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Old 12-05-2016, 07:17 AM   #21
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I do have new airstream shocks and did not think about checking them when lifting the unit to put on jack stand for the winter and taking the picture of them with the chain going around axle.

Far as i can tell they are original shocks and had not been changed. Will get on that in spring when i get ready to take out for usage as i need to jack it up some to get jack stands out.

thanks for the good heads up on shocks.

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If you have a newer Airstream and the axle doesn't move when you jack it up, take a hard look at your shocks before deciding you need new axles. A rusted shock or one with a blown seal might be the culprit. Also some people try to replace shocks with non-Airstream ones. The proper shocks work horizontally.
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Old 12-05-2016, 05:29 PM   #22
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The rubber axles are self damping to a large extent and there is some debate on here if they are even necessary. If you have a frozen one throwing it out and running without them is better than running a binding shock.

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I was able this past spring to check shocks while doing a bearing grease repack, replacing brake magnets and checking bearing races, adjusting brakes project.

SO I would take a shock off one end and could push and pull them with some ease, they are designed to be hard to push and pull, so left them on for now. .

Might have to get back under and check axles again to make sure i am getting travel in the axle as noted by Andy T. using the 3" board trick. When i had it jacked up there was a difference between loaded and unloaded but did not measure the drop.

I know the trailer a 2005 was used as the PO had traveled to AZ from some where up north? to pick it up at age of 2 and traveled around the west for some time. during that time they moved to Florida and the unit would come and go mainly going to Maine in summer but sitting at campground in arcida and them coming back to Florida in winter to storage lot and not sure how much traveling they did beyond that.





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I do have new airstream shocks and did not think about checking them when lifting the unit to put on jack stand for the winter and taking the picture of them with the chain going around axle.

Far as i can tell they are original shocks and had not been changed. Will get on that in spring when i get ready to take out for usage as i need to jack it up some to get jack stands out.

thanks for the good heads up on shocks.
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