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Old 08-25-2010, 08:47 AM   #1
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where to buy shocks

I am new to this forum and sure this has been ask before. I am referbing a 1976 31foot AS and my next project is wheels/brakes.Two questions? This camper has not moved in 25 years and was on blocks. Can I assume the shocks are gone or are there a easy check before I buy any. Also are these a AS part avaiable only through a dealer or are they other markets. I like AS but I try to stay away from parts unless they are better. Also when I get inside and need any brake linings are they common or again head for a dealer. The main issue is one is an hour away. Thanks forthe help. Gene

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Old 08-25-2010, 10:35 AM   #2
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Inland Andy (Inland RV Center - The Nations Leading Expert in Airstream Innovations) has them, or you could check an Airstream dealer. The ones from Auto Parts stores are not designed to operate in the horizontal position that the Airstream ones are mounted in.

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Gat before you spend money on brakes go to Inlandès web site and find out how to check your axles. Might be worth buying complete axles with all new brakes. They sell direct replacements that bolt right on. Just 4 biolts to undo and attach new shocks and brake wires and you are done. I got new ones for mine.
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Welcome to the Air Forums! I hope you find it uiseful in your referb!

Airstream travel trailers from 1967 and newer had shcks that are mount horizontally. Meaning they are more parrallel to the ground than they are perpendicular. This was done to save on interior space. However it creates a valving problem internally in the shock. Therefore those shocks are only available through an Airstream dealer. Several dealers have websites so you can shop on line rather than driving to a store.

The brake linings are available at most trailer stores and are not Airstream specific.

Also look at your torsion axles. If your trailer has been sitting for 25 years you may have some issues with the flexing of the rubber inside the axles. Meaing there may not be any flexing.

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