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Old 09-10-2017, 11:55 AM   #1
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Shock absorber installation

Greetings.... new to the forum

I want and need to install new shock absorbers on my 1992 29' Excella. I am unable to remove the top shock mount off the axle studs due to minute frame clearance. Do I need to drop the axles to install the 4 new shocks on the top mounts?

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Never done it but maybe this video will help...

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Old 09-10-2017, 12:44 PM   #3
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A lot of people say the shocks are not necessary? What do you think?
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You ever drive a car with bad shocks? I wouldn't want my trailer bouncing around like that. Tire wear can get funky, too.
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You ever drive a car with bad shocks? I wouldn't want my trailer bouncing around like that. Tire wear can get funky, too.
Neither of my trailers appear to "bounce around" and I have not had any unusual tire wear or damage except from a bent spindle. I have ridden in trailers with old shocks without harshness. Respectfully, Is your comment based on personal experience or hearsay. I am still waiting to find someone who has had any kind of damage from old shocks. Dexter axles, which are used on Airstreams are not sold with shock absorber mounts unless you ask for them. On the other hand Airstream, I trust, puts them there for a reason.

I wonder the same thing and don't have the answer.
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Neither of my trailers appear to "bounce around" and I have not had any unusual tire wear except or damage except from a bent spindle. Respectfully, Is your comment based on personal experience or hearsay. I am still waiting to find someone who has had any kind of damage from old shocks.



I wonder the same thing and don't have the answer.

Thanks for asking, and I appreciate the question.

I've seen the odd tire wear first hand (weird cupping) on my own cars and trucks when I didn't have money to replace worn shocks, and have had utility trailers slowly bouncing behind me. Part of the reason for a damper is to keep the tire in contact with the ground, too. This helps with safe braking, cornering, etc. It also ~seems~ that it would help with dampening sway [that's opinion/question].

When I was a teenager, we thought it would be fun to take them off of a car and see what happens. The car kept bouncing and was nearly impossible to control. That lesson probably biases my opinion.

It might not be as big of a deal on the Dexter design or with the low center of gravity of the AS, but given the choice, I'd prefer to have them. Especially if the trailer came with them. I'm interested in hearing from other Airstreamers who may have had this experience, too. Thanks again for asking.

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PS I'm not saying shocks are necessary on other vehicles.
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Shock install

One way is to take a large pry bar and pry out the top shock mount enough to replace the top shock. Maybe 1 to 2 inches. After you get it back on and tighten the nut, take a 4X4' place on the shock mount and pund back into place leaving space between the bolt and frame.
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Thank you for the info. It appears I need to purchase a large pry bar enough to persuade the top mount to move ever so slightly.

Appreciate it
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Bad shocks can cause tire cupping. I just had them replaced on my 63 Globetrotter. Took it in to the shop to have the axle alignment checked because of tire cupping and found a blown shock , alignment and bearings were fine. Big pry bar to bend the bracket so the shock could be installed ,no need to drop the axle. In and out in 30 minutes. I confirmed this as the way to do it after talking to Andy from Inland RV. Also got the shocks from them-California to Illinois in three days ;excellent service.
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