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Old 02-22-2008, 08:47 PM   #1
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Question on 16' CCD 4,300 'CSA' Axle?

I was looking at the Airstream factory web page, and the 2008 16' CCD shows a 3,500 axle as standard, and also show a 4,300 axle as 'CSA' - does anyone know what CSA means?

I would like to upgrade my 2005 16' CCD with the 4,300 axle - if Airstream has done that for the 2008 model, I feel better that my axle could be switched with low risk of problems.

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Old 02-22-2008, 09:20 PM   #2
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/// does anyone know what CSA means?

I would like to upgrade my 2005 16' CCD with the 4,300 axle...!
hir rdm'

the csa units are 'exports' to canada and have canadian specs n certification.

yes an uprated axle can be added,

might wanna do the wheels, tires and brakes too.

imo the wheel tire package is an essential part of this switch,

while the disc brakes are awesome but not absolutely necessary.

ljmiii posted several threads on this issue last year and had the upgrade done...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f365...vwr-26853.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f368...vwr-28020.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f437...ade-30441.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f437...ies-31702.html

the change out isn't that difficult but i won't want to be the first for a local low volume dealer...

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Old 02-22-2008, 10:04 PM   #3
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Hi 2air
Thanks for the explanation, and the links.

I always wonder how much design engineering goes into an Airstream model, and I presume they do 'enough' so when we buy one, we can have confidence that the trailer will tow and handle well, etc.

I've been thinking about this upgrade for a couple of years now, but I never had a good feeling that the necessary engineering would have been done - just becasue it will bolt on doesn't necessarily mean the design has been checked out and tested, you know?

So, when I saw Airstream advertising this on their website it makes me feel like they've done the engineering for the 4300 axle, just like I hope they did on my 3500 axle.

Of course, I could be assuming a lot in the first place about how much engineering goes in to these....

I totally agree about the upgrade to the wheels and tires at the same time - I want the larger wheel and the higher rating tire than I have on my trailer now. I've got to think hard about the disc brakes though - I've done ok with the drums, and that upgrade would probably double the cost - but like you say they would be nice!

Thanks again
Bob
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bob...

some of the posts include price info,

but if you pm ljmiii, he might share his pricing info...

service done at the j/c factory is discounted during the winter (till march?)

not the parts.

given how little carry capacity the 3500lb set up gives ya,

i consider the higher rated axles/tires as a safety upgrade too.

if you contact your local dealer about doing this upgrade and they say "huh?"

go some place else

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