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Old 05-22-2010, 03:08 PM   #1
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Airstream makes good on six year old trailer.

Hi, I was doing my brake and bearing inspection and found that my trailer, since new, had both rear shock absorbers mounted up-side-down. My trailer was built in 07/04 and that makes it 2 months short of 6 years old from actual production. I E-mailed Airstream and asked them for two new shocks. I was fully prepared to get nothing, but Airstream made good and sent to me two brand new shock absorbers VIA Fed-Ex. I got them today. My story is posted in my blog "A Shocking Brake story" [click on my blog, under my avatar]

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Old 05-22-2010, 03:20 PM   #2
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They did the right thing. Good for them!


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Old 05-22-2010, 07:44 PM   #3
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Looks like you can get to all four bolts holding the axle and if that is the case the easiest way to mount the shocks would be to drop the axle so you can get to the top stud. No need to cut the brake line if you have a couple of floor jacks and support the center of the tube. Just let the jacks down slowly and let the tube rotate on the center support.
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:59 AM   #4
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Don't drop the axle!

You don't have to drop the axle to replace the shocks. Especially if the original shocks have split grommets. I just replaced those on my trailer yesterday. Just remove the inside half of the grommet first. It takes a little maneuvering but you can get the shock off. The new shocks have a solid grommet. I removed the grommet from the new shock. Slid it over a wooden dowel then split it down the middle using my band saw. Installed one half of the grommet then the shock and the other half of the grommet, washer and nut.
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