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Old 06-13-2008, 08:04 AM   #1
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Any recommendations for tire pressure on a permanently parked 31' Airstream. Of course the jacks are down and I have stabilizer jacks in the axle area. Thanks in advance for your response. Bill
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I would take the weight off the axles altogether. Fl. heat will cause the rubber in the axles to set in short order. The rubber needs to be flexed periodically to remain functional. It will be a lot easier to jack up the trailer and put in some blocks than it will be to replace the axles when you do want to move the trailer.

If you are talking several years before you move it the tires will most likely need replacing any way.
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Trouble with taking weight off the axles is -- where do you put the weight you take off? If we're all counseled not to use stabilizing jacks as levelers because the frame is not designed to take extra weight, then we have to find someplace else to move the load the axles were designed to take. I'm not sure there is a better place.

If it is truly to be parked, then I'd suggest taking off the wheels and supporting the hubs with wood blocks. Or you could just (correctly) write off the tires and leaving the load there until the tires won't hold air. Then decide again what to do. Of course, since the axles are designed to be used, flexing and so forth, then you may have to consider axles before it can be taken on the road again - if the period has been too long.

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Trouble with taking weight off the axles is -- where do you put the weight you take off? If we're all counseled not to use stabilizing jacks as levelers because the frame is not designed to take extra weight, then we have to find someplace else to move the load the axles were designed to take. I'm not sure there is a better place.
If you look under the trailer the axles are mounted to plates that in turn is mounted to the frame. Placing the blocking at each end of this structural member is the same as placing the weight on the axles as far as stress on the frame is concerned. Removing the wheels and setting the trailer on the drums is the same as leaving the tires on as far as the axles are concerned.
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Any recommendations for tire pressure on a permanently parked 31' Airstream. Of course the jacks are down and I have stabilizer jacks in the axle area. Thanks in advance for your response. Bill
hi bill

here is a good thread on using stablizer jacks for LONG TERM PARKING...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f457...eam-18435.html

if this isn't an option OR you just don't wanna go that route...

inflate the tires to max psi...

for c or d rated tires I would go 5 psi over to 55 or 70 respectively...

if E rated the 80 psi is more than adequate for your trailer....

another issue might be using GOOD curved wheel chocks at EVERY TIRE...

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Thanks again, this information is helpful, as well as useful..........Bill
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