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Old 04-29-2013, 12:41 PM   #1
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Shocks for '63 Air-Globe Trotter

I just picked up this somewhat neglected beauty and am starting to work on the infrastructure. Shocks probably haven't been replaced in years and so was wondering if there's a particular model to go with based on load and handling, i.e. soft/stiff/other?

Also, i've replaced the electric brake wiring to both wheels and have good voltage to each, however they don't engage. I suspect magnets are bad or brakes are frozen? Suggestions?


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Old 04-30-2013, 01:49 PM   #2
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'63 would likely be one of the first years of the torsion axle system. (A couple of years previous Air Streams had leaf springs) If the trailer has been neglected shocks may be just a fraction of the issues you may have with the running gear.

To answer your question .... that year (1963) the shocks were mounted vertically. In a more or less up and down position. Unlike later years of horizontal mounted shocks which are a dealer only item. I would not necessarily get a very stiff shock and I would start looking at other items of the running gear. Specifically the axles and the torsion spings inside that axle(s). These are not serviceable and at 50 years of service they have reached the end of their life. Replacing shocks may help and the real issue is going to be springs.

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