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Old 07-18-2016, 08:53 AM   #15
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It does not matter.

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Old 12-03-2017, 08:45 AM   #16
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Shock absorbers are designed to restrict suspension movement when traveling over uneven surfaces. This is done in part by fluid internally in a shock passing through a measured orifice. Since the fluid is influenced by gravity the internal workings of most shocks is a design for more or less vertical mounting with fluid passing through and orifice or several in a designed position.

In the late 1960s, (1967 I believe) Airstream redesigned the running gear to incorporate a more or less horizontally mounted shock absorber. This was in an effort to create greater room inside the coach of the RV. To do this it required a shock absorber that had internally designed valves for fluid that wasn't in a vertical position. Hence the special Airstream shock absorber that is made to be horizontally mounted. It is rather unique and shocks designed to be mounted vertically will not work in a horizontal position.

Regarding gas charged shocks, the mounting bracket isn't exactly super strong. And it is not unheard of for a bracket to bend or break. Gas charged shocks tend to be more resistant to movement and will put greater pressure on the mounting points. Could it work? Sure and may be not for ever.

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This is promoting FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) on your part and creates confusion. Gas shocks are not going to bend anything. If you would like to post your empirical evidence to the contrary, please do so we can review.

Just because you feel it will doesn't mean it's a fact and just because you are right about other things doesn't mean you are correct on this part. I know, I know...your escape clause was "Could it work? Sure and may be not for ever."
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This is promoting FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) on your part and creates confusion. Gas shocks are not going to bend anything. If you would like to post your empirical evidence to the contrary, please do so we can review.

Just because you feel it will doesn't mean it's a fact and just because you are right about other things doesn't mean you are correct on this part. I know, I know...your escape clause was "Could it work? Sure and may be not for ever."
The design is for hydraulic. Horizontal mount.

The correct ones aren’t expensive.

Do a test comparison and quantify the empirical results for us.

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The design is for hydraulic. Horizontal mount.

The correct ones aren’t expensive.

Do a test comparison and quantify the empirical results for us.

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I don't have to since that was NOT my point.

He was just saying the gas shock has more pressure and therefore might-probably-could bend the bracket. That is nonsense and creating a non issue out of thin air.

The gas shock is fine; the correct hydraulic shock is fine too.
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I agree with him. The shock specified is very low pressure. Compress by hand.

Do what you will.
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Airstream trailers were not designed for gas shocks. Airstream trailers have never had gas shocks installed by the factory.

Hydraulic shocks give a softer ride. This is what Airstream is looking for in the design of the suspension for Airstream trailers a soft ride. Rubber torsion springs provide a softer ride than other suspension types. Again one of the factors for using rubber torsion springs.

The shock mountings in some of the Airstream trailers is not made from thick steel. The top mounting for a vertical shock in some of Airstream trailers is rather light duty.

http://www.shocks2springs.com/Hydrau...arged%20Shocks

Anyone can use what ever they want. And a gas charged shocks only have vertical applications. For most if not all Airstreams build after 1966 the mounting is horizontal. Why would one want to use a shock absorber that is not recommended by high end RV manufacturer.

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