Do a search under "rear end separation" or "elephant ear repair"
Airstreams have light weight frames. Older ones and a few of the newer ones have known problems, where the body actually can break loose from the frame behind the axles causing rear end separation. Test by standing on the bumper. If the bumper goes down and the body doesn't move - you've got trouble!
This condition can be caused/worsened by several factors:
- long term leaks that rot the floor so that the screws that hold the body to the floor fail
- unbalanced running gear - Inland Andy has a classic post on how to balance a whole wheel and brake assembly - find it. Or
- Overloading the airstream to the rear end
- general battering from lots of towing over rough roads at excessive speeds
- running with over or under inflated tires, worn shocks, old frozen axles
Repairing rear end separation - (this is my opinion only - and it's worth exactly what you're paying for it). First, If your Airstream has OSB instead of plywood flooring - I'd be replacing the floor in a frame off - and I'd probably just have a new heavy duty frame built.
Many people will reinforce the frames - and replace the rotten sections of flooring. Read a lot, make your own choices.
But check the mattresses too - they are a lot cheaper to replace.