Originally Posted by ROBERT CROSS
On the ground all axles are almost dead even with the mount channel and all dropped to the same angle when jacked, again a good sign..I think.
One question, if I have about 3"s rebound, do I also have 3 of compression? If it's not too hectic around here when we leave, I'll try for some photo's when we are loaded and see how much angle I've lost.
So all, what do 'ya think?
The 3 inches of travel is good.
The problem is bottoming out.
When the torsion arms are almost parallel to the ground, with no pay load, then when the pay load is added, it's wise to check the position of the arms again.
There is a built in "stop", which will cause bottoming out, when hitting some bumps. When the arms are parallel when loaded then the trailer is about at it's limit.
If the arms are going up hill when the trailer is loaded, then bottoming out will happen.
Bottoming out, lack of proper running gear balance, excessive rated hitch bars and super heavy duty tow vehicles, all contribute to damaging the trailer, in one way or another.
Was your ever Airstream parked for an extended period of time? If so, then that's the likely cause of the problem.
The rubber rods in the axle housings, must be exercised, to stay alive, at least every year or so, to be safe. Towing it a few miles at least once a year, will prolong the life of torsion axle rubber rods.