henshen. For me it came down to cost, I have more time than money. The Dexter would have pretty much bolted into place had I taken a few more minutes to look over the worksheet I was faxed from Dexter. I was in a rush to get the axle swapped, only had 10 days to get a new axle ordered, picked-up and installed before my first trip.

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Old 10-24-2007, 07:52 PM   #17
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This summer was the first season I used my 71 Tradewind. Previously it sat in a New Mexico field for many years. As far as running gear, I put new tires on it, the brakes work good but stuck on me once or twice. A 2nd tap on the brakes unstuck them. The arms on the axles were pretty much horizontal and parallel to the trailer frame. I have about 2 1/2 inches of tire sidewall showing above the top of the rim and the bottom of the fender. I towed her on a 4000 mile trip this summer without incident. Seemed to tow fine.

I jacked the roadside wheels up a few days ago to do some work on the tires and noticed I only had to jack up the side about 1 1/2" until the tires started to clear the ground. In other words the axle arm only allowed a 1 1/2" drop. I remember Andy saying recently besides a negative angle of the arm being a bad thing, the arm should allow the wheel to drop about 3" before the wheels clear the floor. I also noticed at least one of the old shocks had blown, but this was no surprise.

Does it sound like my axles are dead and should be replaced asap?

I think it may be a good idea to replace the brakes while I'm at it.

Can somone give me recommendations on axle and brake combinations?

Some ballpark figures on costs on basic and complete axle set ups for both Henshen and Dexter?

How much extra to upgrade to disc brakes? Do I need to add hyraulic lines or are there electric discs?

I know my axles are at best living on borrowed time and would like to get a few more miles on them, but not if a safety factor of if it will cause damage.

Many thanks
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Old 10-24-2007, 08:56 PM   #18
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Does it sound like my axles are dead and should be replaced asap?
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I think it may be a good idea to replace the brakes while I'm at it.

Can somone give me recommendations on axle and brake combinations?
YES! You'll probably get more opinions than you thought possible. Try using the search function for "axle" and you'll find facts, opinions and a mixture of both.

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Some ballpark figures on costs on basic and complete axle set ups for both Henshen and Dexter?


Henschen are $800 apiece (last time I looked). Dexter's price will vary depending on exactly what you get, where you order them from, etc. Mine were just under $400 each!

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How much extra to upgrade to disc brakes? Do I need to add hyraulic lines or are there electric discs?


I don't have an answer for cost, but if you upgrade to hydraulic, you will have additional work to perform. See member UWE's thread- he went with hydraulic.

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I know my axles are at best living on borrowed time and would like to get a few more miles on them, but not if a safety factor or if it will cause damage.


Brakes locking up, is a safety issue. You can probably get more miles out of the axles, but at what cost? Towing the trailer with bad axles WILL cause damage to your trailer - you might not notice it at first, but it is happening.

Good luck on your replacement.
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Old 10-25-2007, 05:16 PM   #19
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I'm going with the Dexters. I did order the shocks from Inlandrv. I still have to measure and order the Dexters. The others are just too much. Twice the price just aint nice...
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Old 10-25-2007, 05:55 PM   #20
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Good Choice!

You will be happy with your selection - if a problem is encountered there are about 300 Dexter dealers across the United States!

Half the green sure is keen - sorry I couldn't resist!!!!!

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Old 10-25-2007, 06:31 PM   #21
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Cost...

Cost is always an issue, but I'd like to contribute just a few thoughts.

About 10 years ago I had a brief fling with a Lexus - (I still have it, still enjoy driving it, but like a husband the glamour has faded - but I still love it and depend on it.) Anyway I tried to negotiate the price down and the salesman responded with something I'll never forget...

If you aren't selling junk, you don't have to give it away.

Over the past ten years I've only spent money on normal maintenance items - the most persistent problem has been that it's burned out three right turn signal lights. About a month ago I had two problems, the back streetside electric lock wasn't operating properly and the rear window washer wasn't putting out water. Both were fixed for under $50. So I spent "too much" for the Lexus, but it's paid me back for ten years! Ask me about my former bargain car? Eeewueee... not so much.

When I got my Airstream 3 years ago, there were 3 other Airstream owners at my home RV Park. Last week there were 7 parked on site at one time!!!!!! I know for a fact that two of the members with older SOB's were influenced by seeing mine in person. If you think new Airstreams have quality issues, look at the new SOB's.... pure garbage!

You're buying axles for the next 20 years.

The cost spread over that time may be far LOWER if you get the best - simply because they'll last longer, protect your Airstream from vibration damage and cost you less in maintenance.

However ANY new axle properly sized and installed is probably better than towing on one that is shot.

Last thought. I wanted a quick, no appointment, no stress haircut so I decided to run into "The Hair Cuttery" which is famous for it's $12 haircuts. The local one is in a huge strip center with another salon just a few doors down. As I was walking to the front door, I noticed a sign in the window of the pricier place that said, "We fix $12 haircuts!"

It worked for me, and I got a great haircut for $20 - I ain't all that pretty to start with, so I sure don't need a gawdafful messed up haircut that will make the situation worse.

See you down the road, Paula
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Old 10-25-2007, 07:53 PM   #22
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"We fix $12 haircuts!"

lol, i stopped the $12 haircuts too!

now, back to the axles....

i don't like the cost of the original axles but i'd spring for them.
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Old 10-26-2007, 03:01 PM   #23
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Here's a question for you, which probably can't be answered without more detailed information, but I'll give it a shot. Last year we had a new axle installed. Recently I had a wheel off, and noticed that the elbow joint on the axle's suspension seems to be striking (or to have struck) the frame above it when the suspension activates. Anyone heard of this happening before?

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Old 10-26-2007, 03:37 PM   #24
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Here's a question for you, which probably can't be answered without more detailed information, but I'll give it a shot. Last year we had a new axle installed. Recently I had a wheel off, and noticed that the elbow joint on the axle's suspension seems to be striking (or to have struck) the frame above it when the suspension activates. Anyone heard of this happening before?

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Steven.

Can you post a photo showing the problem and also the loaded position of the torsion arm?

If the torsion arm is hitting the frame, then there is a problem that you should address before your next trip. Normally, it's sort of impossible for the torsion arm to hit the frame. Or might it be the shock brackets?

Do you know the axle manufacturer?

The replacement axle perhaps has the incorrect parameters for your trailer.

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Old 11-04-2007, 11:37 PM   #25
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Inland RV. I'm going to need a new axle for my 1963 22ft. single axle flying cloud. How much? also do you have rims and tires? How much?
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:16 AM   #26
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Inland RV. I'm going to need a new axle for my 1963 22ft. single axle flying cloud. How much? also do you have rims and tires? How much?
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