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Old 12-01-2006, 12:01 AM   #15
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Hey Scott, that was your 1000th post! Don't you get a prize or something for that?
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Old 12-01-2006, 03:29 AM   #16
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if i get a chance this weekend, i'll try to install the straight axle i got for my 18 footer and take photos of the before and after. one thing i found on the leaf springs... they are not a common size, and would have to be made by a spring shop...

... like everything else on these old units! ha!

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Old 12-01-2006, 04:40 AM   #17
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Springs

I've been discussing my springs with Colin Hyde of GSM, since my caravanner is being worked on by him. He indicated that the springs were of higher capacity and were in very good condition. Mine don'e look much different than yours and the distance between the frame and the apex of the frame look about the same as well.

If I were to do any work to them, it would either be a replacement which you can do on your own from Eaton Springs in Detroit via mail order, take it to Spring Rebuilders in you're on the east coast or re-condition the spring by re-tenciling(sp?) the entire spring assembly. According to Balgrn there is a place in Manchester, NH that will do this by super heating the bars of each bar of the spring and then re-assembling them with new updated parts.

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Old 12-01-2006, 06:41 AM   #18
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Dmaiden, now that you've got it home and you're getting it "legal" (yeah, some do have too much time on their hands), have you thought about raising the Cloud anymore? Not that you have anything else to do on your FC right now.

I'm facing the same issue on ground clearance on a 60 Tradewind after repairing a blackwater outlet that got knocked off coming out of a steep drive (http://www.airforums.com/forum...98-post35.html). Plus, boodocking clearance would be nice. If you have a torsion axle your fix is different.

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Sorry, sometimes I lose track of these threads. No, the big push has been to get a floor in, get it legal and polish a few spots so the neighbors know I'm actually doing something. One guy came over and said he was impressed, but then there was the other guy who turned me over to the city.

I think the raising will wait until I replace the axles, which is only dependent on two factors: time and money. I was thinking of putting hydraulics in so I can bounce it going up and down the road. Let us all know how yours comes out.
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Old 12-01-2006, 07:11 AM   #19
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In looking at your axle / spring set up, looks like you could use the same springs and just put in a straight axle. You'd gain the 4 or so inches in height without removing / replacing the springs. These old springs are very heavy duty and durable. Had mine tested when I replaced the axle and they checked out fine. The local shop I took it to took my axle off and had one made to its exact dimensions. Fairly easy, at least for me.

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Old 12-01-2006, 08:08 AM   #20
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Lots of good information, thanks!

Everyone, thanks so much for your insights. Having more options and info makes it much easier to talk intelligently with the spring shop. I'm going to try to get it in the shop next week and I'll let everyone know how it comes out.

A-Merry-Can, let us know if you get your straight axle in. I would love to hear the outcome and exactly how much it raises the trailer. I'm still leery about going as high as 4 inches. Even with the tow package, you know my Pathfinder is marginal at best for towing. Combined weights are twenty percent less than my tow rating even when loaded, but my wheel base is so short. Raising the center of gravity much isn't ideal for me and a new TV isn't in the near future.

Dave, good luck with your continued efforts on getting it legal. I understand completely about the time and money thing. I'm sure before you're finished the whole neighborhood will be impressed, except maybe that stick-in-the-mud that has no futuristic vision. He will just have to get over it.

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Old 12-02-2006, 07:15 PM   #21
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ha! funny... well, today i got the door sorte back together. i'm going to work on it more tomorrow. i don't think i'll be touching th eaxle, like i thought, though... my eyes were bigger than my stomach, in an airstream work kinda way...

i'll post pics of the door later. it's really looking much better. no complaints
yet! the axle will be the creme de la creme, though...

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Old 12-02-2006, 11:05 PM   #22
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Its Ok A-Merry-Can. I know you've got a lot of Airstreams on your plate right now. That's what happens when your eyes are bigger than your stomach.
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Old 12-26-2006, 05:15 PM   #23
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New spring in my step

Thanks again everyone for your posts and PM's. Thanks to ya'll didn't sound like a blithering idiot when I went to the spring shop. I got my TW back last week and I'm very pleased. Looking at the before and after I don't see a tremendous amount of difference in the spring itself, but I don't have a trained eye for that kind of thing.
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Unfortunately, the local spring shop no longer custom builds springs. I checked with Eaton in Detroit and the lead time was too long. Can't miss the Florida Can Opener Rally. After reviewing the options and examining the existing setup, I went with re-arching and added an extra leaf third leaf down in the pack, new bushings and U-bolts. Plus, I got complete specs so I can easily order new springs when ready. The shop owner said all running gear was in great shape, sound, and would feel safe if his own daughter were towing it.

It still tows smooth and easy. Before and after measurements I did at the shop demonstrated a 2" increase in clearance. I didn't want much more than that since I plan on relocating the shocks inside the springs and getting higher rated tires. New tires will add another inch and there, I'm happy and life is good.
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