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Old 12-17-2013, 06:35 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone,

I'm getting ready to purchase my first A/S. I've been a fly on the wall of this site for almost a yr now.

What great advice and a great community. I feel like I can purchase with confidence, just from what I've learned here. I'm going vintage, so I know there will be lots of surprises too, but I am ready.

I just looked at a 1964 19-ft Globetrotter. I know, I am holding my breath that I get it. But as I was inspecting the underside I saw something I have never heard mentioned before.

There were two "stabilizers", one next to each tire, bolted to the axle. They do not flip up, so they were permanently down and have a "foot" on them. The trailer was sitting in dirt and the tires a bit low, so they were touching the ground. But the seller said when traveling, they were several inches off the ground. He said they were in case you got a flat tire.

Any ideas??

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Old 12-17-2013, 06:45 PM   #2
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Welcome, skid plates like the owner says. My Bambi II also has them. If they are sitting that low be sure to check the condition of the axel. Sounds like it may be shot.

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Old 12-18-2013, 04:05 PM   #3
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Thanks Michael.

What do I look at where the axle is concerned. I've re-vamped several vintage trailers and they all look corroded and nasty on the bottom. But I get them inspected when I change the tires and pack the bearings. And all have been fine according to my trailer mechanic.

So they all look nasty to me. What in particular should I look for? It's not rusted through anywhere, it doesn't bow down anywhere. I really don't know what to look for.

Thanks, Pam
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Old 12-21-2013, 06:53 AM   #4
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Are we still holding our breath? Do we (you) own a airstream? Pictures soon? I know lots of questions but somebody has to ask. Welcome to the forums and we look forward to following you journey!
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