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Old 09-17-2014, 05:10 PM   #29
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How thick is the channel? I don't know why they did not use Square Tubing.

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Old 09-17-2014, 05:55 PM   #30
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3/16 channel boxed in from the front hold down back to bumper. It is added to and reinforced in the back for the grey tank. The out riggers are different they do not have the cut outs they are solid all the way across.
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Old 09-17-2014, 06:46 PM   #31
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My photos wont post from ipad. Help anyone?
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Old 09-17-2014, 06:46 PM   #32
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The Caravelle is a rare Airstream. They were built light so they could be towed with the 4 cylinder cars of the day as I read the 1980 Airstream brochure. But I would be scared to death of a 3" channel A frame. That's small utility trailer stuff.

Geez, my 66 was built with a 5" box channel A-frame. The rest of the frame is 5" C channel. The trailer weighs about 4100 lbs.

What did Airstream build the 07 19 footers with?

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Old 09-17-2014, 08:15 PM   #33
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Stronger than you would think. Run about 600lb tounge weigh loaded. Is yours made with formed channel or structural channel?
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The A frame on the 66 Trade Wind is 5' x 1.5" x 3/16 thick fabricated boxed channel. Tongue weight is about 440 lbs. I don't believe there is any situation I could create with my Reese WD hitch that would bend one of these frame members, other than a head on crash!

I had my trailer jacked up all last winter supported by jack stands under the left and right rear axle plates, and the tongue jack. Three points of support leaving the A frame and frame rails to support the weight of the trailer. I didn't detect any problem. I stood on the A frame while working on the front of the body. Seemed real solid.

I can't imagine a weight distribution bar bending an A frame member on a 07 Airstream. Just trying to understand what caused Sbb's damage.

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Old 09-18-2014, 07:08 AM   #35
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Has the trailer been dropped off the jack on a hard surface? Jim
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:09 PM   #36
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All fixed, new airframe, one part ( frame) , many hours of labor. I am able to use same hitch, although slightly different hitch setup. Tomorrow car will be unloaded u til next May, it will be interesting to see if there is any difference.
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:10 PM   #37
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I Bent My Frame

Did they replace the entire frame ?

If so, did they give you a bill to pay?
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:27 PM   #38
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Why of course I get a bill, $3500.00. I now have 3/16 5" steel tube, they fiound a slight leak up front which was cleaned and sealed. A bonus for me. The dinette and more had to come out to do the work, because the frame was bolted from under my front floor.
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:42 PM   #39
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I Bent My Frame

I didn't know for sure if it was a warrantee thing or not, and I was wondering if they replaced the entire frame, which would have seemed like overkill to me.

I see now that the trailer is an 06, but I hadn't looked at your profile till now.

I didn't want to come right out and say that if they charged you 10K to replace the entire frame...

And I didn't want to outright ask you how much the repair cost,,,, so I apologize for not expressing my curiosity forthright.

It sounds like you did pretty well by getting out for $3,500 though.
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Old 10-03-2014, 01:55 PM   #40
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Wow that is an expensive fix - still much cheaper than a new trailer... Nevertheless, considering the amount of time and materials that must have gone into the fix, I think that you got a pretty darn good deal.
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Old 10-03-2014, 04:53 PM   #41
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I expect you will be very happy with the trailer now. I had to have a new A frame at JC because of a rust problem. They did a fine job. More expensive than a local welding shop maybe but less chance of damaging something else in the trailer. You can think of yours as a true upgrade rather than just a repair.

A comment from Wally B. to someone who had a expensive problem to fix. "Airstreams are not cheap."
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