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Old 11-07-2018, 08:15 PM   #21
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Here is what I did:
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I add a hitch receiver on both sides for accessories and add a skid roller.
The height is the same as the flimsy sheet metal bows which I would not consider a skid plate as the bend or shear off at contact.
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PSCHW - Is this on an Interstate, it sure looks it BUT your hitch bumper body skirting opening seems wider than mine. I was going to pursue the same, 1 on each side of factory installed hitch exactly for same purpose. I hate my bike rack always shaking a bit in spite of the hitch tighteners. Luckily I have a friend who can weld 2 of them. You say it's same height as the loops? How did you manage that since the new hitches are 2" already + roller height? Also can you post the entire 3 hitches shown, please? I really interested on how the final product looks.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:03 PM   #22
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I own a 1973 Streamline that came out of the factory with small wheels - approximately 2” in diameter. They work well on slow inclines but I have luckily never put them in a shearing impact. They are cheaply replaced at your local Granger store.
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:44 PM   #23
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PSCHW - Is this on an Interstate, it sure looks it BUT your hitch bumper body skirting opening seems wider than mine. I was going to pursue the same, 1 on each side of factory installed hitch exactly for same purpose. I hate my bike rack always shaking a bit in spite of the hitch tighteners. Luckily I have a friend who can weld 2 of them. You say it's same height as the loops? How did you manage that since the new hitches are 2" already + roller height? Also can you post the entire 3 hitches shown, please? I really interested on how the final product looks.


Yes it is a 2013 Interstate not extended and I believe Airstream changed the rear bumper in 2014.
My “skid” loops been about 3” or 4” high and the lowers roller I could find was 2” high. Ultra-Fab Products (48-979021) 2" x 2" Weld-On Steel Mini Roller purchase from Amazon.
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I made a accessory bar going into both outside hitches which was not working to well as it is difficult to line up the hitches perfectly and have the studs welded perfectly parallel so I am rethinking this part.
As usual at mods are more or less a work in progress.
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:30 PM   #24
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Skid plates loops or rollers you still can, CAN the back corners of AS, if you don't no what canning means it is wrinkling of skin on back corners. It can happen as my AS is proof of it on 1 corner that didn't drag that hard. Bottom line avoid any place where can drag. My AS drug entering gas station even on angle to avoid dragging.
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Yes it is a 2013 Interstate not extended and I believe Airstream changed the rear bumper in 2014.
My “skid” loops been about 3” or 4” high and the lowers roller I could find was 2” high. Ultra-Fab Products (48-979021) 2" x 2" Weld-On Steel Mini Roller purchase from Amazon.

I made a accessory bar going into both outside hitches which was not working to well as it is difficult to line up the hitches perfectly and have the studs welded perfectly parallel so I am rethinking this part.
As usual at mods are more or less a work in progress.
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PSCHW - THANK YOU, those pics awesome! That is how I envisioned the concept in my mind. But you definitely have it better with the wider opening on the lower skirting. My 2018 probably only has half that width, so hopefully my friend can make it look as good as yours. As you say, alignment of the hitches is tricky but once you got it aligned, you're set
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:01 PM   #26
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Skid plates loops or rollers you still can, CAN the back corners of AS, if you don't no what canning means it is wrinkling of skin on back corners. It can happen as my AS is proof of it on 1 corner that didn't drag that hard. Bottom line avoid any place where can drag. My AS drug entering gas station even on angle to avoid dragging.
FEATHERBEDDER - Learned a new term today - canning. And after you explained the wrinkling, then I can visualize it. Sorry to hear happened to you. I am almost ridiculously over careful to the point where I will skip a gas station to find one with flat approaches, even if lots more expensive diesel. Small price to pay to prevent rig & my face wrinkles
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Old 11-09-2018, 05:00 AM   #27
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....if you don't no what canning means it is wrinkling of skin on back corners. It can happen as my AS is proof of it on 1 corner that didn't drag that hard. ....
Any pics of this? Thanks.
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:57 AM   #28
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Skid plates loops or rollers you still can, CAN the back corners of AS, if you don't no what canning means it is wrinkling of skin on back corners. It can happen as my AS is proof of it on 1 corner that didn't drag that hard. Bottom line avoid any place where can drag. My AS drug entering gas station even on angle to avoid dragging.


Yes on a trailer but not on a Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van.
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:26 AM   #29
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Yes on a trailer but not on a Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van.
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Old 10-13-2019, 09:32 AM   #30
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Well, THIS project is finally going to happen soon. The mate to this wheel is en route, and then my husband will commence the welding.

Late last week, a change in plans had me returning to our home in Galveston County via the Bolivar Ferry rather than via IH-10. Earlier in this thread, I explained how that's a bit of a crap shoot because certain docking conditions are not within our van's departure tolerance.

Once again, I managed to get on and off the ferry without tail-striking, but only because (a) I got lucky that the boat's ramp selection worked out in my favor, and (b) I wisely decided not to remain on the peninsula overnight, as we were expecting a cold front that was to push Galveston Bay down to a level that might not have worked (during significant weather events, TxDOT tweets ramp warnings for vehicles such as ours, but that does not do me much good if I'm already on Bolivar).

I enjoy the heck out of that stupid ferry - I don't know why, but the adventure never gets old. I'd like to be able to take it more often, with more ingress-egress confidence.

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Old 10-13-2019, 01:37 PM   #31
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Ferries - I totally agree!

I love them too. Port Angeles to Vancouver Island is nice

Sometimes they’re short trips like this one near Nelson BC last month

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Old 10-15-2019, 08:35 AM   #32
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I can hear the PA/Victoria ferry from my house.
I’ve been on that ferry near Nelson a few times- there are some little ones over the Columbia (Lake Roosevelt)- free even.

I was on the last run of the ferry from Washington to Anacortes. The bridge opened right after that. (I have an old Super8 movie someplace).

I can get the ‘under 22’ rate on the Washington State ferries- but sometimes they don’t believe me. I measured, it is less than an inch under, but under is under.
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Old 11-10-2019, 05:45 PM   #33
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The skid wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round
Round and round

The skid wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round
All across North America.

Or at least I hope they will. Here they are, in all their welded glory. Conveniently, they did not require spacers.

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Nice work, for something you never hope to use.

Those should be standard equipment.
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Old 11-12-2019, 09:24 PM   #36
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I’ve never needed wheels, but I could see it would be nice- just in case.

Where did you get them? (Perhaps you said but I missed it).

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Old 12-01-2019, 11:07 AM   #37
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I bought some casters and was unable to install them.

I still have a light skid loop drag when leaving my driveway.

It no longer bothers me because I moved the 7-way connector which I had damaged many times and that was the real problem with taildragging.
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