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Old 03-12-2012, 08:40 PM   #1
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We just purchased a 67 Caravel. The trailer is in Wisconsin and we are in Oakland CA. Our plan is to go pick it up and tow it back to the west coast.
We have a Mitsubishi 4x4 long wheel base 5 speed Montero which we have used to pull a race car up and down the west coast with out any problems.
I have never towed an Airstream but it does not look very difficult.
Any suggestions from the forum? Should I invest in a Hensley hitch or similar?


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Old 03-12-2012, 09:10 PM   #2
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The vintage Airstreams are relatively light, and you should be OK to tow the Caravel back out west. You should use a quality weight distribution/sway control hitch system.


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Old 03-12-2012, 09:17 PM   #3
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yes for that distance you would want to have a stree free drive and pull knowing that to have anti sway. Those truckdrivers can be pretty ruthless when they pass (everybody knows that). So do try to secure that task. Good luck and don't be a stranger...and post pictures because we all love our pictures on here.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:23 PM   #4
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Hey Van,
Welcome. Let us know if you need help or a place to stay on the way back.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:42 PM   #5
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A Hensley is the most expensive, but most feature-full hitch... as you say, it's an investment in future years of happy towing. There are lots of good options that are less expensive as well... just depends on what your minimum goals are vs. what you want to spend... there is lots in-between.
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:20 PM   #6
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Pro-Pride hitch

The Pro-Pride is a great hitch similar to Hensley. We have had excellent towing with it. You can research that right here on the forums. Good luck with your AS. Safe and happy trails!

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