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Old 07-18-2014, 09:28 PM   #1
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Redecorating our 1977 26T

The baby has new tires and a new A/C unit. She is roadworthy as soon as I get new shocks on her. Anyone have a part number from Monroe or any other shock mfg for them? I can't read any numbers on any shock. Has anyone redone their floors with TrafficMaster vinyl plank flooring and if so, what prep did you do and did you use any additional adhesive? My wife would like to replace the curtains in the front on the large window. Any one have any new way to do curtains there? If not, I need a source for the plastic slides that hold the curtains in place. Mine are so brittle from the AZ sun that they crumble when you touch them. Finally, what is the best source for light fixture lenses? I have all the fixtures working but no lenses survived the AZ heat.

Appreciate all the help and suggestions in the forum. My new tow vehicle is now a 2003 Durango, 5.9, full tow pkg and a 3.55 posi rear. I am seeing 12 mpg at 65 mph. Is that about what I should expect? My 2011 Nissan Xterra pulled it ok on the flat but the trailer often was controlling the Xterra, not the other way around. Can't wait to get the baby finished so we can camp again!
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:08 PM   #2
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Did you find replacement shocks for your 77? I have a 77 29'er and I think I'm due to replace the shocks... any tips or advise would be appreciated? Brand new on here today... Thanks!
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:29 PM   #3
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I think you can get the shocks, curtain slides and lenses from Inland RV. If they are not on the website, call them because they don't list everything. I have Monroe Magnum 555003 shocks on mine.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:32 PM   #4
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Inland RV, Out of doors Mart and Vintage Trailer Supply are great sources for parts. There are a couple of places that specialize in airstream curtains, I cant remember their name but do a search here and you will come up with them.
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Old 07-21-2014, 12:11 AM   #5
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I just purchased new curtain slides from Vintage Trailer Supply. They are awesome. They don't need to be sewn on like the old ones; it's a hook and eye configuration. Order the drapery hooks they sell to go with the slides.
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I just purchased new curtain slides from Vintage Trailer Supply. They are awesome. They don't need to be sewn on like the old ones; it's a hook and eye configuration. Order the drapery hooks they sell to go with the slides.
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We need a bunch of slides for the curtains also.
I looked at Vintage Trailer Supply and found the curtain slides but am not sure which ones I need. I would like the ones that don't need to be sewn on like you mentioned.
Can you direct me to the right ones on their website?
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Old 09-19-2014, 12:07 AM   #7
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We just did our curtains. My wife used the old ones for a pattern. The slides came from Vintage Trailer Supply. There are 2 types for the 70's tracks. T-slides and G-slides.

The T-slides are for tracks that are mounted above the curtain with the track opening on the top or bottom. usually the end pano windows. The G-slides are for tracks with the slide on the side, typically the side windows and mounted on side walls. We didn't realize this and used T-slides thru out. They work ok but are harder to open and close because they are in tension.

We also learned that if you put a lot of slides on so the curtains look nice and pleated, they won't open too far because the slides stack up against each other in the track! I have pano windows on both ends but most of the pano side windows are covered when the curtains are open open and my wife won't take a panel out because she spent so much time making them.
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Old 09-19-2014, 07:44 AM   #8
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One of the sites previously mentioned has a great video instructional for replacing the shocks, including a tip for splitting the rubber grommet or spacer.
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:53 PM   #9
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To all;

Got 4 new Gabriel shocks from Inland RV today for our 77 Argosy 26T. Went to install them but I have a problem. The inner nuts do not clear the trailer body when you unscrew them and even if they did, the shock would not clear the body and stud to come off or the new ones go on. What am I missing here? We continue with the updates. New tires, propane tanks recertified, new flooring and had the original SS Magic Chef range top and door black powder coated. Looks super. Waiting for an oven handle now but I need help with the shock problem. Anyone changed them themselves?
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Shock installation issue

Remove the top rubber bushing and cut it in half so it's split. There are several youtube videos out to help, but that's the secret to installing the shocks... no need to bend anything. By splitting the bushing you can put half the bushing on the stud, slip the shock on and put the other half of the bushing on prior to the big washer and nut.

New shocks made a tremendous handling improvement on my 1977 26 foot Ambassador.

Good luck!
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Old 10-30-2014, 10:34 AM   #11
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Here's the video link showing how to remove and cut the bushing in half to install shocks on your Airstream.
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Remove the top rubber bushing and cut it in half so it's split. There are several youtube videos out to help, but that's the secret to installing the shocks... no need to bend anything. By splitting the bushing you can put half the bushing on the stud, slip the shock on and put the other half of the bushing on prior to the big washer and nut.

New shocks made a tremendous handling improvement on my 1977 26 foot Ambassador.

Good luck!
Pulverizer;

Just started a new thread about this. I can't even get the nut off the stud as it bottoms out against the steel flange before it has passed all the threads. I don't have any room to get the nut off, much less the shock. Any Ideas? PS - the new shocks are Gabriel Part Number 610816 in case anyone needs the number. Came from Inland RV.
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