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Forum: Axles 01-15-2018, 06:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 813
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The definition of a failed rubber torsion axle: ...

The definition of a failed rubber torsion axle:

Any rubber torsion axle that is 25 years old.

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Forum: Axles 01-14-2018, 09:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 813
Posted By Action
I found this shop on the internet. ...

I found this shop on the internet.

http://www.atlasspringservice.com/

Call them and interview them.

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Forum: Axles 01-14-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 813
Posted By Action
Leaf springs are what came with the trailer brand...

Leaf springs are what came with the trailer brand new. You could change to a torsion axle. However the installer will have to do some significant modification. And you would have a customized...
Forum: Tires 01-06-2018, 04:11 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,653
Posted By Action
Real data .... hmmm ... that has been attempted...

Real data .... hmmm ... that has been attempted on this website (I am sure others) more than once. The issue has too many data points to simplify the answer.

Was it a road hazard failure?
How...
Forum: Tires 01-06-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,653
Posted By Action
This has been my experience in the 1/2 dozen...

This has been my experience in the 1/2 dozen trailers I have owned. Most were boat trailers.

The ST design may have some issues. In my opinion the greater issue is the load capacity of the tire...
Forum: Axles 01-05-2018, 10:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,302
Posted By Action
I may be wrong and I don't think Axis has any...

I may be wrong and I don't think Axis has any connection to Henschen or Dexter. And I believe Dexter was always bigger than either Axis or Henschen. Dexter is a much older company that has...
Forum: Tires 01-05-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,653
Posted By Action
RV company installs ST tire(s) that have a total...

RV company installs ST tire(s) that have a total of 500 pounds of load capacity at max pressure above the max designed weight of the trailer. (Which almost never happens in the towing vehicle world) ...
Forum: Axles 01-04-2018, 10:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,302
Posted By Action
I believe GKN/Henschen was that source. Henschen...

I believe GKN/Henschen was that source. Henschen was down the street from Airstream in Jackson Center. I think Airstream owned or had majority interest in Hendschen. Thor owns Airstream and I am sure...
Forum: Airstream Registry Discussions 01-03-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 23,905
Posted By Action
If I had it to do again I would have bought a...

If I had it to do again I would have bought a Trade Wind. The Overlander was too long. However at that time my mind went to bigger is better.

And I think '66 is nearly the best year.
One of the...
Forum: Axles 01-03-2018, 01:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,302
Posted By Action
Perfect. Then what, 5000 torsion axles are made...

Perfect. Then what, 5000 torsion axles are made in any given year for new production RV vehicles? In the automotive world that is a 1/2 days production. May be an hour or so for many major...
Forum: Airstream Registry Discussions 01-03-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 23,905
Posted By Action
Sold in Phoenix some 5 + years ago. Used...

Sold in Phoenix some 5 + years ago.

Used mostly to go to Mexico.
Installed new roof top AC. Repaired water supply system. Replaced all foam in cushions. Replaced a lot of small parts for windows...
Forum: Axles 01-02-2018, 08:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,302
Posted By Action
Correction, they will replace your axle as a...

Correction, they will replace your axle as a requested service at the Airstream service center. Airstream doesn't build axles. So they would have to place an order for an axle just like anyone else. ...
Forum: Axles 01-02-2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,302
Posted By Action
Welcome to the market place of niche products!* ...

Welcome to the market place of niche products!*

Henschen went out of business because it was no longer profitable to stay in biz and only supply Airstream. Axis may have been the same reason.
...
Forum: Tires 12-25-2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 20,726
Posted By Action
Ouch! ...

Ouch!


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Forum: Shocks 12-17-2017, 03:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,790
Posted By Action
I would agree. I suspect the entire...

I would agree.

I suspect the entire design of an Airstream requires the softest ride possible versus a white box design. In my unprofessional opinion the other travel trailers can take more...
Forum: Shocks 12-17-2017, 09:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,790
Posted By Action
The makeup of an Airstream axle/spring is rubber...

The makeup of an Airstream axle/spring is rubber not steel. The rubber encased in the tube acts as a dampener in of i's self. Because t always want to get back to the original position.

...
Forum: Shocks 12-12-2017, 02:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,928
Posted By Action
Airstream trailers were not designed for gas...

Airstream trailers were not designed for gas shocks. Airstream trailers have never had gas shocks installed by the factory.

Hydraulic shocks give a softer ride. This is what Airstream is...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 11-16-2017, 01:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By Action
Unless you find out there is tire wear your...

Unless you find out there is tire wear your trailer is likely OK.


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Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 11-16-2017, 11:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By Action
It wasn't a repair technician. It was a state...

It wasn't a repair technician. It was a state inspector. (Or state technician) An employee of the State of Vermont. (Deeper pockets if one were to pursue a claim)

In addition based on how the...
Forum: Tires 11-15-2017, 11:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 782
Posted By Action
Yes, that is what he has posted in a couple...

Yes, that is what he has posted in a couple different threads.

inflation (under, over or correct inflation pressure) can only be compared with a load. Without a load the max pressure on the...
Forum: Axles 11-15-2017, 10:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,253
Posted By Action
Only guessing ... a current automotive...

Only guessing ... a current automotive manufacturer redesigned the rear suspension in 1965 from leaf springs to coil springs. This also required changing the shock mounting. The lower shock mounting...
Forum: Axles 11-13-2017, 09:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 458
Posted By Action
Pre 1969 Inland or anyone else will not have...

Pre 1969 Inland or anyone else will not have shock mounts attached. The records are not as defined for units that old. And some minor mods may be needed to install.


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Forum: Axles 11-13-2017, 12:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 458
Posted By Action
You could order the same exact axle. OR you might...

You could order the same exact axle. OR you might choose to beef up the specs of the new one.

Some of the choice will depend on how you expect to use.
Infrequently, always on paved level...
Forum: Axles 11-07-2017, 02:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 584
Posted By Action
For any axle vendor you will need to give precise...

For any axle vendor you will need to give precise dimensions to order axles. Airstream trailers from the late to mid 1960s have axles that need to be ordered by dimension. The data for many parts is...
Forum: Tires 11-06-2017, 04:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,418
Posted By Action
That question was asked in May 2017 and not...

That question was asked in May 2017 and not answered. This thread is about GYE tires and not about TPMS.

I would suggest if you want TPMS data to post on a new thread on the Tire Forum as you...
Forum: Tires 11-01-2017, 05:40 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,833
Posted By Action
Think Goldilocks!!!! Too low pressure =...

Think Goldilocks!!!!

Too low pressure = tire wear on the outsides of the tire and over heating
Too high pressure = tire wear in the center of the tire and the tire has less contact with the...
Forum: Tires 10-30-2017, 03:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,001
Posted By Action
You want the load capacity as tires with lower...

You want the load capacity as tires with lower capacity fail more frequently. A larger sized rim will give you that like going from a 15" rim to a 16" rim.

However a larger sized rim with tire...
Forum: Tires 10-30-2017, 03:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,001
Posted By Action
Since the rim are not stock tires may be as well....

Since the rim are not stock tires may be as well.

Dialing back to a smaller tire one needs to know what you need.

As a side note this is what the RV manufacturers deal with. How much...
Forum: Tires 10-26-2017, 01:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 337
Posted By Action
The tire or rim are very far out of balance. The...

The tire or rim are very far out of balance. The offset to that would have been to deflate the tire and move the tire on the rim 90 degrees or 180 degrees. This would have been a better fix.

...
Forum: Tires 10-26-2017, 01:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,001
Posted By Action
The rim or wheel on his ride is not stock. (or...

The rim or wheel on his ride is not stock. (or original) It appears to be a painted black wagon wheel type. I wouldn't want it either.

If you are looking for a stock stamped wheel, just make sure...
Forum: Tires 10-04-2017, 02:02 PM
Replies: 606
Views: 81,109
Posted By Action
Difficult to make an answer to a value question. ...

Difficult to make an answer to a value question.

Obvious details -
Upgrading for a trailer that isn't used much, no point in it.
If you are full timing, yeah better upgrade.

There...
Forum: Tires 10-02-2017, 05:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,325
Posted By Action
Higher load ratings Higher speed ratings ...

Higher load ratings
Higher speed ratings

Higher class of tire that can handle more stress.

For the tire of any type that is properly inflated and has lots of margin no big deal. Trailer tires...
Forum: Axles 09-27-2017, 10:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 598
Posted By Action
1961 is around when the transition took place for...

1961 is around when the transition took place for Airstream from leaf springs to torsion springs. If they are early torsion springs the axles are welded in.

With either spring type if they are...
Forum: Tires 09-27-2017, 09:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,935
Posted By Action
The advantage to upgrading to a larger rim and...

The advantage to upgrading to a larger rim and tire diameter is the greater load capacity. One can do this change rather blindly and throw money at that change. However the basis of the change gets...
Forum: Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling 09-21-2017, 02:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,451
Posted By Action
"Just a quick update. ... Install was less than...

"Just a quick update. ... Install was less than 30mins, nothing exciting. "

I have reached a point in my life that "nothing exciting" sounds appealing!

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Forum: Tires 09-13-2017, 09:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,533
Posted By Action
I do! However several things are in play for...

I do! However several things are in play for that. I live in the Valley of the Sun. (I used to live in Redmond long ago) The sun can be very intense here as opposed to other locations around the...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 09-12-2017, 10:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,894
Posted By Action
Not only that there is an entire forum titled: ...

Not only that there is an entire forum titled:

Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling

All kinds of uplifting advise there.

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Forum: Tires 09-11-2017, 01:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,533
Posted By Action
Just to be sure I would run the trailer over a...

Just to be sure I would run the trailer over a scale to find the loaded weight. In preparation for that fill all the tanks. Even waste tanks with water. You will get a max load of what your trailer...
Forum: Tires 09-10-2017, 06:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 676
Posted By Action
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Forum: Tires 09-09-2017, 04:50 PM
Replies: 606
Views: 81,109
Posted By Action
Tires inflated to max side wall pressure cold are...

Tires inflated to max side wall pressure cold are not overinflated after use. Tires are designed for cold inflation pressures only. After inflating to proper pressure when cold, checking pressure...
Forum: Tires 08-14-2017, 01:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 913
Posted By Action
In my un-professional opinion, AS is a high end...

In my un-professional opinion, AS is a high end trailer. However at lower price points and smaller trailers the market has competition. While the dealer may have some input on what tires go on,...
Forum: Axles 08-13-2017, 04:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,219
Posted By Action
Lifting the trailer by an axle tube is not...

Lifting the trailer by an axle tube is not recommended by Airstream as far as I know.

The axle tube needs no support as it is bolted to the trailer. I will revise one word from axle to trailer in...
Forum: Tires 08-13-2017, 04:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 913
Posted By Action
Tires fail for many reasons. Very few are based...

Tires fail for many reasons. Very few are based on a defective tire. You used the word blowout and that is only one type of failure and one that is very dramatic. Some people like to dramatize their...
Forum: Axles 08-13-2017, 03:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,219
Posted By Action
By description I had the same thought. I...

By description I had the same thought.

I don't think 8 days with one axle in the air should not be an issue in my opinion. I would be more concerned about the trailer being disturbed and sitting...
Forum: Tires 08-11-2017, 10:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 472
Posted By Action
When seeking tires of a trailer of that vintage, ...

When seeking tires of a trailer of that vintage, the technology has changed so much from then.

Has the trailer been changed or modified as to change the loaded weight?
What is the weight of the...
Forum: Tires 08-11-2017, 08:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,315
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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438/michelin-p235...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438/michelin-p235-75r15-ltx-for-use-as-a-trailer-tire-71294.html

Post 11 and there are others out there.

Now that doesn't mean a tire sales person won't sell a...
Forum: Tires 08-11-2017, 08:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,315
Posted By Action
Actually several members have posted on this...

Actually several members have posted on this forum either verbal conversations or email or chat that Michelin does not make a tire for trailer usage so Michelin does not approve of any of their tires...
Forum: Tires 08-09-2017, 03:33 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 20,726
Posted By Action
In my opinion your math has a flaw. If the...

In my opinion your math has a flaw.

If the new axles are rated for 4500 each and you have 2, then 4500 X 2 = 9000. The GVWR can not be determined or stated based on the modifications made. As GVWR...
Forum: Tires 08-09-2017, 03:16 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 20,726
Posted By Action
I know, I got a tire education in 1998 after I...

I know, I got a tire education in 1998 after I purchase this in 1997. Along with keeping the tires inflated on every trip every time. The boat dealer that towed the trailer to my home had tire...
Forum: Tires 08-09-2017, 01:42 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 20,726
Posted By Action
So you have 8750 of trailer weight and 9000...

So you have 8750 of trailer weight and 9000 pounds of load capacity for the axles?

Or a little less than a 3% margin in axle capacity.
Dividing that 9000 by 4 = 2250 #s, which means one...
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