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Old 04-29-2016, 10:14 AM   #15
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Ok a different twist.

I don't jack it up off of the ground but I do take a bunch of weight off of the axles if it's going to sit for a few months. I use pickup truck jacks (the ones that come with a pickup to change tire) and lift it a bit. Tires stay on ground but lots of weight comes off the axles.
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:30 AM   #16
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I think the torsion axles and radial tires need exercise more than jacked up and left static, so if it sits for a long period we hitch up and take it for a drive.
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:09 AM   #17
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Thanks everyone!

Moving it every month or so sounds good, but it's kind of difficult to do sometimes, like the year we had 109 inches of snow in 3 weeks! That year (winter of 2014-2015) I was mostly worried that the roof would cave it!

I'm thinking that checking the tire pressure every so often, when possible, is probably our best bet.

One funny side story - during that year with all the snow, the snow was piled up above the bottom of the trailer. The local rabbits realized that there was a big open space below and created snow slides to get under the trailer and out again. I was expecting a lot of bunny "presents" in the spring, but apparently they didn't actually live down there because they left nothing behind.
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:48 AM   #18
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:54 AM   #19
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sallye: Can't be of much help to you because I now have independent suspension with twin air bags so I lower my 1958 Caravanner to the ground whenever parked. Keeps weight off the tires. However, if I had any design of the Airstream antiquated axles I'd jack up the rig to keep weight off the tires and cover them. I put a small board held with a concrete block to cover the small remainder of my tires showing. My theory of no or minimal weight on tires prevents flat spots. If you should have to use your rig in winter it takes a while to reshape your tires, not so long in warmer weather however.
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Old 04-29-2016, 02:53 PM   #20
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It is not necessary for your FC20 at all IMO, despite recent suggestions to the contrary for much larger and heavier trailers, by an owner who understands the intricacies and structure of Airstream suspensions, and who is able to fashion non-standard support on his own IMO.

Just move the trailer every month or so a few feet back and forth, in order to avoid theoretical flat spots on the tires.

Nice choice of trailer by the way, and welcome to the forum!

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PS your water tank and holding tanks will be empty, and the trailer also lightened up by removing heavy canned goods, etc., so the loads on the single axle will be reduced
When not traveling, every thirty days I jack up one side at a time and rotate the wheels to the opposite side that it was sitting on. I also inflate the tires by 20% per manufacturers suggestion. I wash it at the same time so its a monthly chore. Of course I couldn't wash it if we were living up north in winter.
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Old 04-29-2016, 02:59 PM   #21
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My father and mother had a 1972 30', had it for twenty years or so, traveled about 200,000 miles, trailer sat for about six months every year. Never jacked up, no axles replaced etc no issues at all.
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:51 PM   #22
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Not counting the AS, I have close to 30 tires on the ground that don't get moved for 30+ days at a time. I have never imagined jacking anything up and spinning them 180 degrees. Never done it. Never will....never had a flat spot.
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My father and mother had a 1972 30', had it for twenty years or so, traveled about 200,000 miles, trailer sat for about six months every year. Never jacked up, no axles replaced etc no issues at all.
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Not counting the AS, I have close to 30 tires on the ground that don't get moved for 30+ days at a time. I have never imagined jacking anything up and spinning them 180 degrees. Never done it. Never will....never had a flat spot.
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:49 PM   #24
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Yes, usually jack the tires off the ground when I expect to stay for a long time. I thought that dirt rotting tires was an old wives tale until I lived in a spot where the dirt was red clay with decomposing shale mixed in. I think I was there about three years and all 4 tires had rotten spots. The dirt on the tires and where they sat had turned sort of blue so something leached out of the rubber. I don't know how common this is, probably pretty rare. Even on that type of dirt might have been OK for a few months.
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:51 PM   #25
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The answer is no - but having said that - I do remove accumulations of snow from the roof - not worried about the axles at all - but in this part of the world I don't like the weight on the roof .....


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Old 04-29-2016, 05:04 PM   #26
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Our Safari lives in an enclosed barn with no windows or skylights with the the Michelin tires off the ground , with the front being supported with the tongue jack and the rest of the weight resting on automotive jack stands .
The lifting at the rear of the trailer is done with a floor jack under the rear skid bars one side at a time . This would not be a recommended procedure on most AS trailers as the frame is very weak . So weak that I was forced to design , fabricate and install an inverted truss system to the entire length of the frame allowing the enactment of the jacking procedure mentioned above.
This is done upon arrival at home from any outing and remains in this state until the next trip . My feeble mind reasons that while on the tires and in motion 100 % of all force is being used to force the hubs upward and twisting the rubber in the axle tubes in that direction with any hardening of the rubber over time in this upward position , so my feeble mind tells me that if the rubber is going to eventually harden up that it should harden up in the wheels off the ground position instead of gradually lowering the trailer closer to the ground while towing .
These are simply my thoughts on the subject , backed up by nothing more than decades of dealing with all things mechanical.
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:39 PM   #27
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These won't work on a square torflex axle. A torflex axle can only be jacked up on the steel flange, never the tube as this effects the axle alignment.

Can you explain this? The steel flange an never the tube?
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:42 PM   #28
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The problem I would have with jacking it up in the wintertime is it prevents me from going camping during the wintertime.

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