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Old 05-04-2017, 12:01 PM   #1
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What is attached to this axle?

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Feel free to opine. There is one on each side.
Ground device? Helper springs attached upside down to act as stationary stabilizers?
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:04 PM   #2
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It was designed to be a skid bar in the event of a flat tire or a wheel coming off. I think most folks remove them.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:33 PM   #3
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And used only on AS trailers about 50 to 60 years ago. It does have some historical significance.

We gripe about tires now days. What do you think the tire quality was back then if such a devise was actually installed?

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Old 05-04-2017, 12:38 PM   #4
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Hankpac, what is your model and year? Thanks
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Old 05-04-2017, 03:18 PM   #5
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skid bars?

This is a 64 or 65. Not mine, a friend.
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Old 05-04-2017, 03:52 PM   #6
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Were these aftermarket installed or by the factory? First time I have seen one.
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Old 05-04-2017, 04:04 PM   #7
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Yep, these were called something like a "tire saver," the idea being that if your tire went flat, the device would make contact with the ground rather than allowing you to ride on the rim until it cuts the tire and uses it to destroy the wheel well. They were available as a factory installed option.
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An added benefit was provided by the spectacular rooster tail of sparks that warned following drivers to slow down until you were safely pulled over.
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Fantastic idea - see no downside.
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Could catch debris from the road.
Another part to fail.
If you keep your tires current it is not needed
Could catch debris and have that debris cut a tire.
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Could catch debris


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Fantastic idea - see no downside.
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What is this?

I have this device on my 1968 single axel Safari. It is a skid to take the weight of the trailer in the event of a flat tire on the road. Because we have single axel trailers, a flat tire could end up in a role over without the skid to keep that side of the trailer up. I have not had the need to use it, thank goodness, but glad they are there.
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I never saw one either until I came across this:
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I think that it's a very good idea, that should be brought back.
The potential for saving the wheel and coachwork is pretty obvious.
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On our 67 Safari

They were on our 67, 22-ft., Safari. Changed out the axle and reinstalled. I sure think they are a great idea.

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Just curious.
In the 60's I don't recall any torsion axles, I thought they were all leaf spring.
And yet all these photos show a torsion style axle.
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Airstream switched from leaf to torsion spring in about 1961/

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