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Old 04-08-2007, 05:05 PM   #1
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Do I need shocks or not help please

I have a 73 ambassadore that i cut and shortened to a 10 ft body length.My question is do I need to put shocks under it or not it seems like a little bit of an overkill to me but I figured I would ask the experts about my dilemma.Im posting some pics so you will know what I have.Thanks a million in advance.
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:36 PM   #2
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:39 PM   #3
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You don't NEED shocks. It will operate without them, but much better with, and safer with.

shocks keep the trailer body lean/roll to a minimum if you have to change lanes fast or corner quickly. there was a video last year that showed how an Airstream handled in high speed avoidance manuvers.
A standard SOB about rolled over during the second half of the manuver.

Shocks keep the springs on the inside side of the cornering trailer from
Pushing (springing back) to fast and hard, that results in bouncing the inside wheels off the ground. usually in the second half of the "S" turn.
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:42 PM   #4
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I put the torsion axle from the original camper in it so the torsion axle dont need it that is cool.
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Old 04-08-2007, 06:21 PM   #5
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That's a beautiful little trailer. On the subject of shocks, long ago I owned a conventional trailer and couldn't understand why the drawers always were open after a drive. Also, sometimes the cushions would be on the floor. And on certain highways, the trailer just hopped along. After I had shock absorbers added, all of those problems went away.
Strictly speaking, you might not NEED shocks, but I wouldn't be without them.
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Yea yall are right its best to put it back under the airstream better safe than sorry.
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I have a 73 ambassadore that i cut and shortened to a 10 ft body length.
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Im posting some pics so you will know what I have.Thanks a million in advance.
But what happened to the rest of the trailer?

Shocks would be good, but which ones? There is so little weight compared to the original.
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You may not need shocks, but with that big 'ole airconditioner on the top of that cool little 'stream, going inside after a hike should be a thermal shock. Seriously with the original suspension you will either have one rough ride or you need to put in about 1000 lbs of ballast to get the torsion axle to work.

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The first thing I would do is get that puppy on scale, the axle your using is likely a 3200lb cap.

If the trailer is too lite you're going to tear it apart with a very stiff ride.
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Thanks the rest of the camper is on the ground at my house I call it my little bubble it has a tendacy to sway with my suzuki samurai hooked to it at 55.I think my samurai has the heart of a lion but not the size to keep the camper still.
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Thanks the rest of the camper is on the ground at my house I call it my little bubble it has a tendacy to sway with my suzuki samurai hooked to it at 55.I think my samurai has the heart of a lion but not the size to keep the camper still.
I suspect the reason you have a sway, is that the tongue weight is inadequate.

In looking at your photo's the axle is mounted forward of the side centerline, suggesting a very low tongue weight.

That rig should have a tongue weight of at least 350 pounds or so, and then you can utilize a load equalizing hitch for proper towing.

If you are now towing with just a ball, then that's another reason for the sway.

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I put the axle a little further up because of the ac being up front and when i finish the inside the bed is going in front by the tongue and the fresh water tank is going under the bed so that should counter weight it pretty good i hope.The shower is going in the rear and so is the black/grey water tank so fingers crossed that it works out alright.I pulled the camper with a little bigger car and it didn't sway at all yesterday. Thank god.
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I put the axle a little further up because of the ac being up front and when i finish the inside the bed is going in front by the tongue and the fresh water tank is going under the bed so that should counter weight it pretty good i hope.The shower is going in the rear and so is the black/grey water tank so fingers crossed that it works out alright.I pulled the camper with a little bigger car and it didn't sway at all yesterday. Thank god.
Try riding in the back of your trailer while it's being towed at 60 mph, to really check it out for sway.

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That sounds like a good ideal that way i know exactly whats going on thanks.
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