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Old 08-19-2015, 08:18 AM   #99
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Interesting ... are the highlights in the photos where you suspect the skin distortion?
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:45 AM   #100
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Interesting ... are the highlights in the photos where you suspect the skin distortion?

Yes, photos 3 and 4 are the areas where I believe there is distortion that may have been caused by excessive weight in that side of the AS.
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:24 AM   #101
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Seems possible if the batteries are well behind the axles and outboard of the frame, carried primarily by the frame outriggers. Good idea to move them forward, noting that Airstream mounts the heavy appliances over or near the axles al all models.

Good thread and thanks for the followup, we are considering a SUV tow vehicle, Q7 or Touareg. Looking ahead, lots of interesting vehicles on the drawing boards and test tracks.
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:28 AM   #102
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Looks like you may have bent the frame. In some older AS's that had rear baths this was a problem due to travel with the extra weight of full tanks. These are the issues that crop up when trying to use a TV without enough weight capacity and moving weight around to compensate. Sorry you are having problems but sounds like you should pull the belly pan and take a good look at the frame before towing the damage may be repairable now but if a fracture in the frame happens down the road you will be in for a very large bill, if not a total loss. Good luck
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:37 AM   #103
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And there's the "told you so".

Many good reasons to move stuff around, we tore out the whole dinette assembly to have comfortable recliner chairs. Pretty common for folks to modify their Airstream for many reasons.
This thread is about one of them.
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:57 AM   #104
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Do we move 'stuff' to prevent problems or improve the floor plan?
If we change AS stuff to adapt a TV and that creates damage is that really an improvement?

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Old 08-19-2015, 11:58 AM   #105
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Sorry dkottum it may have started as a thread about moving batteries but now sounds like its a thread about a probable bent frame. So I'll butt out now.
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:08 PM   #107
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Mean spirited post, lots of that going on right now.

Keep us informed your mods and the tow vehicle. We are very close to moving in that direction, although I don't know if our 120" wheelbase Ram truck differs much in weight, dimension or capacity from a Euro SUV. We're just looking for a better driving vehicle with and without the Airstream.
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:18 PM   #108
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Hard to imagine a set of batteries located under the dinette would bend a frame. Doesn't say much for Airstream engineering. I guess I better remove my toaster oven and a couple of gallons of bottled water from under my dinette. Maybe just store a couple of pillows.

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FB - move batteries to rear of trailer

If the frame is a little bent, which it looks like it might be...


If you want it gone, hook the trailer to the tow vehicle and carefully jack up the rear of each frame rail, repeat as needed, going a little further each time till the distortion is gone...

Not a huge deal.

I did this on mine at the same time I raised my trailer 3", I welded in a piece of 3" angle on the bottom of the frame at the same time to keep the trailer from settling back to its bent state.

Or--- just enjoy the trailer, it does not look bad at all.
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I can't imagine the frame is bent from this, perhaps some stress on an outrigger. Not a big deal.
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Moving a couple batteries around bending the frame? Sorry I don’t buy it. Airstreams are not that fragile. My guess is that the distortion was there all along, you just didn’t notice it until the light was right. If you go to your locale AS dealer and look carefully at the new AS you will find that they all have some skin distortion. They are made by hand, nothing perfect.
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Just a note on skin distortion. You are most probably aware of this, but when the sun hits the side of your Airstream the aluminum expands and produces an oil can or distortion effect. When the sun passes and the aluminum cools down it all straightens out (as much as a riveted panel can).
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