Originally Posted by Aviator
I realize there are a ton of threads on axles and deciding when it is time to replace them. With that said, I am still on the fence.
Our trailer is a 1997 triple axle. It has spent the vast majority of its life sitting in one spot. Today I put it up on jack stands to check the angle of the Torsion Arms. With the wheels/tires still mounted on the drums, the arms have about a 2 degree negative angle. Also, as I jacked up the trailer, the wheels "dropped" very little (an inch to inch and a half at most) In the experience of those who have replaced their axles, should I go ahead and do it at this point, or am I good for now.
The second part of this question is does anyone know if the Henschen plant is back up and running in Elkhart, IN at this point. Since I live in GA, I would prefer not to pay shipping all the way from the West Coast when I will be in Indianapolis for Thanksgiving. The quote for shipping alone what around $550! That's a quarter of the price of three new axles.
Thanks in advance. I know I couldn't have done as much with this trailer without the expert advice generously shared on this forum.
The Henschen plant, is closed.
Another company, back east, will be producing the Henschen axles, to the original Henschen specs.
However, the changeover is taking some time.
Guestimates are that it could take another 30 to 60 days before production is ready, and possibly longer.
Accordingly, we purchased a couple of hundred Henschen axles for stock, before they shut down.
Yes, we agree, that freight, can become expensive, but unfortunately, it's something we all have to live with.
The best way to save money on freight shipments is to have the delivery made to a commercial address. Experience says that picking up "at the dock", usually costs more by the time the freight line gets through with it. Some freight lines charge as much as $50.00, just to call a person.