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Old 08-18-2008, 09:22 PM   #29
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Andy definitely knows more about vintage Airstreams than I do. I can recognize the lack of wheel visible when I can see it in the photos as Andy indicated, but in your photos, the wheel and tire were both black and in shade so it was impossible for me to tell where the wheel ended and the tire started so I couldn't tell how much tire was showing. Andy has more experience at recognizing this so he probably could tell from empirical knowledge how much was showing and how much wasn't. I'm not saying you have bad axles, but you probably need to have them checked. I would think you can take the Airstream to the storage yard and to a dealer without risking too much damage before you load 'er up. But I wouldn't load her for a three month cross country trip without having the axles checked first.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:28 PM   #30
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Welcome funkill,
I think you have a sharp looking trailer and see many years of enjoyment in your future. I'm sure over time you will find a dozen things that need to be fixed or replaced and eventually it will reflect you. Don't get too worried about the axles, mine need replaced but it will have to wait until the wallet allows. I figure if they fall off I'll drive a little faster so no one knows I left it on the side of the road. Since it has made it 45 years another 1 won't hurt it. Enjoy.

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Old 08-18-2008, 09:40 PM   #31
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:21 AM   #32
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Funkill there are a whole bunch of trailer dealers. I think Bates Airstreamand Rv is there also. I camped on 192 behind camping world in old town, somehow I remember going to a few dealerships just sight seeing.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:41 AM   #33
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Many Camping Worlds are afraid to touch Airstreams. However, if you go to the Airstream.com website and do a "Find a Dealer" search through the corporate website, you should be able to find a dealer on the east coast near your home or near your Airstream storage location.

I think there are some on the southern eastern coast of Florida near Ft. Lauderdale and some north of there as well. Bates is farther away from you I believe. There is also an independent Airstream repair mechanic near Ocala (sorry, I don't know his name, just his reputation) and an Airstream dealer just north of Gainesville (J.D. Sanders). Those may be getting a little far from you, too, and there may be some closer to you. I'm not sure where you are, but I got the impression you were on the east coast.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:51 AM   #34
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Okay - it's confirmed .. time to grow the hair back out, loose a few lbs. and find a skirt! If my pic is only slightly suggesting that I'm a girl, then I am even in a bigger pickle than having bad axles.



No Fear - well, limited fear. I am a little disapointed in this turn - but will not let it dissuade me too long. With some help, encouragement, and some caution, I'll try just about anything. And I'll try to remember about the anger warning... good advice!
Unless a previous owner has already replaced them, pretty much ANY vintage unit prior to '75 will need new axles, as Andy pointed out. And if the previous owner HAS already replaced the axles, then you're going to pay for it up-front in the asking price anyway. So don't beat yourself up too much about this.

When you get a chance, check out the torsion arms yourself, or take the unit to a qualified service shop and have them do it. If you do find you need new axles, your trailer is still not likely to hurl itself apart over the next 5 miles, or next 50 miles even. And if you choose to replace them, you have some options in brand and seller. Check the appropriate sub-forum on this site for more information than you ever thought possible about Airstream axles. You'll be fine.

Anyway, congratulations on your new trailer.

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Old 08-19-2008, 02:15 PM   #35
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funkill, looks like you got an AWESOME TRAILER! (don't let anyone kill yer fun...or yer puns) Thousands of us have purchased vintage trailers KNOWING in advance the axles would need replacement, believe me, it's nothing to freak over. Mine has a couple thousand miles on it with exactly those kind of "yes, they'll need to be replaced...right after I get out on a few trips and have some FUN in it" axles. Knock wood, no catastrophes, no shattered bulkheads, no lost rivets, etcetcetc... and it still tows beautifully on the "shot" axles, just drags the skid plates when backing up the driveway. My point is: don't freak. You got a GREAT trailer. ENJOY IT! ......then replace the axles...
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Old 08-19-2008, 04:25 PM   #36
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Funkill; Congratulations on your AS. With out knowing much at all about airstreams, in January of this year I bought a brand new (to me) 63 Trade Wind, my first one. It looked so good in and out, and seamed well maintained. On my first outing I noticed the drawers came open , things fell to the floor etc. The next outing I noticed that a # of rivets had popped. Well after i found a wealth of information on these forums i discovered that yes i had bad axles.Had them changed and now it's smooth streamin and things stay in there place. It wasn't that bad. You will get alot of help and good advice here.
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:12 PM   #37
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Funkill bad axles are not the end of your Airstream life! Just a small bump in the road. Pull the trailer some like it is now and when you change your axles you will be able to tell a great improvement in the way it pulls and handles. And also much safer. We buy these vintage trailers with the knowlege that they will need some upgrading, I know mine is in need of several things. I do one at a time with the safety items first (tires, brakes, wheels, lites , axles, shocks....) and so on. But it is worth it in the end as the fun factor is priceless!
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:58 PM   #38
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I would like to see some interior pics funkill. I remember mine that was a great trailer to have for me. I miss her. My 31 is great also. maybe because the 27 foot overlander was my first airstream. There is a thread show your stuff and those interiors are great, it gives people ideas and what themes will look like.
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Old 08-20-2008, 09:12 AM   #39
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Thanks to all of you who responded in *positive* likes and encouraged me not to be too freaked out. I was starting to think I was the new owner of a very expensive silver turd! I'll look at for a local dealer - but am actually thinking that I might be able to handle the axle R&R myself. Well, again, with a bit of assistance from someone of the male persuasion ... as a few guys I work with have mentioned that they may be able to help me. I'll get over to the airstream next week to get a better look at the torsion arms and take a few pics - go from there.
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:42 AM   #40
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Funkill , you don't have a silver turd. you have a silver home away from home. cheaper than motels for get aways. You have your own bathroom and kitchen. ( Great plus) Any used item will have a few issues. New things are not perfect either, My new Nissan gas fill door release lever broke when I tried to fill up the second time. dealer had to fix it twice before it stayed fixed. Tires, axles and leaks are usually the most pressing to get right as soon as possible. On trailers it is usually the 3 listed above. On motorhomes it is usually tires, air bags and leaks. Fix what you can as you can and try to go camping at least once a month. Andy can be pretty blunt,but he has a great amount of varied knowledge that he has shared with those of us on this forum. Welcome to the forums and enjoy your new silver get away cabin.

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Old 08-20-2008, 03:46 PM   #41
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Funkill,
Welcome and enjoy! We purchased our AS over a year ago and we probably did not educate ourselves as much as we should have. We did get lucky, however, but it seemed that each time I would research something on here, I went away scared to death. We did replace our axles ourselves and the job was not very difficult. There is a wealth of knowledge here and some great advice from folks who have been doing this a long time. Just take a deep breath, pour an adult beverage and enjoy! After all that is what Airstreaming is all about.

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Old 08-21-2008, 09:17 AM   #42
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I might add that it is nice to take it out a few times before you start changing things. That way you have a better idea for what works and what doesnt. I have had alot of freinds buy old cars or trailers and tear them apart then they land up parts in the garage then on ebay. If you have memories and fun in it, you will have the drive to get it back on the road. Thats what works for me anyways. I never tear into anything the first year then I chart my course, also it save s alot of money. I still want to see more pictures (interior)
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