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Old 04-26-2013, 11:27 PM   #1
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Please enjoy your Airstream.

Hi, I say this because of the many posts and threads where you need to do this and you need to buy this and oh my gosh, you didn't do/buy what? So I will list a few things here about my set-up. This may shock some of you.

(1.) My trailer has never been waxed.

(2.) My Lincoln and Safari have never been on the scales.

(3.) My trailer still runs on Goodyear Marathons.

(4.) I'm extremely happy with my original hitch. [Equal-i-zer]

(5.) My drum brakes work fine.

(6.) I have towed in 13 Western States and 3 Western Provinces. [many miles]

(7.) I refuse to tow at 47.153624 miles per hour to save fuel.

(8.) I have towed in zero degree weather and over 100 degree weather.

(9.) I have towed in wind, rain, snow, and on ice with two wheel drive and no tire chains.

(10.) In over eight years of owning the same tow vehicle, the same trailer, and the same hitch, my trailer has only once, swayed violently out of control; It was parked in my driveway during a 5.0 Earthquake.

So without going overboard with scientific calculations, Etc. Etc. Etc.

"Please enjoy your Airstream."
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:36 PM   #2
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But Bob, surely you had problems with your bearings. You must have, especially if they are the never lube kind....LOL. You don't cary a spare set and tools to change on the road? Oh my!

Great post, my experiences are somewhat similar, other than 2 and never had the (....'s) in #3. And with 4, I did go to the Andersen. Oh, never been in an earthquake, item 10. And about 34 years of Airstreams, maybe 150 to 200K towing.
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:48 PM   #3
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Thanks, Bob, for this thread! Ditto points #2,3,4,5,7, &9!

Now quickly back to the Portal Page to see what I should be concerned with next!
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:55 PM   #4
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Here Here!!!!
My TV is 2WD; don't have a set of tire chains;
Use a Andersen Hitch now; just thought I'd see what all the buzz was about.
Crossed the scales once, just to see what the whole rig weighed.
Never have owned a spring bar type WD hitch.
Kick the tires a couple of times a day. Check the pressure if something doesn't sound right. Feel for hot bearings maybe once a day.
Check the hitch components at each stop. Check the brakes (drum by the way) with the slide bar on the controller and make sure the lights work.
Last 2 camping trips were in the dead of winter, one in the Front Range of Colorado, the other in Wyoming. Woke up to snow on the ground and zero degrees outside. Had to spent an extra night out, because they closed the roads due to snow and blizzard conditions.
Would I do it again?? YOU BET!!!
Isn't camping suppose to be an adventure?
We are 4 weeks away from a 4,000 mile trip to and thru Canada.
Can't wait!
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I would have thought you could have got that trailer swaying on any Sat. night?????

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Old 04-27-2013, 12:33 AM   #6
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I changed to 16" Michelin tires, a Propride hitch, Classic clearance lights, and a water pressure accumulator. Wash it regularly, inspect it quarterly, wax it and treat it for corrosion annually. Traveled from coast to coast, north to south twice, and lived in it 12 of the 18 months we have owned it with virtually no problems; tow with a 1/2 ton pickup.

We use it, take care of it, and enjoy it immensely. Just got home from the Southwest today.

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You go Roberto, you go! LOL
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Hi, I say this because of the many posts and threads where you need to do this and you need to buy this and oh my gosh, you didn't do/buy what? So I will list a few things here about my set-up. This may shock some of you.

(1.) My trailer has never been waxed.

(2.) My Lincoln and Safari have never been on the scales.

(3.) My trailer still runs on Goodyear Marathons.

(4.) I'm extremely happy with my original hitch. [Equal-i-zer]

(5.) My drum brakes work fine.

(6.) I have towed in 13 Western States and 3 Western Provinces. [many miles]

(7.) I refuse to tow at 47.153624 miles per hour to save fuel.

(8.) I have towed in zero degree weather and over 100 degree weather.

(9.) I have towed in wind, rain, snow, and on ice with two wheel drive and no tire chains.

(10.) In over eight years of owning the same tow vehicle, the same trailer, and the same hitch, my trailer has only once, swayed violently out of control; It was parked in my driveway during a 5.0 Earthquake.

So without going overboard with scientific calculations, Etc. Etc. Etc.

"Please enjoy your Airstream."
Great post, Robert. i've been in various forums over the years for cars, and now, of course, for Airstream. There are lots of people sharing stories and great tips, but most of us forget to summarize the great experiences.

If you have a house on wheels, stuff happens:when I consider: "What if my house was also on wheels?" I realize how relatively low maintenance the moho is!
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:31 AM   #9
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Robert,

Great post, just too cool for school.... See you at Jackson.
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Robert - for the years I have been on this forum you have always been the voice of reason. Thank you as always for the sanity checks!

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Wink Bob....wax on wax off.

We are all on the same road, some just further along than others.

Experience teaches better than any Forums and the lesson's learned are seldom forgotten.

Most of my science knowledge still resides in the seat of my pants.

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Old 04-27-2013, 06:40 AM   #12
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Here, here, Bob!

Every day you have to enjoy this beautiful home on wheels is a gift.

Do what you need to do but don't sweat nor obsess on the small stuff.


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Old 04-27-2013, 08:04 AM   #13
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Thank you for the voice of reason! We have used our Airstreams like you. Take them out and enjoy. We have used the same hitch as you on all three of the trailers without a moments problem. I think that people actually like to worry sometimes.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:06 AM   #14
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Way to go Bob!

We need more posts about fun stuff!

That is why we have these campers anyways!

Thanks for the reminder!
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