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Old 07-08-2017, 10:24 AM   #1
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1996 Excella 25'

I have a 1996 Excella with I am sure original shocks. Would it be a good idea to replace them for good preventative maintenance???? Also is there a good place to purchase the new shocks without having to give an arm and leg for them?

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Old 07-08-2017, 02:19 PM   #2
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I would look at the axles to make sure they are still functioning as they should, if they are anything like mine then shocks would be of little good.
It's probably more than most of us want to have to think about but they have a lifespan of 20-25 years from what if read, many trailers still on the road with far older units but I guess ignorance is bliss.
My wheels drop about 1 inch when trailer is lifted and a drop angle of about 0*, no where near the 22* drop they should have or did have when new.
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If the shocks are 20+ years old replacement would seem prudent. You can remove on end and cycle back and forth to observe the amount of resistance. And at 20 they have served well.

More or less horizontal Air Stream shocks are a dealer only item. Because of their mounting in a horizontal manner the internal valving is different than other types of shocks.

And because of the uniqueness and very low volume the after market has not entered into this market.

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