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Old 06-23-2013, 09:37 PM   #15
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What was the outcome of this situation?
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:08 AM   #16
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I would love to know the same. I am going over to the Eastern Shore today and would have swung by. One post might be the reason for no response....
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In the very early 70's, many Airstream's had a different tire clearance from one side to the other.

It had to do with how the chassis was attached to the floor.

The chassis was tilted to 90 degrees, and was only supported at the coupler and bumper.

That caused the chassis to sag, of course, in the middle.

Then the floor, which was assembled as one piece, was attached.

I caught that error when I was visiting a dealer in Ohio, while I was with Caravanner Insurance, training that dealership.

Shortly afterwards, that boo bo method was corrected.

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I went back to the trailer business and told them that I was not going to accept different rims to correct the problem. I also told them that I wanted the axles sent back to Dexter to change the height setting on the axle so the AS was not setting low on the tires. The top edge of the outside wheel well was about level with the top of the rim. I felt if the AS was sitting higher that much less of the tire would be inside the wheel well. I did measure the distant between the front axle and the real axle and the measurement was the same. When the axles are replaced back on the AS I will re-check that measurement and that of the front axle. The tire size that is on the AS is ST225/75R15. Many thanks
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I went back to the trailer business and told them that I was not going to accept different rims to correct the problem. I also told them that I wanted the axles sent back to Dexter to change the height setting on the axle so the AS was not setting low on the tires. The top edge of the outside wheel well was about level with the top of the rim. I felt if the AS was sitting higher that much less of the tire would be inside the wheel well. I did measure the distant between the front axle and the real axle and the measurement was the same. When the axles are replaced back on the AS I will re-check that measurement and that of the front axle. The tire size that is on the AS is ST225/75R15. Many thanks
If a dealer, especially a non Airstream dealer was asked to order axles for an Airstream, how would they know what the original specs were, let alone increase them to raise the trailer higher than original.

Some Airstream parts, should be obtained from an Airstream dealer, who "hopefully" knows exactly what to order.

Maybe that's why only one Airstream dealer specializes in axles, amoung other things.

Not know where to start, doesn't help very much to get to the end.

There is more to ordering a torsion axle for an Airstream, other than measurements.

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I went back to the trailer business and told them that I was not going to accept different rims to correct the problem. I also told them that I wanted the axles sent back to Dexter to change the height setting on the axle so the AS was not setting low on the tires. The top edge of the outside wheel well was about level with the top of the rim. I felt if the AS was sitting higher that much less of the tire would be inside the wheel well. I did measure the distant between the front axle and the real axle and the measurement was the same. When the axles are replaced back on the AS I will re-check that measurement and that of the front axle. The tire size that is on the AS is ST225/75R15. Many thanks
Those axles were doubly wrong, then. Sitting that low when they're brand new, someday when they wear out you'd probably be scraping the top of the wheel well with your tires and changing tires would be very difficult. On brand new axles you should see a few inches of tire above the upper edge of the rim and below the line of the wheel well. Maybe they were the wrong weight capacity, or the wrong start angle?
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