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Old 01-12-2018, 02:37 PM   #1
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How to level 1957 22'

It's me again. I'm planning on keeping her on a driveway that has a slight incline. What's the best way of doing this? It has an icebox instead of a refrigerator (cute, but not sure if that'll be enough) so at least I don't have to worry about it catching on fire.

I also need to add that I've never had an Airstream, any other RV and am pretty green when it comes to mechanical work. I'm going to want to know so much!

Anything is much appreciated!

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A little off topic, but does anyone know what difference between 13 and 7 panels is?
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:41 PM   #2
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Airstreams went from 13 panels to 7 panels in 1957. Google Vintage Airstream Photo Archives and enjoy the reading. A good visual of changes over the years. Good luck, Bubba
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:00 PM   #3
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A little off topic, but does anyone know what difference between 13 and 7 panels is?

For one thing, there are a lot fewer seams to leak. The current stretch formed caps don’t look as iconic as the many riveted segments, but there is a lot less to get leaky this way.

Gotta admire the work and craftsmanship it took to make the 7 and 13 segment ends, though.
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It's me again. I'm planning on keeping her on a driveway that has a slight incline. What's the best way of doing this?
Depending on the slope...I would get 4 of theses....

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Where do you recommend placing them? I just got my 57 and imagined a frame on the bottom, but nope. Aluminum bubble all around except for hitch and bumper. I've been living in it and the sway is starting to warp my perception of the ground.
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Follow the rivets

There is a frame hidden above the belly pan. Rivet lines will indicate the frame member locations.
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Where do you recommend placing them? I just got my 57 and imagined a frame on the bottom, but nope. Aluminum bubble all around except for hitch and bumper. I've been living in it and the sway is starting to warp my perception of the ground.
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There is a frame hidden above the belly pan. Rivet lines will indicate the frame member locations.
Some idea of the frame structure....
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It's me again. I'm planning on keeping her on a driveway that has a slight incline. What's the best way of doing this? It has an icebox instead of a refrigerator (cute, but not sure if that'll be enough) so at least I don't have to worry about it catching on fire.

I also need to add that I've never had an Airstream, any other RV and am pretty green when it comes to mechanical work. I'm going to want to know so much!

Anything is much appreciated!

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A little off topic, but does anyone know what difference between 13 and 7 panels is?
You asked about leveling:
1. Level the trailer from side to side using either wood or plastic blocks beneath the lower side's tire to elevate them to equal elevation/levelness.
2. Use the tongue jack to level front to rear, after leveling side to side.

You mentioned movement of the trailer in another post:
1. Those jacks that can be added to the trailer are not jacks for lifting the trailer. They will lift the trailer, but doing so might bind the door and/or overstress the structural parts of the trailer. Use those jacks for stabilizing, not lifting or leveling. (I think every Airstream owners manual will tell you this)

Wheel/tire scotch blocks will also help with stabilizing and prevent the trailer from rolling downhill.

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This video explains it pretty well
https://www.google.com/search?q=how+...&oe=#kpvalbx=1

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7 or 13 panel; when standing at the end of the trailer count the number of individual panels you can see. Older models have 13 flat panels riveted to create the curves. Newer 7 have pre-formed radius panels at the curves. If the center panel over the window is shaped like a fish's tail, that one is a "whale tail".
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