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Old 04-06-2021, 02:19 PM   #1
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Right Rear Tire Wearing Badly

Soon after taking delivery of our new 28í FB Airstream in 2014, I noticed excessive wear on the outside edge of the right rear tire. After about 15K miles, I changed our the spare for the right rear. It too wore unevenly. I recently put new tires on the trailer, and the installer said the brake plate should be removed (4 bolts on the axle), and it should shimmed out on one side to align the wheel. I donít believe it is an axle issue since it started when the trailer was new. I donít see how the axle itself can be adjusted forward or back to change alignment. Anyone out there have experience with this?
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Old 04-06-2021, 02:25 PM   #2
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Soon after taking delivery of our new 28í FB Airstream in 2014, I noticed excessive wear on the outside edge of the right rear tire. After about 15K miles, I changed our the spare for the right rear. It too wore unevenly. I recently put new tires on the trailer, and the installer said the brake plate should be removed (4 bolts on the axle), and it should shimmed out on one side to align the wheel. I donít believe it is an axle issue since it started when the trailer was new. I donít see how the axle itself can be adjusted forward or back to change alignment. Anyone out there have experience with this?
your axle is most likely bent...a truck alignment shop can correct it...the spindle is not bolted on to the axle...so that shimm is not correct..
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I agree that the axle is out of alignment. You will need to find a shop with the equipment to repair the problem. I do not think that shimming the backing plate will do anything. He axle spindle is not moved by the plate.
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Old 04-06-2021, 03:29 PM   #4
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This is a list provided by Airstream.....

Trailer Wheel Alignment Facilities

ARIZONA
Oasis RV Center
2111 East Benson Hwy
Tucson, AZ 85714
Phone: 520-889-6361
Fax: 520-741-1568

CALIFORNIA
C&G Trailer Service
9241 Sonrisa St.
Bellflower, CA 90706
Phone: 562-634-6286
Fax: 562-634-2672

DELAWARE
Parkview
5511 Dupont Parkway-North
Smyrna, DE 19977
Phone: 302-653-6619

FLORIDA
American Frame & Axle
5710 Causeway Blvd
Tampa, FL
Phone: 813-247-5981

Safe-Way Wheel Service
1235 Geo. Jenkins Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33815
Phone: 863-688-2333

Josam Truck Frame & Alignment
8849 Exchange Drive
Orlando, FL 32809
Phone: 407-438-7020

IOWA
Ace Fogdall
5424 University Avenue
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Phone: 319-277-7390

KANSAS

Axle & Wheel
126 N Washington St.
Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: 316-263-0213

MICHIGAN

Grapewood Frame and Axle Inc.
1800 Wyoming Ave SW
Wyoming, MI 49519
Phone: 616-534-4917 Ė Contact Bill

MONTANA

Jim & Tracy Alignment
2203 1st South Ave
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 888-525-2866

OHIO
Airstream, Inc
419 Pike St.
Jackson Center, OH 45334
Phone: 937-596-6111

OREGON

Kaiser Brake & Alignment
265 Taylor St
Eugene, OR 97402
Phone: 541-344-5887

Hendersonís Line-Up
417 S. W. Henderson Lane
Grants Pass, OR 97527
Phone: 541-479-2882
800-245-8309 ext 1


PENNSYLVANIA

Gaumer Chassis Engineering
785 S. Main St
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Phone: 717-263-1882

TEXAS

North Dallas RV Inc.
2630 I-35 E North
Carrollton, TX 75006
Phone: 972-242-0404
Fax: 972-242-8330

WASHINGTON

Kimballís Alignment
10105 Pacific Ave South
Tacoma, WA 98444
Phone: 253-537-0330

CANADA

Can-Am Trailers
HWY 4, Box 370
Lambeth, Ontario
CAN N0L 1S0
Phone: 519-652-3284
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Old 04-07-2021, 07:07 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I talked to Thurston Spring Service in Richmond, but they said they could not straighten a bent spindle. The list of axle service providers from Airstream does not have anything near me in Virginia. Maybe Iíll just buy an extra tire from time to time.
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This is a list provided by Airstream.....
I wonder how up to date that list might be Airstream gave you.

Ace Fogdall was bought by Camping World I think sometime between 2011 and 2013.
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Old 04-07-2021, 01:02 PM   #7
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C & G in California is out of business for some time. I believe the owners retired. Great repair facility. They aligned the axles on my 2007.
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Majorairhead,

Thanks for the list, I wonder if Dexter has their own list of capable shops?

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I wonder how up to date that list might be Airstream gave you.

Ace Fogdall was bought by Camping World I think sometime between 2011 and 2013.
That list was emailed to me two days ago, from Airstream, Jackson Center, OH.
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This is interesting. I asked Airstream Corporate (Jackson Center) for a list two days ago (see below). This was their response. No list is available.. Big disconnect!! But you got a list??? I do not understand...

"Dave,
Unfortunately this would not be correct. We would recommend reaching out to the nearest Airstream Dealership and they would be able to advise who they would use in the local Area. Your nearest dealership is Windish in Lakewood. They can be reached at (303) 274-9009

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Apr 6, 2021, 3:08 PM EDT (from me)

I understand that Airstream keeps a list of service shops around the United States that are capable of doing axles alignment work on our trailers. If this is correct, would you please send me the list or the name/address of the shop nearest to Denver, CO. Thanks!"

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