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Old 01-20-2010, 04:44 PM   #1
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Air shocks to clear driveway?

I have a '69 Safari with a new 32 degree down, 5000 pound axle and while the new axle did raise the trailer a couple of inches I find I'm still dragging both the rear skid plates and the bottom of my hitch going in and out of the driveway (the street-to-driveway angle is not EXCESSIVELY steep, but does have an angle to it, maybe 25 degrees...I'm guessing here).

Has anyone ever successfully used air shocks or something similar to TEMPORARILY raise the trailer for entrance/exit? I've looked thru the shock threads but not found a definitive answer, although I wasn't encouraged by what I read..

One post suggested changing the mount (adding, welding another plate to it?..didn't specify) where the axle mounts to the trailer. Has anyone ever accomplished this one? I'm not opposed to such modifications if it made leaving and returning home a lot easier....

thanks for your opinions
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What about just putting some lumber in the low spot to lift the rear up a bit when you drive over it? 2"X6", 8' long, you could cut a couple into several pieces and add enough of them to get the lift you need, no?
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It's not really a good idea to raise the trailer up higher than designed since you raise the centre of gravity and affect handling when cornering.
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I have a '69 Safari with a new 32 degree down, 5000 pound axle and while the new axle did raise the trailer a couple of inches I find I'm still dragging both the rear skid plates and the bottom of my hitch going in and out of the driveway (the street-to-driveway angle is not EXCESSIVELY steep, but does have an angle to it, maybe 25 degrees...I'm guessing here).

Has anyone ever successfully used air shocks or something similar to TEMPORARILY raise the trailer for entrance/exit? I've looked thru the shock threads but not found a definitive answer, although I wasn't encouraged by what I read..

One post suggested changing the mount (adding, welding another plate to it?..didn't specify) where the axle mounts to the trailer. Has anyone ever accomplished this one? I'm not opposed to such modifications if it made leaving and returning home a lot easier....

thanks for your opinions
You cannot and must not use any form of air shocks on your Airstream.

First of all, you will break the shock studs, since they are not designed to lift the trailer.

Secondly, I don't think air shocks will even fit.

As Lee said, use some boards, and be innovative, but leave the trailer proper alone.

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Old 01-20-2010, 06:53 PM   #5
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What about just putting some lumber in the low spot to lift the rear up a bit when you drive over it? 2"X6", 8' long, you could cut a couple into several pieces and add enough of them to get the lift you need, no?
Yeah, I'm thinking bricks under a sheet of plywood kinda set up...

cuz otherwise she tows like a dream and I wouldn't want to mess that up..
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driveway problem solved

..here's how I ended up solving the steep driveway problem::Click image for larger version

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at first I had the fullcut 2x12 timbers running the other way, but I didn't like the idea of the "ramp" like that so I turned them sideways..much easier to back in now..
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