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Old 11-16-2005, 07:19 PM   #15
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Car shocks are vertically mounted, whereas my Airstream shocks are horizontally mounted, so I don't understand how the shocks could be of any value. As everyone knows, riding in a travel trailer while in motion is 100% illegal in all states.

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Supposedly, the shocks designed for Airstreams are intended for use in a horizontal orientation, although I haven't seen any internal differences. Maybe someone can supply us with a diagram highlighting the differrences in the vertical and horizontal shock. My Overlander has vertical shocks, too. The good news is I can theoretically use shocks that sell for $6.99/each, and the ones that are designed for horizontal use are much more.
In my case, they are so inexpensive I may as well put them on, even if they don't work.
As far as riding in a trailer, illegalities aside, it would be an "E" coupon ride.
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Old 11-16-2005, 07:20 PM   #16
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Car shocks are vertically mounted, whereas my Airstream shocks are horizontally mounted, so I don't understand how the shocks could be of any value. As everyone knows, riding in a travel trailer while in motion is 100% illegal in all states.

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Stingray,
Not 100% true. Chech out this site. http://www.recvehicle.com/laws.html#passenger
Many states (mine included) do not have laws regarding this issue. I do believe anyone who would do this is nuts!
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Old 11-16-2005, 07:26 PM   #17
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. . . Maybe someone can supply us with a diagram highlighting the differrences in the vertical and horizontal shock. .
The difference is that horizontal shocks (also known as 'steering stabilizers') have a bag, foam, or other method for confining the gas. This is true wheather they are gas filled or regular shocks. If you hold a regular shock upside down and operate it you will quickly see how bad this is.

The purpose is to keep air or gas from going through the valving.
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Old 11-16-2005, 07:30 PM   #18
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Not 100% true. Chech out this site. http://www.recvehicle.com/laws.html#passenger
Many states (mine included) do not have laws regarding this issue. I do believe anyone who would do this is nuts!
azflycaster,

Great site, thanks for the info. Does "not specified" mean that you can, or that you're just incredibly stupid for attempting such a stunt...either way, it's illegal in California, as well as my state.

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Old 11-16-2005, 07:37 PM   #19
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I've got new torsion axles ready to put on our '64 Overlander. Should I bother installing new shocks? When I removed the old shocks one of the bolts broke off, so if I put on new shocks I'll have to have a new mounting bolt welded on. I'm wondering it this is worth it or if I should just go without the shocks. The Overlander has vertical shocks.

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I think that all things considered, and the fact that i am a mere owner, not an engineer, you should not take my work for shock gospel...as I said, just my opinion.
You should probably get the bolt fixed and put on the shocks, they definitely can't hurt anything, even if they don't do all that much ( which is open for debate..)
That way you have a complete and official undercarriage.
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Old 11-17-2005, 02:54 PM   #20
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Thanks for your input. I'll feel better knowing I have new shocks.

How do I know what shocks to buy for my '64 Overlander? They are vertical shocks.

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Thanks for your input. I'll feel better knowing I have new shocks.

How do I know what shocks to buy for my '64 Overlander? They are vertical shocks.

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You can use the regular Airstream shocks. They will work in both vertical and horizontal positions. They also fit both style brackets.
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Does "not specified" mean that you can, or that you're just incredibly stupid for attempting such a stunt...either way, it's illegal in California, as well as my state.

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Not specified means there is no law regulating the act of doing that.

In fact in this state (AZ) it is legal to ride in the back of a pick up truck (the bed) in anyway you want*, however if you ride in the cab you must wear a seat belt.

* As long as the load (In this case people) are secured. If the load/people fall out of the bed the driver has some problems. Otherwise the driver is good to go. Street, highway, or freeway, and I have seen it almost every day.


On the shock vertical versus horizontal - it is all about the valving as to whether the shock can be horizontal mounted.

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