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Old 01-28-2004, 08:17 PM   #1
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Question Torsion axles

I was at the local RV show this past weekend when I was in a Jayco and they now boast they have torsion axles on some models. Also I found a fair number of SOBs offering (some at additional cost) enclosed undersides.

Besides Airstream, anyone else know of any others that are doing things like this now, specifically the torsion axles? Anyone know if the torsion axles the SOBs seem to be starting to use are similar to what Airstream does?
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Old 01-28-2004, 08:45 PM   #2
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Dexter Axels

Our last 2 SOB trailers both had Dexter torsion axels. No extra charge, but they pointed them out as top-shelf features.
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I believe Casita has also offered the torsion axle for some years, as well as a fully enclosed underside (fiberglass).
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Casita - Yes

We just sold our 17' Casita, and it had the Dexter torsion axel. We had the hi-lift option for 3" extra travel/clearance and I'm sold on that type axel. Over 15K mi. in 2 yrs. There was a lot of discussion on the Casitaclub.com site re: torsion axels but those archives are not yet available on their new forum.
Casitas are totally fiberglass, even the bottom, one piece with a center seam that is glassed in. The black & grey tanks are exposed & not ducted, but the fresh water is enclosed. We had a lot of fun with it,...but now it is time to matriculate to A/S !
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I had a 13' Scamp once that had torsion axles.

I believe that torsion axles have advantanges in ride characteristics, but from a manufacturers stand point they are easy to implement in a design.
One drawback is they are about 30-50% more expensive than springs.
As we all know "cheaper is better", when will they learn?
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