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Old 11-16-2016, 05:38 PM   #1
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Shocks on 2012 Eddie Bauer 25'

My mechanic is going thru my AS, just told me shocks are toast and I need to replace them. They are Gabriel 610816. I would like to put a better quality shock on, preferably bilstein.
Has anyone else done this, any thoughts?!? Thanks in advance...


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Old 11-17-2016, 08:29 AM   #2
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Shock absorber design can be pretty specific. Torsion axle AS trailers are one of those places. Personally, I'd doubt shocks 4/5 years old have failed unless can be shown seals blown and fluid leakage. See other threads on this site. Andy at Inland RV for info search words, and purchases


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Old 11-17-2016, 10:57 AM   #3
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I wonder how he mechanic determined the shocks were toast? Road test, leaking, did he pull them? Have things been thrown around in your Airstream going down the road?

We have a 2012 FC 25 with Michelin 16" tires and had the running gear inspected, bearing runout and brakes checked, tires rotated last spring at Jackson Center. I talked to the mechanic, he said all is in excellent condition. Never mentioned shocks specifically as I recall.
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Old 11-17-2016, 12:11 PM   #4
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Those shocks are mounted more or less horizontal. (Different than vertical mounting) Because of that the oil & valves in a horizontal mounted shock is in a different position. Mounting a vertical shock in a horizontal position doesn't work.

Because of limited application only Airstream supplies the correct shock.

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Old 11-17-2016, 07:15 PM   #5
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The seals are blown, somfar I haven't been able to find anything available except the Gabriel's which, according to AS is a specific shock made exclusively for them...


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Old 11-18-2016, 09:13 AM   #6
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By report, the AS-specific shock absorbers are inexpensive.


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Old 11-18-2016, 11:18 AM   #7
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They're available from any AS dealer, and online at Outdoors Mart and Inland RV.

Not very expensive at all. And you're right, Gabriel custom makes them for AS.
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Old 11-18-2016, 01:01 PM   #8
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Sparkymark,

I just received 4ea AS shocks for my 1986 Sovereign 25' They are Gabriel brand purchase from Inland RV, there p/n 12416, they are currently on sale 25% off at $30.00 each. Great customer service and fast shipping.

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Old 12-17-2016, 04:36 PM   #9
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Update: so, all 4 were absolutely shot-if your mechanic doesn't remove the shocks to test them-then they didn't test them. I found a similar replacement made by Bilstien and they all have been replaced and work perfectly!!!


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I too have a 25' Eddie Bauer. Just wondering how many miles do you think you have on your trailer before you replaced your shocks?


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Old 12-18-2016, 10:49 AM   #11
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I purchased it as 'previously owned' in 2013, have no idea of mileage before I picked it up...I purchased it in Arkansas, probably around 5-6,000 over the last 3 years. Not a lot of miles.


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Old 12-18-2016, 05:48 PM   #12
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Hmmm! I failed to mention mine is a 2012 as well. I probably have about 7 or 8 thousand on mine. I guess I better go get mine checked. Thanks for the reply.


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Wow we have a 2009 25FB Classic with over 30,000 miles no problems with shocks.
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Update: so, all 4 were absolutely shot-if your mechanic doesn't remove the shocks to test them-then they didn't test them. I found a similar replacement made by Bilstien and they all have been replaced and work perfectly!!!


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Do you happen to have the Bilstien part number of the shock you used?
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Do you happen to have the Bilstien part number of the shock you used?
2 1/2 year old thread. Not sure you will get an answer.
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If it were me, I would reach out to Bilstien and ask them if any of their shocks would work mounted in a horizontal position.


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