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Old 03-01-2021, 06:33 PM   #1
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Airstream Outfitter/Outrigger in Southern California

I just don't know which forum is the best for this post. My search showed this type of post in many different forums.

I am in search of an outfitter/outrigger in SoCal to help me with my 27 Globetrotter.

I like to Boondock with it, but this means washboard and rutted roads. I have the lift kit.

I think it needs additional "hardening" to keep cabinets and doors shut. The plastic latches aren't always enough.

Perhaps the outfitter has ideas about how to reduce vibrations or install a generator.

Maybe someone has come up with a better suspension or knows the best off-road tires to use.

I've broken more than a few things driving slow down what I thought was an unimproved, but not unusable road.

Please don't lecture me about this trailer is too big and heavy for how I like to use it. I already know this. I want to see if I can make it work. It's paid for and I otherwise love it. It's just a bit to "fragile."
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Old 03-01-2021, 06:38 PM   #2
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Good that you already have a lift.

Off-road tires aren’t necessary: a trailer is being towed, isn’t providing drive effort: knobby tires ‘look the part’, but actually do nothing to help.

Most generators are kept in the TV bed (what are you towing with?): there are a few installable ones coming perhaps, but I don’t think they’re available yet.

Otherwise, stock up on some common spare parts, and learn to replace bits on the go as needed.

Good luck,
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Old 03-02-2021, 02:40 PM   #3
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So you got a brand new top of the line AS and you want to take it off-roading?

This thread is about after market axels somebody saw. Seems to allow you to lift the trailer more than the Dexter lift.

tps://www.airforums.com/forums/f437/independent-suspension-on-an-airstream-timbren-axle-less-suspension-163368.html

The guy on this tread put beefy independent suspension on his old Sovereign. There's another thread on here I can't find right now. If I can find it I'll put it on here. Same idea though, beefed up frame and bad-ass lifted suspension. Down side is these are both full shell off rebuilds.

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f36...n-84829-3.html

Check videos for Black Series trailers. Aussie built off road travel trailers with serious suspension and other good ideas you may be able to adapt. They drag them on some serious trails.

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Only you get to decide how to use your trailer so don't mind those of us that try to tell you different.

Sounds like you are already doing some of the things. Things that come to mind might be:

Drive really annoyingly slow.
Heavy contents low in trailer.
Bungie cords or elastic straps (our fridge came open recently).
Rare earth magnets applied to back of drawers for strong staying shut power.
Fragile items wrapped in towels or foam.
Tables lowered for less rocking.
Bungie cords across wardrobe hangers.
Shower wand in a oven mitt.
Stronger/different trailer shocks.
Check with a Overlanding Outfitter who specializes in off road van set ups.

Area 63 Productions or
SoCal Trailer Parts(Ventura)
Might be two businesses to start with.

Good luck
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Old 03-08-2021, 12:08 PM   #5
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Rare earth magnets! Of course, what a great idea.

I am doing a lot of this in various flavors, but wonder if I can do more. Thank you.
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Old 03-08-2021, 12:10 PM   #6
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So you got a brand new top of the line AS and you want to take it off-roading?


Not exactly.

Dirt, rutted, and washboard roads aren't the same things as off-roading.

I just want the thing to be a bit more durable than it is because I am boondocker.
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