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Old 11-03-2012, 01:50 AM   #1
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Can't even believe I'm asking this...

I know you can put a trailer hitch on the back of an Airstream, but I need to get a second (18' flatbed) trailer home and I'm wondering if anyone has attempted double-trailering with an Airstream in the middle. I know it's legal (outside of CA), but is it stupid?

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Old 11-03-2012, 02:46 AM   #2
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:18 AM   #3
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Others may chime in here, but it is not recommended to put a rear hitch on an airstream. It can cause rear separation issues, the body and frame separate from stress on the rear bumper. New 2012/2013 Airstreams, may be constructed differently. I would rather put the Airstream on the flatbed if at all possible.
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:21 AM   #4
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due to they type of framework the AS uses, the frame cannot support the use of a hitch without damage.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:00 AM   #5
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I would not do it. AS does not even recommend a seperate hitch to carry bikes attached to the rear bumber or frame for the reasons stated above.
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:40 PM   #6
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What size AS? If it's 16' or less, I'd put it on the trailer. Tying it down would be a challenge, but not impossible.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:40 PM   #7
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:56 PM   #8
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Stoopidity aside. The legality depends on the state. I have been told the statutes from the state of registration apply to the trailer in another state, but I would not want to explain that to Barney Fife. What the regs in NM say is the middle trailer has to have brakes and the whole parade has to be less than 50' long. Other states require the middle trailer to be a 5th wheel. But don't do it!
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Originally Posted by droodspen View Post
i know you can put a trailer hitch on the back of an airstream, but i need to get a second (18' flatbed) trailer home and i'm wondering if anyone has attempted double-trailering with an airstream in the middle. I know it's legal (outside of ca), but is it stupid?
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:38 AM   #10
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It's good that you asked. The answers are (and will be) the same. And don't be fooled by those other trailer brands where a hitch has been attached. Even where different, the couple of times I've asked the question the trailer manufacturer tends to run away from it in an e-mail answer. TT frames, any brand, aren't really meant to take the stress of being pulled and then pulling something else. The stresses in two different directions are not what they are designed, much less constructed for.

And those SOB trailers (Some Other Brand) tend to be disposable anyway. 5 or 10 years of use and they're off to the landfill. The owners don't really care as it would make little difference. An Airstream is good for at least twenty before some level of overhaul to then go another twenty. Keep that uppermost.


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