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Old 02-16-2011, 06:52 PM   #21
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I crawled under a 2007 and a 2009, and both had Dexters.
Does this help me know what to do concerning replacing the axle on my '63 Safari?

Many thanks.

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Old 02-16-2011, 06:58 PM   #22
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Does this help me know what to do concerning replacing the axle on my '63 Safari?

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Nope.

All that is necessary is the trailer serial number.

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Old 02-16-2011, 08:08 PM   #23
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Does this help me know what to do concerning replacing the axle on my '63 Safari?

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Nope,
Just need the year & model, which you've noted
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:15 PM   #24
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I purchased a new axle through Inland RV last winter for my 65 Safari and was very happy. I was able to pick it up at the factory saving the shipping and went over to Airstream factory for a tour at the same time. It has 12" drums and brakes and bolted in as expected. Trailer now rides about 3" higher. Very satisfied.
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:47 AM   #25
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I purchased a new axle through Inland RV last winter for my 65 Safari and was very happy. I was able to pick it up at the factory saving the shipping and went over to Airstream factory for a tour at the same time. It has 12" drums and brakes and bolted in as expected. Trailer now rides about 3" higher. Very satisfied.
Of course, since then the factory has closed, and another company in another state is building them. You can still pick them up at the factory, but it's in Indiana.
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as terry notes above, this never happened in it FALSE internet chatter.

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...Why did Airstream use Dexter axles for a year or so then switch back to Henschens?...
this never happened, it's incorrect info previously posted HERE on this forum,

and echoed by those who read it without knowing IF it's true or not.
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in 2003-5 a/s began a transition to dexters...

by late 2006 all the units were on dexters.

there was no 1 year thing, and they didn't go back to henschens.

we can speculate as to WHY this happened,

for example there was a bearing/grease/hub issue on some trailer made in 2004...

which has been OFTEN suggested at the basis for changing axle suppliers.

but it's also important to realize that a/s gets frames, brakes, hubs AND axles and other stuff from dexter (or sister companies)...

dex is HUGE in this business of suppling trailer, bus and other utility vehicles parts...

a/s is a TINY company, they can't afford to be dependent on a marginal supplier,

or financially troubled company for critical bits.

they also can't dictate to the big suppliers, on how to spec bits.

henschen made some very good axles over the years and also made some duds.

companies close plants, business die or are acquired, it happens.

and someone jumps in to fill the void IF it seems reasonable.

that axis purchased some of the henschens stuff is great for folks rebuilding old cans...

who THINK they want nearly original stuff.

we've got options now that weren't widely available just 2 years ago.
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it's great we've got alternative vendors/suppliers now who QUIETLY go about the biz of supporting the aluminum can club.

VENDORS aren't allowed to quote prices here for good reasons.

customers can but those quotes are often VERY unreliable and may not tell the full story.

we (here) were subject to LOTS of misleading info on a/s related parts and still are DAILY.

often this stuff comes directly from vendors who twist facts or simply make up stuff, which guides buyers to their products or services.

this has happened here for everything from axles to light bulbs.

it still happens every day, perhaps less often from old vendors but MORE often from new players in the 'sell u stuff' game.

buyers must do their homework...

and sharing is good, enthusiasm for sharing is good too...

just don't repeat stuff that's false

and don't expect everyone to agree with a personal 'truth'...

this place like ALL of life is full of deception.

caveat emptor AND caveat venditor

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Old 02-17-2011, 10:41 AM   #27
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Does this help me know what to do concerning replacing the axle on my '63 Safari?

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Hey Boomer. We should get together and you can look at my axle and we can talk through the replacement.

I'm going to PM you my contact information and you can call
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:20 PM   #28
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Does this help me know what to do concerning replacing the axle on my '63 Safari?

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No, this answered another question someone else had in this thread.
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So how are the Dexters holding up Terry? I read on another thread that an Airstream dealer in Canada was not impressed with their longevity. He had mentioned the ride quality was not the same.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f437...tml#post929357
What say you the guy crawling under them?
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:59 PM   #30
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Hey Boomer. We should get together and you can look at my axle and we can talk through the replacement.

I'm going to PM you my contact information and you can call
Thanks, got your PM, and left you a message. Many thanks. BabyBoomers
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So how are the Dexters holding up Terry? I read on another thread that an Airstream dealer in Canada was not impressed with their longevity. He had mentioned the ride quality was not the same.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f437...tml#post929357
What say you the guy crawling under them?
So far, I haven't noticed any more damage to anything in the trailers that have Dexters, though I have noticed a few more main door hinge pins vibrating out. This could be from many things, from the axles to the tires not being balanced, to the current state of our highway system. No complaints of things getting bounced around, no more popped rivets than you would expect from any Airstream. Time will tell for sure, though.
Oh, one thing I did notice: the backing plates and drums are made in that overseas place we generally associate with "cheap"...
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