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Old 11-19-2006, 08:09 AM   #1
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Help. Where'd the springs go?

Bought a '75 TT, 25ft. Brand new to Airstreams, though we've used travel trailers extensively over the last ten years. Went to grease bearings and couldn't help but notice the axels are frame mounted and no springs in sight, though each wheel does have an angle mounted shock.

Would appreciate someone 'splaining the suspension to me. Feel kind of dumb calling the police and reporting my springs done been stolen.

Thanks all.
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Old 11-19-2006, 08:16 AM   #2
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Bought a '75 TT, 25ft. Brand new to Airstreams, though we've used travel trailers extensively over the last ten years. Went to grease bearings and couldn't help but notice the axels are frame mounted and no springs in sight, though each wheel does have an angle mounted shock.

Would appreciate someone 'splaining the suspension to me. Feel kind of dumb calling the police and reporting my springs done been stolen.

Thanks all.
No springs on these rigs! Torsion axles and shocks
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Old 11-19-2006, 08:48 AM   #3
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Here a picture of the basic princuple of a rubber torsion system. Yours is different in that it has 4 of the black rubber rods, insted of 3, but the function is the same.
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That is a cool illustration, uwe! Makes it much easier to understand how it works.
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davencece - Uwe is right on with that great gif file of how your axels work. Your trailer and mine sound like they could be related, mine is a 1975 25' double bed Ohio built Trade Wind. It would be great if you could get to the Four Corners Unit Rally in February and compare trailers.
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Old 11-19-2006, 05:02 PM   #6
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where'd axel go?

Thanks all for quick and friendly responses. Just what I needed.

Looking forward to occasional rallyes when restore completed.

Dave and Cece
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Thanks all for quick and friendly responses. Just what I needed.

Looking forward to occasional rallyes when restore completed.

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Can you post pics? Love to see it, sounds like my '75 as well.
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Here a picture of the basic princuple of a rubber torsion system. Yours is different in that it has 4 of the black rubber rods, insted of 3, but the function is the same.
Some additional 'splaning in English.

Uwe's illustration is of the famous Al-Ko Kober axle (Largest torsion axle manufacturer in the WORLD). The 3 sided design is unique to them as mentioned - most torsion axle manufacturers use square tube (much more common) with four rubber cords. Other than some subtle differences - most torsion axles are very similar.

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Sorry, but I got a chuckle out of this one. Almost as good as where is the lumber that keeps the roof up.

We all start somewhere, but it's always nice to see the posts. Would have been even more priceless to see the look on davencece's face when he didn't see springs.
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