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Old 05-08-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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Newbie has clearance problem

I have a 2008 Safari Sport 17 foot.
I am a brand new airstreamer. I was looking for the place to put a jack and noticed the tank or cover for the tanks, has been seriously damaged. I either hit something or I bought the unit with serious damage underneath. The tank appears buckled and might be torn open. I can't get low enough to see. I'm going to try to get a mirror under there. It looks like the tank/tank cover only has about 3-4 inches clearance above the street. Is this standard? Can these units even be used on dirt roads? What sort of an inspection should I ask for? There is no Airstream dealer nearby. Marc
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:55 PM   #2
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Photos would help. You should have a not more clearance than 3". Check with Oasis RV in Tucson.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:18 PM   #3
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Hey Marc...Bummer! Have you used the tank yet? If so, did you notice any leakage? You need to get a better look or have it inspected to see what's going on... Sorry we didn't see that when you were at the Lake Pleasant Rally...but then we weren't looking for it...

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Old 05-09-2012, 06:19 AM   #4
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Thanks Terry,

I made an appointment at Affinity RV in Prescott to have it looked at Monday AM. I'm camping this weekend with the Prescott Group at Point of Rocks. I flushed the toilet a couple of times and saw no leakage.
(I did find a dead rabbit which might have been caught by a coyote and got under the trailer where the coyote couldn't go.) I am going to hook up water to the trailer this AM to see what if any tank might be affected. If no leaks I'm probably going to be okay for the weekend.
I just had a probably dumb thought and wonder if all that damage might have been caused by putting a jack under the tank instead of where you showed me it should go? I'll know more when I get a mirror on a stick under there later today.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:32 AM   #5
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I just had a probably dumb thought and wonder if all that damage might have been caused by putting a jack under the tank instead of where you showed me it should go? I'll know more when I get a mirror on a stick under there later today.
Why would you have put a jack under the trailer? The only people I have ever seen jack up an AS trailer have been factory service at Jackson Center. Everyone else drives one wheel up on a long chock so that the other wheel is off the ground. Just about all AS come with BAL stabilizers, thus no jack is necessary.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:35 AM   #6
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Um, a lot of us use jack and jack stands.
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Why would you have put a jack under the trailer? The only people I have ever seen jack up an AS trailer have been factory service at Jackson Center. Everyone else drives one wheel up on a long chock so that the other wheel is off the ground. Just about all AS come with BAL stabilizers, thus no jack is necessary.
The original post is about a 17' Airstream. I'm assuming that it's a single axle trailer, I don't recall seeing any duals that small.
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Why would you have put a jack under the trailer? The only people I have ever seen jack up an AS trailer have been factory service at Jackson Center. Everyone else drives one wheel up on a long chock so that the other wheel is off the ground. Just about all AS come with BAL stabilizers, thus no jack is necessary.
17' Safari Sport is a single-axle trailer.
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Why would you have put a jack under the trailer? The only people I have ever seen jack up an AS trailer have been factory service at Jackson Center. Everyone else drives one wheel up on a long chock so that the other wheel is off the ground. Just about all AS come with BAL stabilizers, thus no jack is necessary.
BAL stabilizers are just that stabilizers, not jacks.
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:55 PM   #10
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that would be some kind of levitation trick though. maybe the vegas airstream dealership will get it on.
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:15 PM   #11
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Why do some people that have a trailer with two or more axels thank that all trailers do? In every thread that is simular to this someone all ways says to just drive it up on a block thus no jack is needed. What works for some does not always work for everyone.
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Pictures would be extremely helpful in allowing us arm-chair doctors to provide a diagnosis. But I agree with the above assertion that you should have way more than 3 inches of clearance. A couple of comments/Questions/suggestions:

1) Did you buy the trailer brand new? If not, there is just as good a chance the previous owner did the damage. It sounds like the damage has allowed the tank to fall so that you have a lot less clearance. If it is just hanging there by its plumbing, then you probably need to get it diagnosed before you lose it on the highway.

2) Which tank is it (fresh water, grey water, or black)? I think your trailer has the freshwater tank above the floor, so I assume it is grey or black. Knowing which tank it is will help you to figure out what conditions to look for a leak in (ie., flushing the toilet won't matter if it is your grey water tank).

3) On the topic of stabilization jacks, there are many of us that use these to stabilize the trailer. There aren't very many places to put a jack under the trailer that will take any force, so it is very possible that someone stuck a jack in the wrong place, or the trailer slipped off of a jack and caused damage. It is hard to imagine a stabilizing jack causing enough damage to result in your tank dropping out of your trailer. On my trailer, it is apparent that a previous owner tried putting a stabilizing jack underneath the banana wrap instead of the frame rail, and caused some very neat dents in the banana wrap.

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OK, my fault for not realizing that the original discussion was a single axle trailer. That said, though, the original post did not elaborate on *why* the jack was placed there. Being a 2008 trailer, it should have the BAL stabilizers, so then the jack was for some other reason (not disclosed by the original poster).

That said, there are issues relating to the very low clearance and the described damages which do require repair. Perhaps some photos would assist in providing more information which would allow for better diagnosis.

Lumatic's suggestion to check with Oasis RV in Tucson merits consideration.
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I think he was just trying to locate the proper jack points...not actually trying to jack it up. ... when he saw the suspected damage...
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