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Old 02-15-2011, 05:24 PM   #15
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Oh, and bye-the-way. Sorry about your mishap. When we got our 30' Excella it also has a dimple on the front right lower panel. In an earlier posting Foiled Again had mentioned about having the panel replaced. If anyone has had one replaced any ideas of an approximate cost to have one done ????? Is it worth taking it to the factory to have it done and about how much, and how long ????? I hadn't really thought about it. I've just been living with it but now you've got me thinking about fixing it.

Thanks all, this is a great forum, Keep it up.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:20 AM   #16
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The problem is my utilty bed...its as wide as my AS...and the AS has a very short tongue..... I can barely pull out onto the highway before the bumper is into the AS.......



This is my truck with a car trailer that has a very long tongue...



Above photo is to show you how wide bumper is...and yes I was very stuck..lol
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:02 PM   #17
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I see your's is very squared off. Mine is factory and is perhaps a bit more rounded. In it's prior life I know my trailer had a new "A" frame installed by the previous owner. The battery box had leaked battery acid and corroded the inner ends of the "A" frame. So he had it cut out and a new and heavier one installed. It is perhaps also longer. I just wouldn't know. Hopefully you have found some options that won't break the bank so you can safely manage. I like the Old VW Bus on the trailer. I have a friend in Kansas that's been wanting one of those for some time. If you have one or know of one that's been re-conditioned let me know. I'll put him in contact. Just gotta love those VW air cooled motors. Like the energizer bunny.....

I have a question for the forum. I've been hanging around here for about 2 years or so. After reading a few posts I can usually pick up the lingo that has evolved here as it pertains to Airstreams. I just have not been able to figure just what the term SOB is referring to. I gather that it in a refrence to trailers of manuf. other than Airstream. But just what does it mean ??????
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:30 PM   #18
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SOB=Some Other Brand or Same Old Box.
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:50 PM   #19
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Thanks for that. Would never of thought of that one.
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:24 PM   #20
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Welcome...I recently purchased the Airsafe hitch...I had to extend my power umbilical cord and chains about a foot...I don't know if that distance is adequate...but, if it is ...it would certainly add safety to your extended use of your AS as stated....Airsafe.com
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:38 AM   #21
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SOB=Some Other Brand or Same Old Box.
Or Square Old Box.
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Old 04-23-2011, 03:29 PM   #22
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I use an AirSafe hitch which moves the trailer back about 10". It has definitely mad it a lot easier and safer to back into my storage slot and I can do a U-turn easily in our cul-de-sac.

With a fairly light trailer and heavy truck, the AirSafe hitch will make it a lot easier on the trailer and prevent popped rivets. It also makes concrete expansion joints a lot more comfortable.
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:34 PM   #23
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Ky', I don't know where you are on this, but once you have the hitch situation solved, the hole can be patched with a piece of aluminum and then you can buy rock guards (It think official name is "segment protectors") to put over the lower corners. They take the abuse of gravel and truck corners and protect the body. No one has to see the hole that way and the repair will be cheap compared to replacing a panel. The rock guards aren't cheap, but they help protect the trailer. There are also rock guards for the front windows and they are also a good investment, especially if you have curved windows.

Our taillights have hit the rock guards and put a dimple in one side—the lenses of the taillight is stronger than the rock guards and didn't break. They are made of stainless steel. The ones for the windows are dark plastic.

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Old 04-26-2011, 08:54 AM   #24
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I actually replaced my rear bumper on my 2008 Ford F-250 with a South Texas Outfitters rear bumper and have had it on now since I got my truck in fall 2007. It also has the rear sensor capacity that slide right in from the old bumper. I had my local body shop guy do the transfer for free and gave him my old(new) rear bumper.
I did the same thing on my front bumper as well. Love their workmanship.

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Old 04-26-2011, 11:12 AM   #25
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Sorry about your mishap. I had the same problem with my 16 ft flat bed. I have a truck (diamond plate aluminm box) box on the tongue of the trailer. Before I realized it I had bent the box with the bumper and broke out the left tail lite assembly.
IT appears you have two options. ONE LOSE THE Truck with the Service box as a tow vehicle . or TWO buy a longer ball mount setup like I did. I moved the trailer back about 8 inches and I can now turn and drop the tailgate. I think you will have to move back even farther. You have already received some excellent suggestions but in any case you have to move that trailer back one way or another.I would suggest that in moving the trailer back ( longer hitch) that you do incorprate some sort of sway control.In changing hitches also remember to take into consideration the drop you need to keep the trailer level.
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