Originally Posted by AlbertF
I have noticed that the Dexter axles on my Airstream (installed by PO) squeak while going over bumps, etc. I typically notice this at low speed when I have my window open, e.g. driving around a campground.
A couple of days ago I was out for my morning walk and noticed a tandem axle enclosed cargo trailer (owned by a contractor) start off across an intersection. It made exactly the same noise that my trailer makes. Many of these low-floor enclosed trailers use Dexter axles.
I find this curious because I have seen a number of reference to Henschen axles that proclaim how quiet they are.
My question: Is the squeaking (steel rods on rubber) typical of rubber torsion axles? Or are Henschens in fact quieter?
The squeaking is caused by the torsion arm rubbing against the square tube.
Flood the area with "silicone spray." You may have to repeat the lubrication.
Four frozen "deformed" rubber rods are place on the square shaft and then inserted into the square tube. It is at that point of the assembly that care must be taken so the torsion arm does not touch the square tube.
Doesn't really hurt anything, just sounds bad.