Originally Posted by LukeP
this thread has taken a few twists and turns over 9 pages!!!
I'll add in to the original subject. last night I ordered a Dexter #9 w/brakes, 5-bolt hubs thru a local welder for $350 + taxes. His labor is going to be $150+.
I think if you were satisfied with the cost and results you may wish to do both the shop and other members a service and post the name and city of the shop.
In regards to the Dexter/Ingersoll Axle
thing, I wasn't trying to make a big "issue" over it, I guess when the nice lady at Dexter told me that they didn't make a torsion axle
until 1986 this threw me for a loop; for as Francesca mentions Axle + Trillium = Dexter is the mantra around here and other sites on the web. The fact that the axle in the Trilliums is an Ingersoll, which was later purchased by Dexter is a mere detail, seeing as how Dexter has been good about maintaing the parts, designs, specs to be interchangeable. Furthermore, as someone mentioned to me in a private message the lady could have just said "not ours" and hung up on me, instead she took a few minutes out of her day to school me on an axle history that was not even made by them, so 3 cheers for the excellent customer service at Dexter! I think many companies customer service can take a lesson from the people at Dexter, especially the people who seem to man the RV parts counters in many of the RV centers I have visited looking for parts for this trailer and the other vintage ones I have owned.
While this may be nostalgic information to most people I personally think it has some value - at least the next time someone tells me the axle in my Trillium is not a Dexter it won't throw me for a loop and back to the drawing board.