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Old 11-01-2018, 10:55 PM   #15
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PTECK - Yeah, this is the issue why I have not removed the fixed loops to replace with casters. The casters actually REDUCE the already limited clearance. From a design engineering standpoint, the ideal design would be a caster system that is fully retracted but with a plunger pre-set at the max clearance desired. Once the plunger scrapes pavement, it drops caster. Of course, it is easier said than done, because a non-fixed caster would have to be engineered even more beefier than a fixed one, thus reducing clearance further. And hench the vicious cycle repeats. Ughh! I may just have to live with the fixed loops. I have been judicious & careful with driveways when I have a choice. I try always approaching at an angle instead of perpendicular. So far, I have only very barely scraped one of the loops
From driving very low clearance sports cars all my life, I can tell you that steel slides quite nicely. Even if fully engaged and dragging on whatever surface. Sure, it may leave a mark on the tarmac (as you see in the steep driveway entrances and speed bumps), but the steel member on the vehicle is really no worse for wear other than some cosmetic scrapes. Even after repeated day after day scraping.

Approaching and departing these transitions at an angle does does wonders for clearance.
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Old 11-02-2018, 01:31 AM   #16
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Does that mean we can't tar & feather them?
ROWIEBOWIE - That's too light of punishment. I vote strapping them down on the tip of the protrusion I am not ashamed to say through the years, I have scraped many a nice wheels. Yeah, sure it my fault, but still . . . On the other hand, I notice many local LV parking lots are staying away from them, only putting them on really critical junctions and always with a tree, lightpole, or some type of vertical sign to serve as visual aid. Another example is in our subdivision, there are no squared off curbs. The street goes into the gutters and then gently slopes up to meet the sidewalks/lawns. So if somehow I misjudged the C/S, I just gently roll up the gutter to the curb and not ruin a wheel, tire, or alignment or undercarriage. All new developments here are built that way.
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Great discussion of the limitations of adding casters/rollers, thanks.

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Old 11-07-2018, 10:01 AM   #18
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I add a hitch receiver on both sides for accessories and add a skid roller.
The height is the same as the flimsy sheet metal bows which I would not consider a skid plate as the bend or shear off at contact.
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:15 AM   #19
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I am just finishing a full redo on my vintage travelux. I have put a skid on the valve side but will probably add one on the other side. It has not hit anything yet,due probably, to raising the suspension profile by putting the axles under the springs.
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I am just finishing a full redo on my vintage travelux. I have put a skid on the valve side but will probably add one on the other side. It has not hit anything yet,due probably, to raising the suspension profile by putting the axles under the springs.
MRFIXIT51 - looks customized. Does not look like you can buy that from any store. Very nice job! Since I am one of those 'prefer symmetrical' guys, I am with you on adding extra on other side, whether it needs or not, to balance the look. Not that anyone will be inspecting that underside too often, but then again you said it is raised higher now, so maybe it will be seen more
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I add a hitch receiver on both sides for accessories and add a skid roller.
The height is the same as the flimsy sheet metal bows which I would not consider a skid plate as the bend or shear off at contact.
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PSCHW - Is this on an Interstate, it sure looks it BUT your hitch bumper body skirting opening seems wider than mine. I was going to pursue the same, 1 on each side of factory installed hitch exactly for same purpose. I hate my bike rack always shaking a bit in spite of the hitch tighteners. Luckily I have a friend who can weld 2 of them. You say it's same height as the loops? How did you manage that since the new hitches are 2" already + roller height? Also can you post the entire 3 hitches shown, please? I really interested on how the final product looks.
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I own a 1973 Streamline that came out of the factory with small wheels - approximately 2” in diameter. They work well on slow inclines but I have luckily never put them in a shearing impact. They are cheaply replaced at your local Granger store.
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:44 PM   #23
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PSCHW - Is this on an Interstate, it sure looks it BUT your hitch bumper body skirting opening seems wider than mine. I was going to pursue the same, 1 on each side of factory installed hitch exactly for same purpose. I hate my bike rack always shaking a bit in spite of the hitch tighteners. Luckily I have a friend who can weld 2 of them. You say it's same height as the loops? How did you manage that since the new hitches are 2" already + roller height? Also can you post the entire 3 hitches shown, please? I really interested on how the final product looks.


Yes it is a 2013 Interstate not extended and I believe Airstream changed the rear bumper in 2014.
My “skid” loops been about 3” or 4” high and the lowers roller I could find was 2” high. Ultra-Fab Products (48-979021) 2" x 2" Weld-On Steel Mini Roller purchase from Amazon.
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I made a accessory bar going into both outside hitches which was not working to well as it is difficult to line up the hitches perfectly and have the studs welded perfectly parallel so I am rethinking this part.
As usual at mods are more or less a work in progress.
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Skid plates loops or rollers you still can, CAN the back corners of AS, if you don't no what canning means it is wrinkling of skin on back corners. It can happen as my AS is proof of it on 1 corner that didn't drag that hard. Bottom line avoid any place where can drag. My AS drug entering gas station even on angle to avoid dragging.
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Yes it is a 2013 Interstate not extended and I believe Airstream changed the rear bumper in 2014.
My “skid” loops been about 3” or 4” high and the lowers roller I could find was 2” high. Ultra-Fab Products (48-979021) 2" x 2" Weld-On Steel Mini Roller purchase from Amazon.

I made a accessory bar going into both outside hitches which was not working to well as it is difficult to line up the hitches perfectly and have the studs welded perfectly parallel so I am rethinking this part.
As usual at mods are more or less a work in progress.
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PSCHW - THANK YOU, those pics awesome! That is how I envisioned the concept in my mind. But you definitely have it better with the wider opening on the lower skirting. My 2018 probably only has half that width, so hopefully my friend can make it look as good as yours. As you say, alignment of the hitches is tricky but once you got it aligned, you're set
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Skid plates loops or rollers you still can, CAN the back corners of AS, if you don't no what canning means it is wrinkling of skin on back corners. It can happen as my AS is proof of it on 1 corner that didn't drag that hard. Bottom line avoid any place where can drag. My AS drug entering gas station even on angle to avoid dragging.
FEATHERBEDDER - Learned a new term today - canning. And after you explained the wrinkling, then I can visualize it. Sorry to hear happened to you. I am almost ridiculously over careful to the point where I will skip a gas station to find one with flat approaches, even if lots more expensive diesel. Small price to pay to prevent rig & my face wrinkles
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....if you don't no what canning means it is wrinkling of skin on back corners. It can happen as my AS is proof of it on 1 corner that didn't drag that hard. ....
Any pics of this? Thanks.
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Skid plates loops or rollers you still can, CAN the back corners of AS, if you don't no what canning means it is wrinkling of skin on back corners. It can happen as my AS is proof of it on 1 corner that didn't drag that hard. Bottom line avoid any place where can drag. My AS drug entering gas station even on angle to avoid dragging.


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