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Old 05-01-2014, 08:59 AM   #15
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You can get some plates that raise the trailer on the axles. The bal jacks are not made to jack the trailer up with. Jacking the trailer off the ground at those locations will stress things. Bottoming will have the same effect. Rollers that are lower than the skid plates will just put more load on the frame.

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Old 05-01-2014, 04:36 PM   #16
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20 years of parking the trailer in my driveway bottoming out entering and exiting contributed to my cracked frame. New axles finally fixed the problem.
1977 steel had a lot more to do with it.
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Just an update. The AS dealership that was going to install the skid rollers told us that Airstream would void the warranty if the original skid plates where removed and the rollers installed. Airstream says the original skid plates act as part of the support structure to the frame and rear wall. Can't say that I agree or understand, but can't take the chance at voiding the warranty. Our AS will stay in storage.
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Sometimes rollers can prevent serious damage.


Found on eBay, with “$25,000 INVESTED” in heading.



Not to worry, has “reinforced” frame.
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:25 AM   #19
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Skid Rollers for Flying Cloud 27FB?

I got sick of dragging donkey at every little bump in the road. Raised 3", and frame reinforced where it counts.

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The front will be raised an inch or two at the hitch before it travels, but this pic should get my point across.

No rollers needed. It handled well on this test drive.
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:43 AM   #20
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1977 steel had a lot more to do with it.
I think you mean the Beatrice frame.
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If the Airstream design, past and present were truly " monocoque" they would require no frame at all except for stubs to attach axles and the tongue.

I imagine the designers were trying to draw upon the concept but the structure at the floor attachment was insufficient over time and heavy use. In essence the body added little rigidity to the frame.
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It's semi-monocoque.

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If the Airstream design, past and present were truly " monocoque" they would require no frame at all except for stubs to attach axles and the tongue.

I imagine the designers were trying to draw upon the concept but the structure at the floor attachment was insufficient over time and heavy use. In essence the body added little rigidity to the frame.
And then they wonder why the seams leak when the whole shell is flexing.
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Yep, IMO if these trailers had full length floor joists, twice as many of them, and a perimeter structure where the outriggers now end, double the wall joists, it would have been much stronger even without a frame.
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Yep, IMO if these trailers had full length floor joists, twice as many of them, and a perimeter structure where the outriggers now end, double the wall joists, it would have been much stronger even without a frame.
Just look at an Avion frame.
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By skid plates do you mean the extra bit of frame at the back below the main frame rail? Removing that will weaken the frame.

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Just an update. The AS dealership that was going to install the skid rollers told us that Airstream would void the warranty if the original skid plates where removed and the rollers installed. Airstream says the original skid plates act as part of the support structure to the frame and rear wall. Can't say that I agree or understand, but can't take the chance at voiding the warranty. Our AS will stay in storage.


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That's correct Perry. I call them skid plates because that's how they were referenced at the dealership. They don't actually a plate
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...... They don't actually look like plates.
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