Yes the AC's can be very heavy and if not properly framed and extra support can cause damage - especially if the axle is shot (stiff as a board) Thus all the road bouncing will go straight to that AC and can even buckle or bow the roof.
Good axle with suspension will absorb the road thus save your shell (or what is left in there.)
When no stabalizers are on it is night and day on how the trailer feels with a dead axle compared to a new one.
No - it was a bit of a hasty decision to sell - and then we gave our word which we will not go back on.
As we no longer have the time to spend a month in the south - we thought as where we live we would have no need for a trailer. (we are working on another for our retirement but that is several years off yet)
We never thought that we may use it during the summer months like all the rest of the "world" - we live in a place people travel to for vacations hence we never gave - "getting away" a second thought. Of course not until we gave our word to sell the the 69.
A week went buy and we resolved the fact that we would have to hop too on the Overlander - but it is such a big job and we want to do that one perfect as we will be traveling in it a long time.
It is a bad think to look at classifieds and e-bay!!!
This little sorry looking 63 came up - and there are not too many out there that have a nice shell - they are either pretty bashed up scratched or hail damaged - and lately far too many with "tree" bruises.
So we did the math and jumped on it right away. We have a lot of work to do on her as well - but the floor is in good shape - save under the tub. Not like the Overlander that has 3/4 of the floor to be replaced.
The layout is very different to the 69 - which we really liked. Unfortunately there is not the space to duplicate the layout - and I do not like the little dinette booths - you end up wearing your breakfast. So we are making some mods to this one - that will pull her from the "original" list - so I am trading in the purist for functionality on this one.
I have lots of pics of how the beds pulled out and we had ideas on making the stationary singles up front to be sliders creating a large bed in the front too - which could be used as either singles or almost a queen.
The shower/toilet - draw back for us was the sink - we like the idea of it being outside the "water closet". And with that set up there were some Caravels that put a small sink in the little night table that worked great. We never used that night table drawers could you had to move all the bedding to get the door open and then pull out the little drawers. The design was very poor on that little cupboard - although looked sharp.
So are you missing all the wood interior cupboard too? if so that is a real shame - as that is what sets them apart from the the 70's models. But the shell and window design stepped them up from the funcitionality of the 60's. (except the front wing windows of course)
We are now happy with our purchase - in that we really do like the look of the 60's shell better than the 70's. If only they had the 69 interior in an early 60's -pre 65 shell.
good luck and fire the questions away - no matter how small or trivial....