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Old 03-16-2009, 06:43 PM   #15
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Just going by the posts on this board.... so called "professionals" can make more nonsense of an Airstream in 1 hour than a sensible amateur could in 10 years.

New Dexter axles of the correct weight rating and width for your trailer should bolt on in a couple of hours ( remove and replace).
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Old 03-16-2009, 06:52 PM   #16
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I would think (as mentioned above) the biggest obsticle to making that change is mounting the shackles to the trailer. Airstreams don't have a traditional frame set up. The frame is lighter because the body is intergral to the whole assembly. There for mounting a spring shackle to attach the leaf springs is going to be an issue given the make up of the frame.

I am personally of the opinion that a leaf spring set up would be better mix for me. The ride may be not as smooth, however the design is cheaper. Just don't think it's gonna work on an Airstream.

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Old 03-17-2009, 07:34 AM   #17
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Don't be so sure about the cheaper part. The leaf spring axles may be cheaper by a few hundred $$$$ bucks but the labor cost of having them installed will eat that up and more.

I would put in new Dexters and console myself with the thought that they will need no attention for the next 20 or 30 years. The axles I mean, not the bearings brakes or tires.
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Old 03-17-2009, 09:34 AM   #18
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From a design aspect and manufacturing I am sure leaf springs would be cheaper. From a point of adding them to a unit not built for it ...... that is for the most part always more expensive.

From restoring cars, it is far far cheaper to use the original design and parts replacement if they are available. The designing and engineering have already been done.

BTW the maintence for torsion axles is usage. Stop using the trailer and the axles will have a shortened service life.

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Old 03-17-2009, 11:40 AM   #19
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pre-1961 Airstreams on OEM leaf springs rode at a nice height. I've seen photos posted of somebody who replaced springs on his '56 with leaf springs of unknown origin. You can see how ungainly high it rides. Destroys the whole look IMO. Here's a link - http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...7&d=1148014858
I replaced the drop axels on my 59 with straight axles to give it mor ground clearance. It's the axle not the leaves. In any case on the 68 I replaced with a new torsion. Find a trailer builder to do the job, someone that builds car or horse trailers or at least services them.
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My preference is torsion. We're going to put thousands and thousands of dollars into a renovation. Then we're going to tow the Overlander thousands and thousands of miles. I want to ensure the ride is as soft and gentle as possible. It just make any sense to put more strain on the old girl than absolutely necessary.
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You will find most shops will tell you that you don't need the shocks. I would suggest that you replace the shocks and not let them screw around with the engineering.
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