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Old 10-02-2016, 09:24 AM   #1
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Shock brackets inland RV axles

Does anybody happen to have the instructions that come with the shock brackets from inland? I've lost mine. I'm installing on a 1962 and am going to have to weld the brackets and re drill the hole. Any pics or information would be helpful. Trying to get it done today and Inland is closed. Thanks in advance for any info you have!

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Old 10-05-2016, 01:37 AM   #2
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working on mine today. 2 problems I am having; original axles were 2 3/4 wide the new ones are 3". I have to enlarge the frame opening 1/8" on both sides. one was 1/2 covered and I drilled and dremel ed it to work.
my question and concern is the mounted shock braket. I put them on the original spot on the new axles then noticed the new axle swing arm is 1" wider than the original and the shock offset then frame to axle. it angles inward slightly.. I wonder if that could cause a concern?
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Old 10-05-2016, 07:37 AM   #3
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Why does Inland sell axles that need mods or welding to install? Axles that Colin Hyde sells strait bolt up no mods or welding. Andy is AS guru but I don't understand these Questions for installation.
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:26 AM   #4
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I bought mine from Colin as well. There were no major issues with it.
Pretty easy install other than it was beastly heavy .
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:56 AM   #5
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Old 10-05-2016, 03:09 PM   #6
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Why does Inland sell axles that need mods or welding to install? Axles that Colin Hyde sells strait bolt up no mods or welding. Andy is AS guru but I don't understand these Questions for installation.
I bought mine from Inland last November because I had a small window of time and Andy could deliver to the nearest Dexter dealer in two weeks. I could not even contact Colin at that time. Also, when I had spoken with Colin the previous year I found out that the stock axle for my Overlander had the brake size reduced to 10 inches diameter instead of the original 12 inches. Researching with other vintage owners who had gone with the smaller brakes, there was a consensus that this reduced trailer braking power by 10 to 20%. Being paranoid after a couple of TV brake failures I chose to go with the larger axle Andy recommended with 12 inch brakes. I will admit that his installation instructions were terrible and seemed to have no correlation to my trailer at all.

Having said that, the installation was not hard to figure out and the diagram for the shock bracket placement was correct. (I've misplaced it now)

We enlarged the square slots in the side plates by taking about 3/16 or a 1/4 inch slice off the rear edge of each slot which ensured the front of each slot would keep the axle alignment the same. (We were careful to check the alignment before removing the old axles and after installation of the new axles.) Doing it this way probably added a little tongue weight but it was not measurable.

Another thing to look out for if switching to Dexter axles is that the Dexters have 1 inch risers at each position. In our case the original Henschen axles had been installed with a 3/4 inch wooden shim on top of each riser between it and the frame so it worked out well.

We also noticed that the Dexter mounting brackets were welded on the outside instead of the inside. The weld bead caused a little interference with the side plates on the trailer frame but a slight bevel on the inside edges of the square slots took care of that.

BTW, I was not physically able to do this myself but we are fortunate to have a couple of good men who do heavy trailer and truck repair up near Inman, SC. Their shop name is Ledbetter Welding Service. If you can get to them from where you are, you could not do better and they now have the very successful conversion of my Overlander axles under their belts. They didn't mind a bit that I crawled around and looked over their shoulders thru the whole project. They charged only $1,260 start to finish. I will be glad to put you in touch with them if you can contact me thru Air Forums.

I forgot to add that we had to drill two holes per position thru the axle bracket and the side plates for the mounting bolts. There was no way the holes in the axle brackets would match those in the side plates.
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Old 10-05-2016, 03:14 PM   #7
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The axles I ordered from Inland had no issues at all.Bolted in Perfect match. Very pleased with them. Ours is a 1972 Safari double axle.
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Old 10-05-2016, 04:57 PM   #8
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I bought mine from Inland last November because I had a small window of time and Andy could deliver to the nearest Dexter dealer in two weeks. I could not even contact Colin at that time. Also, when I had spoken with Colin the previous year I found out that the stock axle for my Overlander had the brake size reduced to 10 inches diameter instead of the original 12 inches. Researching with other vintage owners who had gone with the smaller brakes, there was a consensus that this reduced trailer braking power by 10 to 20%. Being paranoid after a couple of TV brake failures I chose to go with the larger axle Andy recommended with 12 inch brakes. I will admit that his installation instructions were terrible and seemed to have no correlation to my trailer at all.

Having said that, the installation was not hard to figure out and the diagram for the shock bracket placement was correct. (I've misplaced it now)

We enlarged the square slots in the side plates by taking about 3/16 or a 1/4 inch slice off the rear edge of each slot which ensured the front of each slot would keep the axle alignment the same. (We were careful to check the alignment before removing the old axles and after installation of the new axles.) Doing it this way probably added a little tongue weight but it was not measurable.

Another thing to look out for if switching to Dexter axles is that the Dexters have 1 inch risers at each position. In our case the original Henschen axles had been installed with a 3/4 inch wooden shim on top of each riser between it and the frame so it worked out well.

We also noticed that the Dexter mounting brackets were welded on the outside instead of the inside. The weld bead caused a little interference with the side plates on the trailer frame but a slight bevel on the inside edges of the square slots took care of that.

BTW, I was not physically able to do this myself but we are fortunate to have a couple of good men who do heavy trailer and truck repair up near Inman, SC. Their shop name is Ledbetter Welding Service. If you can get to them from where you are, you could not do better and they now have the very successful conversion of my Overlander axles under their belts. They didn't mind a bit that I crawled around and looked over their shoulders thru the whole project. They charged only $1,260 start to finish. I will be glad to put you in touch with them if you can contact me thru Air Forums.

I forgot to add that we had to drill two holes per position thru the axle bracket and the side plates for the mounting bolts. There was no way the holes in the axle brackets would match those in the side plates.
My experience with the Inland RV axle was exactly the same for my 1967 Caravel. New holes in axle bracket and mounting plate, a little grinding of interfering welds and it slotted right in. Only wish I had test fitted the axle before welding on the shock brackets as the brackets made if very hard to drill the needed bolt holes.

I order a bare axle from Inland RV (i.e. no brakes). Big mistake as the spindle on the new axle is much larger than the original and bearings do not fit. Been trying to get Andy to help me solve the problem for about a month now, but he wont call me back...after the sale service leaves a bit to be desired. I was hoping he knows the right bearing combination to work with existing 10" drums, but I am beginning to think I need to buy all new brakes to make it work. Come on Andy, a bit more customer service/care would be appreciated.
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Old 10-05-2016, 07:25 PM   #9
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I got my axles from Inland RV with the brackets welded on. Along with shocks, brakes, bearings, grease, mounting bolts, wheels, lug nuts, hub caps and dynamic balancers.

The axles installed without any mods took about an hour each. Be sure to install the shocks on the axle before installing the axle.
Then the the rest of the brakes took about an hour for each axle.
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Old 10-06-2016, 07:49 PM   #10
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I had a good experience with inlandrv in 2015. I had to make the mods, but was not that difficult with help from this forum
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Old 10-06-2016, 08:23 PM   #11
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Here are the install instructions that I got from Andy after a week of trying to get him on the phone.

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As for what I have learned on my own:

Set the shock bracket just inside of the seam on the axle. Use old axle for orientation.

Line up the axle on the chassis using the rear holes.

Use a cut off wheel, dremel, or whatever you can to make the seat in the chassis big enough for the axle to fit in.

Make sure you attach shock absorbers before mounting axle.

Drill out appropriate hole location for the front mounting bolt to connect axle to chassis.

I also have found it much easier to work with these axles with the hubs and brakes off. I will clean the spindle and grease the assembly as I build from the inside out. They are rather heavy fully assembled, but I am also working solo.

Have a cold beer ready.

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Old 10-07-2016, 10:19 AM   #12
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location of bracket? I just did my 2 axles on my 72. the 1st bracket I welded as shown in diagram. This caused a 1/2 in. offset in the shock mounting to the trailer. On the 2nd axle I welded the bracket to be in-line with the trailer frame. I am hoping the offset will be OK as I am not planning on moving the 1st set of axles.
3 pictures. original axles notice length of gap between bracket and axle arm. on 2 and 3 note the location of the welded bracket.
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:25 PM   #13
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I would be prepared to fabricate.

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I'm in the same boat. I plan on getting the axles seated properly and thru bolting a new home for the base of the shock.

Anybody have any good advice on the best angle for these shock absorbers?

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Very helpful.


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