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Old 08-26-2006, 02:33 PM   #15
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So, here's the final chapter in my shocks saga. My son was the one who took my Airstream to have the tires and shocks put on it while I was on vacation. When I got back he had gone on his vacation. When he got back today I asked him what kind of shocks they'd put on Airylle. He said, "oh, I forgot to tell you. Philip at Bernalillo Tire decided not to replace the shocks because he said he said they were some kind of weird shock and he didn't feel that it would be a good idea to replace them with anything except the kind that were on it and he couldn't order those from his distributer."

I called Jay at Oasis this morning to find out if my trailer was still there and he told me the driver was on the way to pick it up right then. I told him that the shocks had indeed not been replaced. He took my credit card number and said he'd put a set in the trailer so I could get the right ones put on here--at wonderful, ethical Bernalillo Tire. So, in the end, I'll be getting the right kind of shocks after all.

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Old 08-29-2006, 02:49 PM   #16
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The special shocks that the other place could not get are Airstream only shocks. They are Airstream only because they are installed in a horizontal position as has stated above. And a shock in the horizontal position can not use gravity to move the oil inside as a vertical shock. So the valving is different as stated above.

My '66, while it does have a torsion axle the shocks are mounted vertically. So the choices are much greater than a horizontal mounted shock.

Horizontal = Airstream dealer only
Vertical = Airstream and other outlets that meet the same specs.


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Old 09-03-2006, 12:42 PM   #17
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Just put on my new shocks. They have the Gabriel brand stamped on them but cannot find them on the Gabriel site. They fit perfectly.

I must say that the old shocks still had a lot of resistance when extending but I could compress them with almost no force. It is the compression that happens when the tire hits a bump and the extension that relaxes the tire back to the road.

I'll report on how the new axles and shocks ride.

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Old 09-03-2006, 05:03 PM   #18
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Gabriel Pat Number?


Did the Gabriel Shocks from Airstream have a part number on the box or units? It might still be orderable from Gabriel even if it is not on their website...

(and yeah, I'm in market for shocks too...)

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Old 09-04-2006, 12:31 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Condoluminum

Did the Gabriel Shocks from Airstream have a part number on the box or units? It might still be orderable from Gabriel even if it is not on their website...

(and yeah, I'm in market for shocks too...)

John McG
The Gabriel shocks are an OEM item from Airstream, only.

Accordingly, Gabriel is not allowed to sell them to anyone, except Airstream.

The horizontal shocks are available from an Airstream dealer that also sells parts over the counter.

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Old 07-25-2007, 09:03 PM   #20
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I can't resist it!

Forgive me in advance...I just can't resist it... I find it all "shocking"!!

Seriously, though, this stuff is good to know. I hope it's a very long while before we have to deal with new shocks...does anyone know the shock situation for an 06 19' Bambi? I can't imagine that there are no shocks at all...

One more thing, Blu_Hwy_Ldy...we were just at Oasis RV just today picking up the Bambi today! Good folks...they have been very good to us. We had a mysterious leak coming in from the seam just in front of the TV antenna took 2 trips and lots of water-testing and such, but Richard at Oasis assures me that they found the culprit this time...a mounting screw for the solar panel had not been properly sealed at the factory...and that's where the water was finding its way in. Keep your fingers crossed that that is the end of that drip!

Happy Trails...TB

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