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Old 06-12-2015, 08:02 AM   #1
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First Time Towing Our "New" Trailer

Very soon we will be heading from our home in Georgia to Virginia to pick up our first Airstream, a '79 Tradewind. This will be our first time towing anything more than a U-Haul trailer. The trailer has been sitting for some time and I wanted to pick your collective brains to see what gear and/or emergency tools I should bring with just in case I have any problems during my long haul back to Georgia. Some have recommended I get a complete set of new tires. Others have said to bring something to secure the door just in case. I'm looking forward to the experience of towing a 25 foot trailer for the first time but don't want things to go wrong. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 06-12-2015, 08:41 AM   #2
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If the tires are old, definitely consider replacing them, if you'll be traveling at all you'll need to invest in tires anyway, might as well do it now.

Wheel Bearings - be prepared to repack the bearings, - bring grease, cotter pins, and tools (jack, stands, wrenches, pliers etc)

Brakes - best way is to replace the complete backing plates if necessary - I'd look in advance for a trailer shop or trailer supply place near where you'll be picking up the trailer in case you need to buy parts.

Wiring and lights - the plug on my '77 was wired differently than my truck - i think the standard changed some time in the late 70's. I had to replace the umbilical cord anyway and rewired it to match my truck. - your tow vehicle has a brake controller right?

Hitch - be prepared to spend some time setting up your hitch, most hitches have lots of adjustments for height, weight distribution and sway control. it's not as simple as hitching up a small utility trailer.

Good luck, hope everything goes well!

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Old 06-21-2015, 09:46 PM   #3
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If you, like me, are too lazy to do the wheel bearings before you take off, at least take an IR temperature gun to check the wheel temperatures after half an hour or so. And make sure to take a 12v test light and a voltmeter!
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Took '76 31' LY Sovereign on her maiden voyage this past weekend. Airstream didn't wire there trailers to normal standards. Beware! Red is yellow. Brown and green are flipped. Have fun with your new toy! This forum will help with everything.
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