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Old 03-18-2010, 07:30 PM   #15
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Basically it's just a way of saving your good tires for traveling. They will last longer if they are not on the trailer all the time exposed to the elements. You really don't have to do anything and the trailer will be fine but the tires may not last as long.
The part about the axle is a debated subject and there are a lot of threads on that subject. Do a search to find them and decide for yourself, some people do the jack stands, some don't, some change out the rims and tires and some don't..

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Old 03-18-2010, 07:40 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Aquabud View Post
Does storing over the winter months require that other tires or jack stands be used? Does something happen to the tires/wheels on the AS? I'm just taking delivery of a new 27FB and would like to do what is best.
Not too many owners take the wheels off and jack up the trailer. I asked earlier what does jacking accomplish. The answer, extending the axle life makes sense. Is it required? No.

It looks like the jack stands are under the fishplate to which the axles are mounted. That's where I would put them. You don't necessarily have to take the wheels off to take the weight off the axle. Just jack it up a couple of inches. Personally, if I had the wheels off I would also put jackstands or blocks under the tongue and frame in the rear of the trailer, but put most of the weight on the axle jacks.. To me it sounds like balancing the trailer only on 4 jacks near the axles is inherently unstable and the whole kit and kaboodle could go over like dominoes.

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Old 03-19-2010, 04:35 AM   #17

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Thumbs down Axle ratings


If you check your spec. sheet you will probably find what I did.

GVWR of the trailer...7300lbs. GWR of the axles...7000lbs.
It's not easy when boondocking to stay under the axle rating,(full fresh,LPG, supplies etc.)
Basicaly it's on stands to help extend the life of under-rated axles...Thank You Airstream.

Tires, alloy wheels tend to deteriorate rather quickly in winter around here.
Sitting on 4 stands has kept it stable thru many winter storms/winds off Lake Erie with no dominoes.
Not recommending it for anyone, it's just what I do for Winter storage....has worked well for two AS over 23yrs.

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Old 03-19-2010, 08:07 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Bluto View Post
Chevy S10 wheels will fit. I got a set from a local junk yard and painted them. Junk yards even sell old tires to fit. My junk yard set is still holding air for over 10 years. There all cracked up but good for when storing the trailer.

Andy has a point, if you are going to store it for a long time take some weight off the axles. But just for 2 months the extra wheels and tires work for me.
The S 10 has five lug wheels, most Airstreams have six lug wheels. Count your lugs before purchasing.
The 6 lug, large hub Nissan wheels will also "fit", as will the 6 lug, old style Chevy truck wheels.
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Old 03-19-2010, 10:47 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by overlander63 View Post
The S 10 has five lug wheels, most Airstreams have six lug wheels. Count your lugs before purchasing.
The 6 lug, large hub Nissan wheels will also "fit", as will the 6 lug, old style Chevy truck wheels.

No matter what Chevy wheels you get they have to be 6 lug type to fit. Just Google Chevy s10 6 lug wheels and see that they made them since 1987.

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