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Old 12-31-2017, 01:51 PM   #1
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Ever want to tow just for the sake of towing?

This weekend my '69 Overlander got a new breakaway switch and battery. I decided to give it its own battery because I still haven't installed a trailer battery, and even once I do, I don't mind redundancy in safety gear. And the whole kit was only $20 more than the breakaway switch.

Then today I installed a new Prodigy P3 break controller in my 4Runner. First one I've owned, since I've never towed anything bigger than a single axle utility trailer (other than the three times I've had to move the Airstream short distances, which I did exceedingly carefully).

I haven't found the WD hitch I want yet, but I'm excited enough about the new gear that I just want to go tow the thing for the heck of it.

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Old 12-31-2017, 02:25 PM   #2
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Glad I'm not the only one!

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Old 12-31-2017, 03:26 PM   #3
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One of our shake down trips was a run up I5 and back. We wanted to know if we could travel 400 miles in a day and to learn what it was like if we did. So, 200 miles up and 200 miles back. That's kind of like towing to tow. Pat
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Old 12-31-2017, 03:42 PM   #4
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It’s a sickness! I was just telling my wife the other day I was looking forward to seeing the camper in the mirror.
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Old 12-31-2017, 04:02 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by KCCO View Post
It’s a sickness! I was just telling my wife the other day I was looking forward to seeing the camper in the mirror.

I have not towed mine since April since It is off the road for new axles, other work and am installing disc brakes. I too miss seeing it in the rear view mirror as that means we are going someplace, camping and having fun.

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Old 01-01-2018, 01:45 AM   #6
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I can relate!

As we were leaving for the in-law’s last week, I commented to my wife that I would much rather be seeing the Avion in the rear view mirrors!
“What’s good for me may not be good for the weak minded.”

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Old 01-01-2018, 07:18 AM   #7
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Fore sure!

When we had the Can AM set up Infinity G35/23' Airstream combo I was always looking for excuses to hook up and take it for a test ride. What a great handling rig it was.
Airstreams..... The best towing trailers on the planet!
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Old 01-01-2018, 09:11 AM   #8
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I took a trip back to the dealer (120miles) for the AS's 90 day inspection. I forgot what a pleasure it is to tow on a nice road.
Since I wasn't in a hurry or have somewhere to be, I got into the "zone" where I'm mellow and nothing bothers me. I cruised at 64 mph and made the trip.
It made me want to GO somewhere and not come home for a while.

I look at all the other RVers on the road, from mega motorhomes to fifth wheels and smaller trailers. Towing the AS HAS to be the easiest to drive long distances. Before downsizing from a 40' MH, I enjoyed all the amenities and comfort, but the sheer size made driving more stressful.
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Old 01-01-2018, 09:21 AM   #9
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Ah, NO!

We love the camping, love life in the trailer, love seeing new places. I love being able to take our puppies with us where ever we go. Towing is the price we pay for all that, and the part I HATE!

I hate the traffic, the terrible state of the roads, and the other drivers who almost killed us several times last summer with their dangerous maneuvers.

So, no, we don't ever tow just for the "fun" of it.
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:25 AM   #10
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Going to an Oregon AS Club Rally in Hood River, OR, last summer, I was forced by a U-Haul truck & trailer driving in the opposite direction on the White Salmon/Hood River Bridge, across the Columbia River (posted width of 18 ft), to hug the right-hand guard rail, putting a 28 ft crease in the right-hand side of our AS. OUCH!!! When we got back home, I took the AS to ASNorthwest to get an insurance quote (>$16K) and repair the damage. I finally got the AS back last Saturday (BTW, they did a remarkable repair job --- you wouldn't believe the AS was ever damaged). (Note: it didn't take 4 months to repair the damage --- it took 4 months for AS/Jackson Center to provide under warranty a replacement kitchen countertop whose formica had delaminated from its underlayment.)

I drove the AS back home, around an hour, and parked it in its barn (great ride --- as if the AS just was not there). We've signed up to go to the WBCCI NW Chapter Rally in May and the WBCCI National Rally in June.

I'ze countin' the days 'til then.
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Old 01-01-2018, 06:14 PM   #11
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Since you are still looking for a hitch, I would recommend a Hensley or ProPride. There are good used values on Ebay or Craig's List. and Hensley's site. You can get a life time warranty on Hensley. I'm not sure about ProPride. I've had a complete replacement gratis from Hensley due to bearing failure. The safety of the trapezoid design can't be beat, not if you want to protect your investment.
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Old 01-01-2018, 06:29 PM   #12
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ProPride has a similar warranty, and IMHO the ‘improved’ Hensley design of the ProPride is a great improvement. Seems a lot sturdier, does NOT require drilling holes for shear bolts in the A-frame, and is a bit less expensive. In my opinion, the adjustable stinger is perfect for me, because I just went to a taller Tacoma 4x4 and it’s just get out the wrenches to adjust it. Ditto when I change out tires and wheels and add blocks to get more ground clearance.
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Old 01-01-2018, 07:16 PM   #13
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I love being on the road with my Jeep and Airstream. Barely know its behind me till I look in the rear camera of the Airstream and see the Jeep lights blinking as I change lanes.

Been cross country with it twice and hope to take it to Alaska next summer.
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:48 PM   #14
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I try to exercise our 25f at least once a month, until summer for the long run. It’s fun to just take her out to day camp for lunch or dinner...

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