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Old 02-25-2011, 10:55 AM   #15
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Thanks Top, I will probably put them on, I've gone this far might as well finish. Oriely auto has them local, that was a surprise!
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Thanks Top, I will probably put them on, I've gone this far might as well finish. Oriely auto has them local, that was a surprise!
The correct part number for the Airstream horizontal shocks is 0220003.

Use caution when using a shock that does not have a known stiffness, as one that is too stiff could cause a shock beacket to shear off.

When in doubt, using the OEM part, puts you back to original, safely.

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There is no doubt. Those are the correct Monroe gasmatic shocks. I got that number from Colin Hyde. An Airstream number is just a number. Since Airstream doesn't manufacture shocks that I'm aware of, I'm sure it's just a number that will cross reference to a Monroe, Bilstein or KYB part number.
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There is no doubt. Those are the correct Monroe gasmatic shocks. I got that number from Colin Hyde. An Airstream number is just a number. Since Airstream doesn't manufacture shocks that I'm aware of, I'm sure it's just a number that will cross reference to a Monroe, Bilstein or KYB part number.
Airstream uses a Gabriel shock.

Many non Airstream dealers, use all kinds of different products, since they cannot purchase from Airstream as a dealer.

They may or may not be using the correct replacement part.

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Old 02-25-2011, 02:49 PM   #19
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I dont believe I've ever heard of a funcioning shock being so stiff it could shear a bolt that is the correct size for that shocks collar. I know Monroe is a good product, and I'm sure both brands will perform well. My old ones are solid as a rock, I'm sure this will be better!
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I will disagree with Monroe being a good shock maybe a few years back (more then 5yrs) but Now there cheap and not worth the trouble. I have had to replace several of there shocks that were less then a year old and under 10k miles on them (automotive)
if you buy them keep your receipt you will most likely need to warranty at least one of them.
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I believe you, but I dont think I've ever purchased a "bad" shock of any brand. Gabriel and Monroe are making most of the different brands with different paint and boxes. They are like alternators, I toured a local place called Unit Parts in Edmond. Unit parts boxes alternators for ten or so brands. They put the same alternators in different boxes, and everyone says one is better than the other at the parts house. There just are'nt the many manufacturers.
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I don't believe I've ever heard of a functioning shock being so stiff it could shear a bolt that is the correct size for that shocks collar.
The only time I've seen that happen is when someone put air shocks on a car, and inflated the shocks to the max. Both upper shock bolts got torn out of their housing, and it was no wonder, since there was essentially zero "give" with that much pressure. Regular Monroe Matic or Gas Matic RV should be fine. I have put Monroe shocks on several Airstream and Argosy trailers over the years, and have yet to see a mounting bolt broken off by one.
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I looked at my old shocks this afternoon. They were the original shocks installed when the trailer was built. Three were seeping fluid. The one that wasn't seeping fluid was nearly impossible to move. Here is what is stamped on them;

Pliacell 341-71 V BOTTOM V
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Delco Products Dayton, Ohio USA

Since it is clearly stamped with V BOTTOM V I doubt it to be a horizontal shock. I guess I'll stop by the Airstream dealer next week and have a look at a new one. I wonder how much Penske racing would charge to put one Airstream shock and one Monroe on the shock dyno and do some side by side comparison....
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That I can agree with!
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I wonder how much Penske racing would charge to put one Airstream shock and one Monroe on the shock dyno and do some side by side comparison....
Hmmm... Terry Labonte owns an RV dealership just down the street from my apartment. Maybe they'll do the same--if they have a shock dyno laying around... It would be interesting to get two sets of independent results.
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That I can agree with!
What can you agree with?
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I was agreeing with the air shock pumped up to max. I guess I'd have to talk to an engineer on the rest of it. The way I see a shock, it is a sealed unit. If you turn it on its side or upside down it will not spill. When a shock of any kind leaks it has failed. I cant grasp that the position of the shock has anything to do with this. That would be like saying a hydraulic cylinder will leak if you use it on its side. I dont know, but I think trailer shocks are just trailer shocks.
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Ok I see.
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