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Old 02-17-2009, 04:36 AM   #29
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I've actually aired down the trailer tires a couple of times on severely washboarded roads to allow the tires to flex and roll over the surface rather than beat the trailer to death. After I got to smoother road, I just stopped and aired them back up to the correct pressure. I always carry an air compressor with me when I travel since almost all public sources of air are next to impossible to get 50+ feet of truck and trailer up to, or they aren't working when you really need them.

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Old 02-17-2009, 05:58 AM   #30

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This has been a big help on the back roads of the Adirondack St. Park.

5mph justabout right, if you can hear the stones in the wheelwells, 'yer go'n too fast.
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"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:30 AM   #31
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:30 AM   #32
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This was at the end of 21 miles of dirt washboard. No problems.
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:38 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by rambn View Post
I live in the desert region of southern California. There are places in which I would like to boondock, some off them with access via washboarded roads. I've read on this board about stories of such vibrations actually knocking the cabinets loose.

I've had some trouble with 07 Bambi, so I'm a little gun-shy. Although I would really like to go camp where I can find solitude, I wonder if it's worth the risk. I could simply could camp at an actual campground, but that's not the same.

I realize that Airstreams are not off-road RVs, but I feel frustrated that maybe I need to treat the thing with kid gloves for fear that it will fall apart.

Go slow on the washboard roads. The vibration will not be as bad. and also "make sure your running gear is balanced"
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Old 02-17-2009, 10:02 AM   #34
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One place I've gone to about 3 times has 15 miles of washboard roads. I don't go any faster than 8-11 miles a hour and though it does take some time to get there that last leg of the trip, I have not had ANY issues as a result.

I would in the strongest possible terms suggest that you consider mudflap or an enkay type hitch mud flap (or both) to reduce the projectiles that can fly off the rear wheels of the tow vehicle into the trailer.
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Old 03-01-2009, 02:40 PM   #35
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Your trailer is higher and shorter than ours.

We've gone over some darn rocky rutted roads without damage.

I once asked Rod at C&G about raising the suspension for off roading. He told me to do what Wally did to cross Africa.

"What's that." I asked.

His answer was. "He slowed down."

WARNING: DO NOT follow Goin camping down a dead end road with no turn around.It was hard on his trailer trailers.

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