Originally Posted by AlbertF
Facts? Opinions? Experiences? I'd appreciate your input.
The question is "why" did Airstream waste millions of dollars on shocks, if they were not needed?
The answer is that they "ARE" needed.
Not one single "opinion" has any long term facts as to the results of "no shocks".
Shocks are "motion dampeners", period.
Therefore the shells vertical motion is restricted "with shocks" as opposed to unrestricted "without shocks".
The absence of a motion dampener, or a worn out dampener, "will" result in long term damages, very similiar to "out of balance" running gear.
Couple no shocks or worn out shocks with unbalanced running gear, will result in serious and very expensive damages, such as broken wires, broken copper tubing, broken copper lines in the AC, sheared rivets, frame failures, fatigue cracks in the shell, excessive wear on the entrance door striker pocket and bolt, excessive wear on the entrance door hinges, closet door hinge failures, internal failures with the furnace, stoves, ovens, microwaves, punching bulkheads through the ceilings, separating furniture from the walls, and many other crazy, otherwise unexplained failures or damages.
Accordingly, if someone feels what they saved by eliminating shocks will pay for some of the above mentioned damages, then they have no clue as to how fast as well as how expensive these things can and will become.
My over 40 years of direct experience repairing Airstream trailers, more than bears out the end negative result of running gear, which includes shocks, neglect.
We do many tens of thousands of dollars of repairs, "each month", that for most part, could have been avoided, by proper care and pm of the complete running gear system, which includes shocks.
There will be those that argue against shocks, and they are probably the ones who will sell the lack of proper cared Airstream, to some unsuspecting person on E-bay.
We have been in the courts many times, trying to help the person that bought an E-bay trailer, as well as many times from an individual direct, that purchased a "basket case". We have been 100 percent successful, in getting them at least some of their money back.
Buyer or newby beware. Start your inspection of a potential purchase of a used Airstream , by checking out the running gear, including balance and shocks. If they are anything except "first class" then we would suggest you pass on the deal.
There are "good" used Airstreams available, but unfortunately, many bad ones as well. If you have the resources to pay for all the repairs that may be necessary with a "basket case", then great. If not, keep on looking.
Henschens "no shocks needed" are intended for industrial or farm type equipment, not Airstream or Argosy trailers.