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Old 10-25-2015, 12:36 PM   #1
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Wheel SHOCKS for 1976 25ft tradwinds.

I am trying to buy new shocks at napa auto parts and i am wondering if anybody has a name or parts number for these wheel shocks.....thanks
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Old 10-25-2015, 01:15 PM   #2
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They are horizontal shocks so unlikely NAPA would have them -- they are designed and metered differently than your standard auto shocks but Inland RV or Out Of Doors Mart should have them.

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I have been told by more than one reputable source to just take these off and throw them away. seems hard to believe they are worthless, but both sources were pretty confident in their statement. anyone have thought on this?
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If you have the original axles, new shocks aren't going to do anything.
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We used NAPA shocks on an older Safari. Worked fine. Just take in one of your old ones and they can match up the fit.
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There is debate to the usefulness of shocks on rubber torsion axles. Airstream seems to be the only trailer manufacturer that uses shocks with torsion axles. You can use shocks from NAPA or O'Reiley's etc. One that has been used is the Monroe PN 555003. There is no advantage to using the Monroe shocks over the OE Airstream shocks. The price is the same.
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There is debate to the usefulness of shocks on rubber torsion axles. Airstream seems to be the only trailer manufacturer that uses shocks with torsion axles. You can use shocks from NAPA or O'Reiley's etc. One that has been used is the Monroe PN 555003. There is no advantage to using the Monroe shocks over the OE Airstream shocks. The price is the same.
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That debate is somewhat true, but it does have an error.

Yes, no question, that torsion axles absorb most of the roadway shock.

But, it does not absorb all of it.

Therefore adding the correct shocks, helps to further reduce the impact to the trailer.

However, in fairness, while the Airstream shock further reduces shock, it does not eliminate all of it.

So, bottom line is that using the Airstream shock, further helps to create a softer ride as best possible with current technology.

Is that necessary ? Most people think so.

Then there are some that feel balancing the running gear is a waste of money, because the "torsion axle" absorbs that vibration as well.

History has clearly proved that an Airstream trailer must have a soft ride, and as soft as possible, because in part of it's "monocoque type construction. Violating that results in repairs that over time become very expensive.

Top, in your years of Airstream repair, I'm sure you have observed that all to many times.

So today, what appears to be the best for Airstreams running gear ?

Torsion axles, equipped with shock absorbers and Centramatic balancers appear to be the best that can be done. While still not perfect, that combination does a pretty good job, creating that soft necessary ride.

But again, to each his own, as it's the owners call as what and how their Airstream is treated.

As servicing people, we both know the difference between caring and abuse of the trailer.

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Believe Inland Andy indicates special valving on OE.
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We used NAPA shocks on an older Safari. Worked fine. Just take in one of your old ones and they can match up the fit.
Airstream horizontal shocks are specially made for Airstream.

No one has an equal.

Also Airstream shocks are priced very reasonable.

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Believe Inland Andy indicates special valving on OE.
Maybe because he sells them?

You can get the Airstream shocks at any Airstream dealer or buy online from ODMRV, or any of the other online Airstream parts merchants.
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One certainly doesn't replace them often, so correctly valved shocks would be worth the effort to obtain.

The 55003 and 55025 are what I would use on one of my leaf sprung trailers. A different job than what a horizontal shock undergoes.
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