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Old 04-01-2009, 12:09 PM   #15
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My '06 was built in the unlubed bearing period when Airstream installed higher capacity Dexter axles for a few months. I think my GAWR is about 7200#. Tongue weight doesn't count against that, so I thought I had leeway to break the mold. Am I mistaken?

This picture shows my Safari tilted to the left. Towing is getting to be a real "Hey, watch this!" experience.

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I got a great deal on a 1925 wood cookstove. The aluminum color and nickeled steel fittings seemed an Airstream natural, so I thought, "What could go wrong?"

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I installed it in place of my roadside couch. It's over the axles so no rear end separation could happen. Wait. This gets good. I've re-routed the flue to the stack in the adjacent Dometic, so I have the first tri-fuel fridge in which wood is used. That's not really working yet but there's a more immediate issue.

Our Safari tilts to the roadside too much. Above 110 pounds pressure the tires look like something from Roger Rabbit. Anybody ever use airbags on just one side? The stove already adds almost 500#, so I'm not wanting to carry all my firewood on the curbside. Here's my best idea and the real question -- on the WD setup, how about 1000# springbars on the left and 500# springbars on the right? Has this been done before?

I won't even start in on what's happening with the outriggers...
Cash in all your bank accounts and take the money out in "pennies."

Put the pennies on the curb side of the trailer, to balance the trailer.

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Old 04-01-2009, 12:18 PM   #16
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......the real question -- on the WD setup, how about 1000# springbars on the left and 500# springbars on the right? Has this been done before
If you have your running gear balanced and use a Hensley you should be alright. Also, with the refer conversion make sure you switch over to the 1.2 gigawatt flux capacitor to avoid timing issues.
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Cash in all your bank accounts and take the money out in "pennies."

Put the pennies on the curb side of the trailer, to balance the trailer.

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Funny Andy,

In my case it wouldn't help much. I guess I'll have to leave the Magic Chef in my Excella.
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Now I know how I can use the old cast iron bathtub sitting in the garage.
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:29 PM   #19
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LOVE the wood cookstove, cannot BELIEVE you are hauling it and firewood in your vehicle! We clearly have a lot to learn yet about the very deep passions which run through all you Airstreamers.
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Do you store your cast iron skillets in the oven? That could be part of the tilting problem? We keep the cast iron we travel with in the credenza on the opposite wall from our oven.

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Cash in all your bank accounts and take the money out in "pennies."

Put the pennies on the curb side of the trailer, to balance the trailer.

Andy
Which brings to mind, "What is the capital of [name any recently distressed country]?" Answer: 25 cents

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This is an April Fool's thing, right? Sometimes it's hard to tell.
Which brings me back to my latest greatest idea to reverse all of my bonehead moves. (which ones wouldn't those be? ) I'm losing my forum touch and can't find any of those threads about putting helium instead of air in the tires. And then it dawned on me -- fill the tires with a vacuum and I should be able to put 200# pressure in them fer shure. Like totally!
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:51 PM   #21
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And then it dawned on me -- fill the tires with a vacuum and I should be able to put 200# pressure in them fer shure. Like totally!
Is there antipressure? Like antimatter? You could fill one sside with 65 APSI, the other with 65PSI, and the trailer should level out.
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Is there antipressure? Like antimatter? You could fill one sside with 65 APSI, the other with 65PSI, and the trailer should level out.
Great idea Terry,

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April Fools! another good one!
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:08 PM   #24
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With all this talk of wheels, tires and axles, unbalanced trailers and such, there has to be a better answer.

I am getting rid of my tires, wheels and axles. They are such a pain, expensive and subject to all sorts of disputes.

I am mounting boiler plate underneath the trailer with a silicone dispenser that will spray silicone through little holes in the plate and the trailer will slide along the highway.

I have some questions:

1. Where shall I install the silicone tank? I think under the bed would be best.

2. The vehicles behind me on the road may object. Is there insurance for these nay sayers?

3. Can I use the silicone on the aluminum?

4. Will I have to use different bars on my Equalizer?

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My '06 was built in the unlubed bearing period when Airstream installed higher capacity Dexter axles for a few months. I think my GAWR is about 7200#. Tongue weight doesn't count against that, so I thought I had leeway to break the mold. Am I mistaken?

This picture shows my Safari tilted to the left. Towing is getting to be a real "Hey, watch this!" experience.

I got a great deal on a 1925 wood cookstove. The aluminum color and nickeled steel fittings seemed an Airstream natural, so I thought, "What could go wrong?"

I installed it in place of my roadside couch. It's over the axles so no rear end separation could happen. Wait. This gets good. I've re-routed the flue to the stack in the adjacent Dometic, so I have the first tri-fuel fridge in which wood is used. That's not really working yet but there's a more immediate issue.

Our Safari tilts to the roadside too much. Above 110 pounds pressure the tires look like something from Roger Rabbit. Anybody ever use airbags on just one side? The stove already adds almost 500#, so I'm not wanting to carry all my firewood on the curbside. Here's my best idea and the real question -- on the WD setup, how about 1000# springbars on the left and 500# springbars on the right? Has this been done before?

I won't even start in on what's happening with the outriggers...
That's a great idea! The extra weight is probably causing a drift to the left, so to correct that why not try opening all the curbside windows? The extra drag should create a pull to the right and balance everything out. If you installed automatic openers with a remote the TT could steer the whole rig. Finally the tail could wag the dog!
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With all this talk of wheels, tires and axles, unbalanced trailers and such, there has to be a better answer.

I am getting rid of my tires, wheels and axles. They are such a pain, expensive and subject to all sorts of disputes.

I am mounting boiler plate underneath the trailer with a silicone dispenser that will spray silicone through little holes in the plate and the trailer will slide along the highway.
Sounds like a great idea to me. Eliminates all tire, wheel, and axle problems in one easy modification. Although since the trailer will now have no suspension at all, shock and vibration could be a problem.

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I have some questions:

1. Where shall I install the silicone tank? I think under the bed would be best.
You can put it anywhere you want since weight and balance won't be an issue. If putting it under the bed make sure you don't get it mixed up with the KY or Kama Sutra massage oil.

Before undertaking this project you might want to calculate the silicone oil consumption in miles per gallon. With $5 per gallon gas coming up and, say, $50 per gallon for the silicone oil, you'll need good silicone mileage.

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2. The vehicles behind me on the road may object. Is there insurance for these nay sayers?
I should plump for a tail gun. I think B-29's had a remote controlled tail gun; maybe you could find one of those at a surplus store.

For a quieter solution, if anyone behind you is blowing their horn or making rude gestures, you could simply arrange to increase the silicone oil dispensing rate going into the next curve.

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Shouldn't hurt. Although most of the silicone will be on the boiler plate belly pan, right?

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Won't need any weight distribution at all. Should make hooking up a breeze!

Happy April 1!
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Nuvi, thank you for your ideas.

I like the one about the tail gun—there should be a way to have it lock on when the horns go off—sonar will work.

I could put some short coil springs between the belly pan and the boiler plate to smooth out the bumps.

And, instead of separate silicone and KY dispensers, maybe KY would work just as well on the boiler plate and for other uses.

I'm thinking some helium tanks in the trailer will lighten the weight and I'll probably get better KY mileage.

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I might be able to hook you up with a Cruise missile (got connections in the Navy ). Just point that baby backwards from the top of your trailer, and if anyone complains, hit the button! It'd give you an extra boost forward too, might improve the gas mileage.

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