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Old 12-17-2012, 09:33 PM   #1
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Is this tail sag?

Looking at an ad for a 1986 Airstream 31 foot, the picture shows a crease on the right side above the bumper. Is this an example of the dreaded tail sag?
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:47 PM   #2
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Someone jacked that camper up by the rear bumper at some point in its life.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:16 AM   #3
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I have the same thing... however the streetside occurred while I was enroute... was not there as we left a campsite then was there at a field stop. I have no rot! I think a gap in the c channel allowed a bump to crush it. Very odd
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:41 AM   #4
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Damage like that is common on the longer trailers and is caused when leaving a driveway too fast and the frame skid hits the ground hard.

The frame and floor is jamed up toward the body too fast, and creases the skin.
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Yup! Stupid me hit the ground on my way out of a gas station. The upside of this is I now have a matching set! Symmetry is important to me, arrgh!
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I have thought of adding European spec reflector triangles to obscure my oops.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:33 PM   #7
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It can be a sign of floor rot due to a leak in that corner - road vibration then allows the unsupported wall to fold in. I know. Had mine fixed.

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It can be a sign of floor rot due to a leak in that corner - road vibration then allows the unsupported wall to fold in. I know. Had mine fixed.

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That could be a "which came first, the chicken or the egg" situation, because after the panel is wrinkled, it will probably leak in that area which would cause floor rot.
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Jump up and down on the bumper and watch where the bumper area is attached to the body. There should be little if any independent movement. Also check the caulk line where the body joins the bumper area. Any cracks or gaps?
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Is there any way to fix it?
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Is there any way to fix it?
To fix it 100%, I believe it takes a panel replacement.
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If by rear end sag you mean rear end separation panel replacement does not have anything to do with it. You might replace that corner panel to fix that dent though, but it does not look necessary.

The fix is to reconnect the floor with the C channel at the bottom of the wall. Not a quick fix. There are numerous past threads on the subject.
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Just because that panel is dented, it does not necessarily have seperation. The dent could have and was most likely caused by exiting a driveway too fast and hitting the frame skid.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:25 PM   #14
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If it did not have the dreaded bumper plate leak before the bottoming out event it most surely does now. Is it a rear bath or center bath? The bumper plate leak is the cause of rear end separation and rear floor and frame rot.

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