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Old 08-18-2018, 01:06 PM   #1
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Guide to Replacing Shocks on my 68 Caravel

Hi. I'm looking for a Step-by- Step Guide to Replacing Shocks on my 68 Caravel.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-18-2018, 03:02 PM   #2
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I've ordered the Monroe RV Shocks #555003 as recommended by Colin Hyde for this vertical installation.

We need to understand the basics of jacking and supporting the 68 Caravel while doing the job.
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Corroded fasteners? PB Blaster is one of my regular helpers.
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Just bought 4 of these shocks from Amazon, best price I could find .
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Corroded fasteners? PB Blaster is one of my regular helpers.
Sorry. I'm not sure that I understand.
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PB is a spray that helps with rusted nuts .
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Hi. I'm looking for a Step-by- Step Guide to Replacing Shocks on my 68 Caravel.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Step #1: Safely lift and support your Airstream.
Step#2: Remove the tire/wheel assemblies.
Step #3: Unbolt the shocks from the shock mounts.
Step#4:Remove the shocks, using the shock itself to bend the axle shock mount outward slightly so it will clear the frame.
Step #5: Install the new shocks.
Step #6: Re-install the tires/wheels.
Step #7: Safely remove the supports, and lower your Airstream to the ground.
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Step #1: Safely lift and support your Airstream.
Step#2: Remove the tire/wheel assemblies.
Step #3: Unbolt the shocks from the shock mounts.
Step#4:Remove the shocks, using the shock itself to bend the axle shock mount outward slightly so it will clear the frame.
Step #5: Install the new shocks.
Step #6: Re-install the tires/wheels.
Step #7: Safely remove the supports, and lower your Airstream to the ground.
Do you put your safety stands under the (single) axel or under the frame ends?

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Do you guys put your safety stands under the (single) axel or under the frame ends?

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I just did the shocks on our 1999 moho. (Old, dead Monroes replaced with brand new Bilsteins all around!) Often when replacing shocks, you need to squish the new shock down just a bit to do the installation. On the moho, the stabilizer shock didn't need it, but all four of the others needed about 3/4" of squeeze. It was HARD, but I discovered that we have the perfect tool for it. It's our inexpensive furniture clamps from Harbor Freight:





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