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Old 02-07-2024, 03:13 PM   #1
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Cut my bumper down a few inches?

I recently finished putting the bumper back together on my 2006 Safari after tearing it loose on a curb exiting parking lot. I have learned a good bit about going very slowly across dips and humps but this one was particularly deceptive. It seems that the ends of the bumper take the most abuse. I have been considering cutting a few inches off the ends of the bumper in hopes of moderating this issue. The blue tape in the photo indicates approximately where I'm thinking of making the cut. I am seeking comments on whether this might or might not be a good idea. Thanks.
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Old 02-07-2024, 04:45 PM   #2
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Hitting the bumper might get you to stop, before getting into doing body damage.

Might a lift help, have a bit more ground clearance?
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Old 02-07-2024, 04:45 PM   #3
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Just my opinion.... Not sure why a dip would get the ends of the bumper but I wouldn't look to cutting off the ends. You are better off tearing up bumpers than the body. Maybe focus on not cutting turns that close maybe?
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Old 02-07-2024, 06:18 PM   #4
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Add a lift kit and avoid dragging tail.
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Old 02-08-2024, 09:06 AM   #5
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I have seen rollers welded to the frame to protect the dragging of the rear end and causing damage. Good luck
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Old 02-08-2024, 09:41 AM   #6
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I would leave the bumper as is, and not add any kind of casters to the frame. These cause damage as well.

The bumper on your Airstream, like the bumpers on your tow vehicle, are there to take the brunt in some kind of collision...whether with pavement, a curb, or another vehicle. The bumper is replaceable much more easily than repairing body damage.

I actually lengthened the frame rails on my '61 to allow a bumper box for storage. I left the overall bumper unaltered.
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Old 02-08-2024, 10:07 AM   #7
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Agree; not recommended to install rollers as it can really damage your frame. I would surely look into a lift kit if your off roading a lot and need that clearance. I have dragged/bent my bumper one time while camping in the back country of Capital Reef, in Utah...took it to Jackson for other reasons, and they fixed it for free, but also said I was lucky I didn't do any damage to the frame. I have watched a video recently where Vinnie also commented on not putting wheels on your rear bumper as it can cause damage to the frame. Anyway, think the lift kit is the way to go if your dragging bumper. I would call Vinnie and ask about your fender issue if your interested in his input about cutting the fender also.
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Old 02-08-2024, 04:49 PM   #8
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Old 02-08-2024, 05:41 PM   #9
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Old 02-14-2024, 09:52 AM   #10
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Hitting the bumper might get you to stop, before getting into doing body damage.

Might a lift help, have a bit more ground clearance?
I have a somewhat similar problem with my flotation jacket. Iíve considered paring down some of the material to prevent getting tangled with any debris in the water in the event of capsizing.

Seriously though, having slightly bent the end of my bumper while backing in a few years ago, I understand your concern.
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Old 02-19-2024, 04:38 AM   #11
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2" lift

We have taken our 83 30' a lot of places that most would not. We used to scrape the bumper from time to time bending it a little here and there. I blocked the axles down using 2"x2"x0.25" square tube and run slightly larger 235/75R15 LT tires. This has made all the difference. Dragging the rear end only seldomly now.
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The bumper is really just there for aesthetics - it offers almost no protection to the trailer in a crash. Airstream aluminum bumpers weigh almost nothing - they bend and distort with the slightest pressure. Whether or not to trim one is a personal decision but that doesn't in any way change the protection offered by the bumper, which is nil.
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The bumper is really just there for aesthetics - it offers almost no protection to the trailer in a crash. Airstream aluminum bumpers weigh almost nothing - they bend and distort with the slightest pressure. Whether or not to trim one is a personal decision but that doesn't in any way change the protection offered by the bumper, which is nil.
?? Your Airstream has an Aluminum bumper?
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