Greetings Paul in Rhode Island!
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Originally Posted by IH Collector
I have become a recent owner of a 1963
Bambi. I am not familiar with the suspension system installed manufactured by Mor/Ryde. The main shock absorbing component seems to be a thick rubber spring. Was this a standard setup in 1963? Did it prove itself over time? Is it reliable and safe after 40+ years? Visually inspecting the setup, the rubber is not cracked and seems to be in "like new" condition.
After searching the forum I can see no reference to this product used in other Airstream trailers. I would appreciate any information or experience someone could share. Thanks.
Paul in Rhode Island
Are you certain that your Bambi actually has Mor/Ryde? If it does, it is likely a change made by a previous owner. Beginning in 1961
, Airstream started using the Henschen DuraTorque Axles - - these axles are described on the InlandRV website at:
DuraTorque Axle Data
If your coach actually has the DuraTorque, you may very well find that the rubber rods have lost their resiliency which would necessitate the replacement of the axle. I know that both my '64 Overlander and '78 Minuet have needed new DuraTorques to replace their worn originals.
Good luck with your coach!