Originally Posted by Aluminati
After much toil... I am going to pick my baby up this weekend.
She was getting new tires put on her.
She is at the Dealership.
The guy checked it out and told the the following.
Shocks need to be replaced down the road.
"I DONT NEED NEW AXLES!!!" They are in great shape..."from dealer not me"
I do need new shocks.
They packed the bearings
I dont need new brakes
and ALL OF THE LIGHTS WORK...ALL OF THEM!!!
The dealer said I was VERY LUCKY.
He said he was amazed that I did not need new brakes
It has been sitting in the same place since 1979!!!
I nothing but respect for the quality and craftsmanship of Airstreams!!
Any torsion axle that has not been exercised in 28 years, is bound to be bad.
There are two things to check to make sure the axles are ok.
The first is the following article, which will help you check out part of the axles.
Dura Torque Axle
The second thing to check, is how much bounce can you get from the axles if you jump up and down in the trailer?
Or, another way to check out the rubber rods, to make super sure that they have some life left, is jack up one side of the trailer. The tires should drop about 3 inches.
If not, then the rubber has solidified and will not offer any cushion to the chassis and shell.
If the rods have hardened, many different damages will happen to the trailer, since it would have no shock absorbing ability other than the tires, which is not enough.
If the rods are bad, and they should be since the trailer has sat for many years, you will, when towing, shear rivets, cause frame fatigue, fatigue cracks in the shell, broken wires, broken copper tubing in the AC, water leaks, and, rear end separation, to name a few.
An Airstream trailer loves a soft ride. If it has a rough ride, it will be very rough on you pocket book as well.
Also check the exterior gaskets. They should all be shot by now.
Keeping exterior water out of the interior of your Airstream, is very important.
You say part of the floor already needs replacing.
Before you attempt any interior repairs, you should make absolutely sure that the shell is water tight.
Others here will tell you many horror stories of what water can do to the interior of your Airstream.