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Old 08-30-2011, 04:04 PM   #1
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A local mechanic was helping me install an anti-sway hitch to my truck for my new to me first-time airstream. He noted little clearance under the tank cleanout and asked if the springs can be reversed so that I would not have bottoming-out issues on some of the back roads I will be frequenting while fishing. Tried to search but did not find anything. Thanks, You guys are a wealth of info.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:27 PM   #2
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What year and model Airstream do you have?

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A local mechanic was helping me install an anti-sway hitch to my truck for my new to me first-time airstream. He noted little clearance under the tank cleanout and asked if the springs can be reversed so that I would not have bottoming-out issues on some of the back roads I will be frequenting while fishing. Tried to search but did not find anything. Thanks, You guys are a wealth of info.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:29 PM   #3
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My new toy is a 1994 22 Sovereign. She is a beauty.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:31 PM   #4
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You don't have springs but torsion axles. Therefore you cannot reverse the springs.

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Old 08-30-2011, 04:57 PM   #5
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Airstream's ride lower than most trailers on the road. This should not be a problem but it is important that the ball height be set so that the trailer is as level as possible when hitched. If you travel on back roads, go slowly. The only issue I've noted is that on rare occasions I've found a sewer inlet that was higher than the trailer's outlet. The Sewer Solution solved this problem when it comes up.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:21 PM   #6
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I know what your up against. What I consider a poor design. On the 21' Sovereign the dump system is right behind the wheel and only about 8" off the ground. I always worried that with a flat or with inattention to service station driveways...BANG and it would be a big time problem. Be careful and be aware.
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I've always wondered if the low carriage design dates back to the era when Airstreams were towed primarily by passenger cars? The design likely contributes to the positive towing characteristics many of us enjoy having towed other travel trailers in the past. But some TV need a pretty long drop shank to get the ball height low enough to achieve a level ride for the TT. Initially I had real concerns about dragging the tail on the sloped apron on my driveway, but my fears were unfounded. I just go slow and try to attack at an angle rather than head on.

A flat should not by itself allow the sewer connector to contact the ground unless the torsion rods in the axle(s) are extremely worn. The more likely cause of damage would come from flying chunks of tire from a blowout and that could happen regardless of trailer height.
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Thank you all for your responses to my uneducated question. I have a lot to learn and will no doubt come up with some more dumb ones.
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