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Old 10-02-2015, 08:21 AM   #43
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"Bumper swing" is a principle that needs to be broadcasted. Everyone needs to be educated on bumper swing.
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I thought I was well aware of bumper swing, but still managed to hit the back of our Sovereign on a concrete wall when making a u-turn in long narrow parking lot. Fortunately it was the marker light that hit and while it created a bit of a dent around the light I was able to mostly pull it out and it's hardly noticeable. If the skin itself had hit it would have been much worse. The marker light needed to be replaced. The bumper also caught on the wall and was mostly pulled off but it was already damaged beyond repair when be bought the trailer so no great loss there. Now we have no bumper rather than one that looked bad. Will need to find a suitable bumper for our '74 at some point.
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:37 AM   #44
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This is fun. Hearing of others difficulties and situations on the road makes me not feel like the Lone Ranger.

Here's a reason I like Airstreams (one of the many reasons).

Wife and I were camping in our large 5th wheel (house on wheels and looked it by the mass size of the beast) at a nice campground in the Rockie Mountains one summer many years ago. This thing had 4 slide outs! Got time to say goodbye and come home so started getting things ready to travel and my worst nightmare happened.

Bedroom slide (up high on top of overhang not the low ones in living area) was stuck and not going in. Tried everything. Nothing. Got the book out and read how to manually bring it in. No help. Wouldn't budge. Now this slide stuck out about 2ft so you can't travel with it out. Something had to be done. I fiqured out how to release the motor under the bed. Had my wife climb under there and hold the motor release open. Still the manual crank handle would not make it budge. So, I rounded up as many TALL guys as I could from the campground to come and help me. We pushed that slide back in while my wife held the manual release. Once it was in we blocked it so it couldn't get back out on our trip home. Made for tight sleeping with that slide not out and couldn't get to all our stuff in cabinets and closets but we made it home.

Slides are no fun. We experienced more than one problem and had several different RV's that had slides that leaked. No more! Our last three trailers have all been Airstreams! Never had a slide out problem since!
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:57 AM   #45
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My parents had a 1973 A/S back in the late 80's and when we were moving from VA to Montana my dad was pulling the trailer and my mom and I were in the car behind them. I saw a small car pullin front of my dad put on the brakes and my dad pull
On the brakes and ending up jackknife the jeep and A/S. My dad hit a wall and I watched as the trailer went on its side then back down again. It caused a large dent on the front side passager side and the step broke. The only thing that was broke inside was a tv turning nob.
I haven't had any problem in both of mine that I had yet. I'm still in the learning on hitching up cause my 1st one I didn't take anywhere much. I use a check off list when I hitch up so I don't forget my steps. I mark as I go so I can remember.


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Old 10-02-2015, 10:13 AM   #46
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I was backing in with a ball on the bumper of my old F150. Jackknifed it in. I didn't realize it because before I had used a hitch with receiver. there were no tanks on the trailer so I bent the support for the propane tanks, and put a dent in my bumper. I didn't care about the truck, but I spent hours straitening the tank support back to the original oval shape. Sledgehammer, propane torch, etc. I did try to fix it using a steel landscape bar. It slipped, hit me in the forehead and left me dazed for a while with a big lump on my head.

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Old 10-02-2015, 10:51 AM   #47
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Traveled to Florida to buy a new airstream. 16 ft Bambi. Worst experience in my life. Threaten the dealer with a lawyer to fix things that did not work because they told me it was a warranty problem not theirs. (It was brand new) take it up with the manufacture of the item. Got that problem fixed and left to drive home to North Carolina. On I-95 driving 65mph in between two car carriers I see a blown tire ahead of me in my lane. Started braking and could not steer out of the way because of the trucks along side of me and the tire hits the 3" cap on my dump valve and blows it off. Pulled off the side of the road and saw little damage. Lucky. Get home and made an appointment 5 hrs. away for warranty work that took 3 weeks to get. Left trailer there for 3 weeks and picked it up. Got home and saw a few things not fixed I did not noticed before. Called them up and they said take it some where else don't come back. Called factory and awaiting answer. So far I would never buy another airstream. Can't believe how I was treated.
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:23 AM   #48
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:44 AM   #49
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Story of the great ball joint incident for pictures above

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Old 10-02-2015, 11:59 AM   #50
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Old 10-02-2015, 07:49 PM   #51
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What exactly is bumper swing? We'll be picking up our AS next month, have never towed anything, and so we need all the help we can get.
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Old 10-02-2015, 08:08 PM   #52
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What exactly is bumper swing? We'll be picking up our AS next month, have never towed anything, and so we need all the help we can get.
Bumper swing.... Well, you only get introduced to that after we get to know you better!!! Let's not go there....

Actually, ok, Bumper Swing is the distance from the center of the trailer to the stern(back bumper) that "swings" as your trailer is turned. Get a small toy truck and trailer from toy store and watch. Also some videos on YouTube...

Usually as you "guess" you have cleared an obstacle and the trailer is still "straightening out". The back is not quite done moving. Check out:
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Old 10-02-2015, 08:46 PM   #53
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Bumper swing-
If you are turning very sharply and very slowly, the trailer wheels are sitting still and the trailer is pivoting on the wheels. The rear of the trailer swings closer to whatever is next to it- car, tree, fence, house, bush, etc.
To overcome, you either drive past the obstacle or gradually pull away from the obstacle before turning sharply.


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Old 10-02-2015, 08:58 PM   #54
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Last summer we had a similar incident. We were on i64 heading east near Norfolk heading to the eastern shore. Where we were at, there was 5 lanes and it was a weekday and no traffic at all. Way off in the distance, I see something in our lane so ease it over a lane. As we get closer, I notice it is a full sized car time and wheel just sitting in the center of the lane, sitting upright, pointed down the road. My head was filled for the next 100 miles with what kind of damage and wreckage that would have caused.
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Old 10-03-2015, 12:34 PM   #55
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I reference to bad experience buying the airstream I still think its a great product. Just think quality control at the factory could be a little better. Things that are wrong I can fix myself, just thought that if its under warranty let them do it. Bad mistake. Need to find a reputable dealer in the future. I live in eastern NC.
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Old 10-03-2015, 12:41 PM   #56
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I reference to bad experience buying the airstream I still think its a great product. Just think quality control at the factory could be a little better. Things that are wrong I can fix myself, just thought that if its under warranty let them do it. Bad mistake. Need to find a reputable dealer in the future. I live in eastern NC.

Sorry for your bad experience. Map out a drive to Colonial in NJ or the factory in Jackson Center, OH. You shouldn't have to do a ton of repairs but go to either place with a full punch list and have it done right. I live in New England and have been to both - totally worth it to me. Good luck.
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