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Old 11-24-2007, 06:36 PM   #1
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Jarring ride, do I need shocks?

OK, my husband and I have 'debated' for about a year now on whether our '76 Sovereign needs shocks. We emergency evacuated from N.Padre Island beach during an extra high tide and I stayed in back to 'hold onto things'. It was an incredibly jarring ride while the trailer was in motion. We've owned the trailer for about 10 years and I don't know if the shocks (does it even have them?) have ever been replaced. Neither of us could be considered 'handy men' and we live about 2 hrs from the closest A/S repair place. I'd appreciate your expert advice! How can I find out if we need shocks?
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Old 11-24-2007, 10:34 PM   #2
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OK, my husband and I have 'debated' for about a year now on whether our '76 Sovereign needs shocks. We emergency evacuated from N.Padre Island beach during an extra high tide and I stayed in back to 'hold onto things'. It was an incredibly jarring ride while the trailer was in motion. We've owned the trailer for about 10 years and I don't know if the shocks (does it even have them?) have ever been replaced. Neither of us could be considered 'handy men' and we live about 2 hrs from the closest A/S repair place. I'd appreciate your expert advice! How can I find out if we need shocks?

Your rough ride could be one or more of three reasons.

1. The axles may be shot. The following article will teach you how to check them yourself.

Dura Torque Axle

2. The shocks quite well need replacing.

3. The running gear, tire, wheel, hub and drum assemblys,
may not be balanced properly.

Airstreams love a soft ride, and yours can provide that, "IF," all the above is OK.

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Old 11-26-2007, 11:34 AM   #3
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If the beach down there is like ours up here - you drive through deep ruts following everone who has passed there previously - then I can understand the rough ride. There were likely many, many, deep up-and-downs running across the track that likely threw you around pretty severely.

That trip may not have been a fair test. Andy's advice is a better way to judge.

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What are you towing with? A heavy pickup with stiff rear springs will cause the front of the trailer to ride hard.

If you need new shocks, order from any Airstream dealer. Expect to pay $35 to $40 each. They are very easy to replace; anyone who can jack the trailer up and change the tires would have enough technical skill to change the shocks, as long as the old nuts are not rusted too badly.
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Bad shocks will not cause a stiff / rough ride. As Andy stated, your axles have probably solidified and cannot flex / twist. Shocks control / limit bounce only. A normally springed automobile without shocks would bounce / bounce / bounce with out shocks. Not sure if this is the same with good torsion axles.
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Bad shocks will not cause a stiff / rough ride. As Andy stated, your axles have probably solidified and cannot flex / twist. Shocks control / limit bounce only. Not sure if this is the same with good torsion axles.
Now you know why Airstream uses shocks, as it does help limit the bouncing.

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And this is a 4 year old thread.

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And this is a 4 year old thread.

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It would. And the original thread starter only posted once in all of their experience on these forums. That was 11-24-2007 on this thread only. Likely they don't even have an active account or email address from back then.

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They argued for a year about spending $100. They are probably still arguing about it.
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