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Old 12-19-2010, 05:35 PM   #15
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Made it home 60 miles with only one incedent. Pretty good I'd say considering this trailer problably hasn't moved in 10-15 years. The tires are old, but were well protected and actually look really good. I still don't trust them though.

Half way back the belly pan decided to start removing itself at the front edge and worked quite a few of the rivets out. some duct tape got us the rest of the way home.I figure since it is halfway off now I'll take a look in there to see what needs to be done.

It's not the prettiest thing out there, but it'll do and well get busy fixing it up. The guy included a whole sway-reducing trailer hitch. these worth installing? the trailer seemed to pull just fine as-is.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:50 PM   #16
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Made it home 60 miles with only one incedent. Pretty good I'd say considering this trailer problably hasn't moved in 10-15 years. The tires are old, but were well protected and actually look really good. I still don't trust them though.

Half way back the belly pan decided to start removing itself at the front edge and worked quite a few of the rivets out. some duct tape got us the rest of the way home.I figure since it is halfway off now I'll take a look in there to see what needs to be done.

It's not the prettiest thing out there, but it'll do and well get busy fixing it up. The guy included a whole sway-reducing trailer hitch. these worth installing? the trailer seemed to pull just fine as-is.
I would suspect that your Airstream is bottoming out when hitting bumps.

From your photo, it shows that part of the tops of the wheel, are hidden.

When the rubber rods, within the axle are ok, you should be able to see a couple of inches of the tires, "above the top of the wheels". If the rods are bad, they either solidify or collapse. In either case, bottoming out will occur, when towing.

There is an article in the Airstream Central portion of this web site, titled, "Dura torque axle," that will teach you how to check them out.

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Old 12-19-2010, 08:53 PM   #17
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Yeah, I suspect you are right about the axles. It is 54 years old and doesn't look like it has been updated much. I figured in the cost of axles into the purchase price. I know it is not good to drive on bottoming out axles, but I had no choice to get it home.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:51 PM   #18
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George, glad its home safe and sound and ready for you to start taking care of her. Ours had a 12 hour drive home with a real bad axle, we feel your pain. You'll love the look when it doesn't have a droopy back end anymore. Look forward to seeing pictures of the rest of your new baby!
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Yes, the equalizer hitch is worth installing. Airstreams pull very well but with the equalizer hitch installed they pull like a dream.
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