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Old 07-09-2011, 08:02 AM   #1
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Why am I leaning?

I'm new to the site and Airstreams so let me apologize in advance for my lack of knowledge. We purchased a 1972 Sovereign last year that had been on a permanent site for some time. When we got her home I realized we were riding real low and needed to replace the axles. After installing new complete axles with new tires I've got a trailer that has a lean to the road side. Not sure what to do next?
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:09 AM   #2
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Any evidence of the frame sagging, giving the appearance of a lean from the rear? I'd find a level surface and start measuring the distances from the ground to the frame all around.
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Every 1970's vintage Airstream we've owned has leaned left or right, both with old and new axles. Part of it is weight distribution, part of it is just how it was put together. In some instances, the frame was sagging to one side.
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In our case most of the heavy stuff; battery, refer, water heater, and storage cabinets are on the street side. So without some kind of compensating suspension it will naturally ride lower on the curb side.
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I'm new to the site and Airstreams so let me apologize in advance for my lack of knowledge. We purchased a 1972 Sovereign last year that had been on a permanent site for some time. When we got her home I realized we were riding real low and needed to replace the axles. After installing new complete axles with new tires I've got a trailer that has a lean to the road side. Not sure what to do next?
What rating axles did you install?

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Old 07-09-2011, 03:40 PM   #6
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The frame doesn't appear to be sagging but to be completely honest I'm not exactly sure what is meant by a "sagging frame". The axles we installed were 12" 3500# complete axles with new shocks. Thank you for your help!
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The frame doesn't appear to be sagging but to be completely honest I'm not exactly sure what is meant by a "sagging frame". The axles we installed were 12" 3500# complete axles with new shocks. Thank you for your help!
A "sagging" frame is also called rear end separation.

If the trailer is leaning to one side, that is a very different issue, especially with 3500 pound axles.

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I thought that the axles should be heavy enough. I purchased them from Inland RV in July of 2010 and was very hapy with how they installed.

I'm hopinyog that by "a very different issue" you mean that this is a much simpler fix but I suspect that this is not at all the case. Do you have any advice as to what the issue may be or how I should proceed? Any help would great.

Thanks!
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weight it side to side on some CAT scales and see if you need to shift some load to the high side.
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