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Old 09-21-2015, 08:06 PM   #15
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Thanks for all of the input, folks. I'll follow-up with AS regarding the actual rivets and the notion of "bad lot of rivets". Worth that at least.

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Old 09-21-2015, 09:39 PM   #16
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Airstream has a warning in the Owners Manual about selecting heavy duty springs in a tow vehicle. Repair shop owners in the forum have warned about excessive pressure in the tires and too stiff weight distribution bars, as well as out of balance running gear. And then there are the roadways we travel on and the speed we travel at.

It accumulates. The more the Airstream gets knocked around during towing, the more likely rivets will pop, hinge screws loosen, things break and fall off.

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Old 09-30-2015, 12:50 PM   #17
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X2 on overly hard tires!
A few days ago I serviced (bal and rotate) all 6 tires. Later that day everything inside was tossed about, drawers open, stuff a mess. In 160000 miles towing I have never experienced this mess! I decided to check the freshly serviced tires.... As I suspected, the tire professionals inflated my 6 tires to 90 psi.... The sidewall max! I lowered pressured to my normal 66 psi, and back to interior bliss, nothing, not anything out of place after the next days travel.
I suspect many rivet popping is from hard tires and or out of balance tires!
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Old 09-30-2015, 02:10 PM   #18
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Sheared rivets are a sign of a rough ride.

Centramatics on the running gear, tires over inflated, and maybe a softer hitch will correct the problem, and save you from cracked frames and broken skins.



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