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Old 07-18-2008, 09:00 AM   #21
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I wonder if you have a picture of the axles on the pallet. Was it a standard 4x4 pallet and did the axle hang over the ends? Were all the parts (bolts) there as promised. I will be dragging mine to Indianola as soon as possible and hope to moor a boat in the marina in front of the Inn.
Here is a picture of the axles as we received them at my business by FedEx Freight. If I remember correctly they were not on a pallet. We put them on these to make it easier to move around with my forklift. The shocks and bolts were shipped earlier on another UPS shipment.
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:18 AM   #22
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Can anyone tell me the actual shipping weight of 3200# Henschen axles with wheels and shocks?
It will depend on the size and if they have used some type of protection or not... I just received mine for an Argosy Minuet (so... shorter than others). I have the 12" brakes. It had NO protection AT ALL. It came slightly damaged (noted on the slip, at delivery), and missing an end cap and 4 nuts. It must have been dropped at some point (easy to see from the picture). I have installed it but have not used it yet. I hope nothing has been damaged "inside"... The weight on the delivery slip was 226 pounds. I was shipped directly from OHIO, where it was built, to Canada. I suggest that you indicate at time of purchase that you want your axle to be protected while being transported to your place. I never thought I would have to mention it. I thought protecting it would have been part of normal procedures...
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:23 AM   #23
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If I remember correctly, the axels were on a 4X4 pallet, banded laying caddy-cornered. They did hang over. I had also ordered the brake assemblies. They were individually boxed, one of the boxes containing the bearings and seals and bearing caps.. Another box containing the lug bolts and a can of bearing grease. Each axle had a protective cover over the ends of the axels. The races were already pressed into the hubs and on the axels. And the axle ends were greased to protect them. Andy and his boys did a good job of packaging stuff. EVERYTHING was there as ordered.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:50 AM   #24
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I am hoping for a pick order this week. I will try to remember to take my camera w/fresh batterys. The axles will be put on my truck at the factory.
I am hoping to document each step from pickup to installation.
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Old 07-21-2008, 02:07 PM   #25
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If I remember correctly, the axels were on a 4X4 pallet, banded laying caddy-cornered. They did hang over. I had also ordered the brake assemblies. They were individually boxed, one of the boxes containing the bearings and seals and bearing caps.. Another box containing the lug bolts and a can of bearing grease. Each axle had a protective cover over the ends of the axels. The races were already pressed into the hubs and on the axels. And the axle ends were greased to protect them. Andy and his boys did a good job of packaging stuff. EVERYTHING was there as ordered.
I also bought my axle from Andy, but it was shipped directly from the factory (OHIO)... I didn't have the same attention... I went on the road with the trailer today... While there is a sticker on the backing plates (?)that says that the brakes were adjusted... it seems that they don't perform correctly... they probably need to be adjusted by the owner... (!!!)... I will check that later today or tomorrow... I don't know if the damage that was done to the axle during transport could have hurt the wiring or the magnets or what... I will see... I will do everything I can, on my own, before complaining... but... your axle(s) was (were) certainly treated differently than mine...
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Old 07-21-2008, 02:25 PM   #26
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Adore, As far as the brakes are concerned, I know that both Henschen and dexter have almost identical language concerning the break in of the new brakes. Something to the effect of 20-30 full stops from 20mph. Then adjust per the manual. This allows the shoes to wear in to the drums. Check your owners manual, it will explain it better in detail. George.
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Just after putting the axels on, we went to Bozeman. I could tell whjen the backing plates were put on, they weren't adjusted. so I did that. One grabs a little, but not bad. They worked quite well in the Seattle rush hour traffic that we drove thru. Aside from the added UPS charge, the entire process with Andy and the boys went smooth as glass. Once you tweak yours up, they should be great. (I did have to change the trailer weather cover because of the about 3 or so inch lift to the AS.)
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:30 AM   #28
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Adore, As far as the brakes are concerned, I know that both Henschen and dexter have almost identical language concerning the break in of the new brakes. Something to the effect of 20-30 full stops from 20mph. Then adjust per the manual. This allows the shoes to wear in to the drums. Check your owners manual, it will explain it better in detail. George.
Thank you George. I will try that before anything. From the little ride, this afternoon, I could hear that the magnets seemed to do some work, but so little... almost no effet... I will try to find "the Trailer Brake Adjustment Procedures" from either one or the other of the companies mentioned above or search the forum...
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:39 AM   #29
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Just after putting the axels on, we went to Bozeman. I could tell whjen the backing plates were put on, they weren't adjusted. so I did that. One grabs a little, but not bad. They worked quite well in the Seattle rush hour traffic that we drove thru. Aside from the added UPS charge, the entire process with Andy and the boys went smooth as glass. Once you tweak yours up, they should be great. (I did have to change the trailer weather cover because of the about 3 or so inch lift to the AS.)
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Mi Minuet "grew up" almost 5 inches with the new axle. I was able to re-installed the spare support that was left to me from the previous owner. It went under the trailer, in the front, and I now have enough ground clearance to use it instead of trying to find place in the Explorer for the spare tire... I will have to build another little step though or put longer "feet" to it te be able to enter the trailer easily... and I will also have to replace a few rivets that have not resisted the bad treatment from my previous axle...!!!
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It looks like it will be fine...

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Just after putting the axels on, we went to Bozeman. I could tell whjen the backing plates were put on, they weren't adjusted. so I did that. Once you tweak yours up, they should be great.
Thanks to you Jim:
I have tried to adjust the brakes... and while I have not yet done a test drive... they now look a lot better in my driveway... At least, I can feel them... Thanks a lot... As a (retired) veterinarian, I am used to fix animals... but brakes are different... and easier to work with...!!! At least... they don't bite...!!!
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I picked up my 3200lb axles at 2pm today. The bill of laden calls for 481 lbs for the pair NO PALLET. They set them on my flat with a towmotor. Hummmmm this is gonna be interesting. Think I better start eat'n my spinach.
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