Originally Posted by SailorSam20500
I follow the Airstream forum. They have a new thread about Dexter recalling axles. Some posts mention Airstream trailers having the wheels fall off. Allegedly, all Airstream shipments have been stopped and dealers have been instructed not to deliver new trailers. No word on what the bottom line issue is.
I'm wondering if the issue could also end up affecting FR trailers.
Think the issue will cause any tarnish to the shiny Airstream reputation?
Dexter may manufacture the axles but do they actually install the brakes, hubs, and wheels?
My trailer came with Dexter axles but brakes and drums were NOT Dexter. They were import design which is what Lippert is selling today.
"Wheels falling off" can be caused by other problems than the axle. Failure to properly secure spindle nut and over-tightening lug nuts are a couple of common ones.
As usual, without the whole story whi knows what's happening.
As for Airstream's reputation, just about every company that's purchased by a larger company suffers as the new company makes changes.
I experienced this in 1996 when the company I was working for sold. Only good thing was that my shares in the company held in our retirement plan tripled in value and we all got cashed out. I stuck around 8 more years and retired with a nice 401k added.