Originally Posted by rivercaner
I bought a 69 tradewind in the fall and had it delivered. It had sat for 15 years. Then was moved about 20 miles to the 'flipper's' house and then another 30 miles to mine.
I need to move it this month about 15 miles and am probably going to end up with a towing service.
I'm feeling anxious that I have no idea what's going on with the running gear. Don't want to damage it on this short move.
I've been told at the minimum I should pack the bearings. Is this something I can do myself? Or that the towing company might do?
Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
If you have some 2 x 6's, you don't even need a jack. Pull one axle up on the boards, and service the other axle. When done, reverse that, and do the other axle.
When an Airstream sits unsupported for a long time, your right, that the running gear needs checking. The following article in Airstream Central will help you do that.
The Dura-Torque Axle
If the axles are bad, towing those few miles won't really hurt anything, but take it "slow". If the trailer will not be moved for another long period of time, then if the axles are indeed bad, it really won't matter. If you plan on rehabing the trailer, then that's a different story.
The tire condition must be acceptable, so that you don't have a problem, moving it those few miles.
Since it's been parked for a long time, you should address the issue of making the trailer water proof. Check all the exterior gaskets, especially the sewer vent pipe gaskets that last only 2 to 3 years. Water proofing the trailer will protect the interior, if your going to use the trailer, or not.