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Old 04-19-2010, 02:36 PM   #1
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1996 Excella 25 'shock clearance

I am thinking it is time to replace my shocks. Just looking under the trailer there does not seam to be enough clearance to even remove the shock let alone put a new one back on. The bottom nut is right there and no problems, but the top looks like you would never get it past the end of the stud. Is my thinking wrong or is there some sort of trick to this???

Also what shock do I need to get to replace them. This is a 25' tandum axel.

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Old 04-19-2010, 08:50 PM   #2
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Is the shock horizontal mount or verticle?

Likely it is horizontal mounting and those are only available at an Airstream dealership.

I am not familar on how it is removed or installed.

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Googling for "Airstream shock replacement" yields the answer....

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The shocks are like at a 45* angle
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:06 PM   #5
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Wow I just watched that video of the removal. It now makes sense how to do them.

Does anyone know what shock I need for my trailer. Do I have to get them from airstream or is there a conversion replacement for them??

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Old 04-19-2010, 10:51 PM   #6
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Wow I just watched that video of the removal. It now makes sense how to do them.

Does anyone know what shock I need for my trailer. Do I have to get them from airstream or is there a conversion replacement for them??

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There is no conversion for the Airstream horizontal shock.

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Old 04-19-2010, 11:30 PM   #7
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There's no cross listing for the shocks on Airstreams. They're Gabriel part 610816, and are available from Airstream dealers such as Inland RV for about $30/each.

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I can only speak for my trailer.

The new shocks come with one piece rubber bushings and there is not enough clearance on my 1987 for the top bolt. Previous shocks had a two piece bushing so there was adequate clearance.

I called airstream and they told me to just BEND the bolt.

THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF AIRSTREAM ENGINEERING THAT LEAVES A LOT TO BE DESIRED.

I took my shocks off and guess what, they were super firm so I put them back on. You may want to check yours before you give them $150 for a very small shock. They are really tiny shocks compared to a large bore van or truck shock.
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I can only speak for my trailer.

The new shocks come with one piece rubber bushings and there is not enough clearance on my 1987 for the top bolt. Previous shocks had a two piece bushing so there was adequate clearance.

I called airstream and they told me to just BEND the bolt.

THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF AIRSTREAM ENGINEERING THAT LEAVES A LOT TO BE DESIRED.

I took my shocks off and guess what, they were super firm so I put them back on. You may want to check yours before you give them $150 for a very small shock. They are really tiny shocks compared to a large bore van or truck shock.
The shock stud should never be bent.

However, you can bend the shock bracket enough to replace the shocks, and then leave the bend alone.

Hand testing of shocks gives a false idea of their usefulness, since you cannot exert several hundreds of pounds of force on them.

Shocks 23 years old, should simply be replaced.

They are one of the least expensive Airstream parts available.

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Old 04-20-2010, 06:57 AM   #10
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If your shocks aren't leaking, rusty, or the bushings worn out, and they do not easily compress or extend by hand, you probably don't need new ones yet.
Here's a video for your amusement:
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