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Old 04-06-2006, 08:22 AM   #1
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shock absorbers for 1969 Tradewind

I purchased a 1969 25 ft Tradewind, and while having the brakes checked, noticed that each wheel has a shock absorber. The shocks look to be ancient and show evidence of leakage. How can I determine what shocks to use for replacement and where can I find them? Also, if I cannot obtain replacements, what is the downside to running with defective shocks?

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Old 04-06-2006, 08:46 AM   #2
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Many posts claim that shocks are not needed, but that Airstream puts them on because AS are "high end" products and they would be considered lacking if they weren't included. I can live with that on good paved roads, occasional potholes notwithstanding. However, if you encounter a dirt road with washboards, I can't imagine feeling comfortable without them.

Andy at Inland RV has the right shock (if your's is a horizontal installation). You can look around the forums and you'll see two different alternative shocks. I picked Monroe 555003, intending to put them in horizontally. Some quick tests (pushing and pulling them by hand) in a nearly horizontal position indicated they maintained damping action in this orientation, per others assertions. Ufnortunately, you'll find differing opinionson this and I can find no specs for maximum installed tilt angle for any shock. Nor can I find a shock that says "for horizontal applications." Maybe someone else has a URL for this information.

After I bought the shocks, I wound up taking the belly pan off as part of an axle replacement effort (see "new axis axle" thread). Now that the belly pan is off, I can install an upper shock mounting bolt that will allow nearly vertical shock installation (38 degrees from vertical). If I made the shock bracket longer, there would be no problem making it truly vertical. I'll post drawings on the other thread, as well as final installation info once I get the axle installed over the weekend.
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