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Old 05-17-2011, 02:40 PM   #113
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I hope you didn't take what I said the wrong way, Rodre-
It's practically Holy Writ around here that everybody has a Dexter. I've seen knock-down-dragouts over much smaller matters!
As it turns out you and your source at Dexter are ab-so-tive-ly CORRECT, as two minutes of research has turned up
Since Trilliums were out of productions for many years before the molds went on the road again in the early "oughts", Tom Young may be unaware of the facts you've unearthed.
We owe you a debt of gratitude for bringing this to our attention!
I actually (gasp) looked in my 1978Trillium's owner's manual, and found that-I've got a "Rub-R-Ride" axle!!!
There isn't a copy of this manual in the Docs center here, but somebody laboriously typed in the contents into a thread in 2007.
Here's what the manual says:

From:Post #10 at Vintage Trillium Owners Manual
Chassis
Your Trillium sits on a computer designed and tested frame and a patented Rub-R-Ride independent suspension system.

And here's all that's left of Rub-R-Ride
From:Rub-r-ride: Trademark by Ingersoll Machine and Tool Company Limited
RUB-R-RIDE
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RUB-R-RIDE

Canada Trademark #TMA165696

Basic Data

Word Mark RUB-R-RIDE
Live/Dead Dead
Registration Number TMA165696
Registration Date Oct 10, 1969
Filing Date Nov 27, 1968
Status Expunged
Serial Number 0317986
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INGERSOLL MACHINE AND TOOL COMPANY LIMITED
Registrant King Street West
Ingersoll
Ontario
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Goods (1) A suspension unit for trailer axles.

END QUOTE

There you have it!

Thanks a million, Rodre

Francesca
Yes, absolutely, both my 1980 Trillium 4500 (Ontario made) and my 1974 Boler (Winnipeg made) had Ingersoll Rub-R-Ride axles in them. The Trillium still does, clearly marked. I didn't realize there was any issue over this.

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Old 05-17-2011, 02:54 PM   #114
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I didn't realize there was any issue over this.

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Hi, Rick

I didn't either until Rodre brought it up!
The "Dexter Axle in the early Trilliums" assertion has been so often repeated here that I for one certainly accepted it as a fact...

Puts me in mind of the famous Josh Billings saying:
"It ain't the things you don't know that get you in to trouble- it's the things you know for certain that just ain't so!"

Francesca

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I think I'll make ol' Josh's words my "signature"!

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Old 05-18-2011, 09:01 AM   #116
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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+.
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:59 AM   #117
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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.

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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
I couldn't agree more.

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Old 05-19-2011, 12:02 AM   #119
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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.

~Rodre
I think so, too, Rodre-
In fact, You might consider starting a new thread with exactly the title you put at the top of your"Dexter didn't make, etc." post.
I think people won't see it otherwise, since it's buried so far down in this thread, and the thread itself only has a single tag:"axle"
I think that the only person that can add tags is the Original Poster of a thread, and maybe you could use some that would help searchers (especially Trillium owners ) find their way to the information you uncovered.


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