Originally Posted by abqdor
Does anyone have experience with the glides that AS is currently using or has anyone replaced their glides with am beefier aftermarket product?
I don't know what Airstream is currently using--our trailer is a 1980 model--but I do have experience with upgrading the drawer suspension.
We have a 3-drawer cabinet next to our dinette which we use as a pantry. It's amazing how much food can be stored away in there--a lot of it in cans--but the drawer slides were never intended to be bounced down the road with a drawer full of canned goods!
I was having a lot of trouble with the existing slides and decided to upgrade to ball-bearing dresser slides rated something like 100 pounds per drawer. (Note that the dynamic forces when the trailer is bouncing down the road are a lot more than the weight of the drawer.)
Replacing them was a real pain because ball-bearing slides won't accept much lateral misalignment. So it took several tries with trimming and shimming.
But when the job was done we had drawers that always roll easily when full of heavy stuff. The double-extension ball bearing slides even let you pull the drawer all the way out, making it easy to find stuff at the back of the drawer. One of the best mods I ever made to our trailer!