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Old 10-16-2019, 07:36 PM   #1
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Hitch Suggestions for F350 Dually Pulling Bambi 16?

We're newbies to Airstream and bumper pulling, but not to RV'ing. We are fulltimers currently residing in an Arctic Fox 32 fiver, and we plan to keep her. That said, we've been looking at used (2006 to 2016 model year) Bambi/Sport 16 coaches, with a thought towards trying more nimble traveling down south this winter than the 32 foot fifth wheel allows.

We are hoping to hear from current or previous Bambi/Sport 16 owners in this community who have experience pulling with a large dually or otherwise heavy (7k+ lbs) TV, particularly regarding suggestions for weight distribution and sway control setups. Having towed only the 12k lbs 5ver, we have no experience with bumper pull sway control rigging, and are a little confused about a compatible sway control system brand and weight ratings to mate our dually with the 16 foot Airstream.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts or resources you might suggest!
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Old 10-16-2019, 07:45 PM   #2
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There is absolutely no need for a weight distribution or sway control hitch for the rig you mentioned. Generally speaking if your truck weighs more than your trailer then you don't need to worry.
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Old 10-16-2019, 07:49 PM   #3
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Hi

A F350 dually is way past what most people would use to tow a 16'. Unless you load the bed of the truck with concrete blocks, there is pretty much no way you would *need* WD. The rear axle simply isn't going to be overload by the tongue weight of the trailer.

Anti-sway is sort of the same thing. You have a lot of truck and very little trailer. The "need" part of this will be very small.

Net result, pick anything out there (including just a ball) and it's likely to work. If you want to be super sure, get something like an Equalizer and accept that it's overkill.

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Old 10-16-2019, 07:49 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum!

As a non-expert on towing, my lay opinion is that you would not need any additional weight distribution or sway control, with that rugged a tow vehicle. Does your 2002 F350 have its own OEM sway control? Probably not. If you don't have specific weigh-in data for each wheel [front/back] you might want to go to the CAT scales.

There may be issues with your TV shocks, tires and tire pressure, however, but this is generally above my pay grade. Your new trailer is so much lighter than the 5th wheel, that some adjustments might make sense.

FYI here are some "F-350 Dually" search results for possible posts/threads on AirForums.com, where this specific TV has been discussed:

https://www.google.com/search?q=F350...&bih=727&dpr=2

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Old 10-16-2019, 08:48 PM   #5
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Just throw the bambi in the truck bed with some ratchet straps over it and you're good to go

Sorry folks, I just couldn't help myself.
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Old 10-16-2019, 08:54 PM   #6
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Just throw the bambi in the truck bed with some ratchet straps over it and you're good to go

Sorry folks, I just couldn't help myself.




Not a terrible idea
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Old 10-16-2019, 09:27 PM   #7
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Thanks all for the quick, informative, and humorous responses! A special note of thanks to Peter who taught me a new trick about using Google to search for items on a specific web domain. I just read about a dozen different threads that addressed in some fashion my question and reaffirmed the responses in this thread.

I'm used to throwing a couple kayaks in the bed and securing with ratchet straps. I'm gonna source some longer straps for the Bambi.

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Old 10-17-2019, 04:40 AM   #8
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Welcome, RK. If you are using the desktop version of this site, the search function in the blue box above automatically adds "site:airforums.com" as a search term FYI. The other "Search" link in the blue menu bar is an older search function, although it does have one or two unique [and helpful IMO] features.

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Just throw the bambi in the truck bed with some ratchet straps over it and you're good to go.

With that much truck and that tiny an AS, I was gonna say just find yourself a good piece of rope, but MajorAirHead's idea is probably better.
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Old 10-17-2019, 08:31 AM   #10
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FWIW, with a truck that size, you might consider stepping up to a 23 in order to get dual axles. You'll still have a nimble rig, but the benefits of two axles (stability, ease of changing a tire, etc.).
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A friction sway bar is the most you need, is super cheap and easy to use. Anything more is a waste of time, money, and effort.


https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...urt/17200.html
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Old 10-17-2019, 09:04 AM   #12
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with that huge rig, WD is NOT needed.
i would still recommend sway control
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Old 10-17-2019, 10:44 AM   #13
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I'm curious as to how you would use the little Bambi on your southern forays? Would they be long camping trips? Have fun!
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Old 10-17-2019, 11:02 AM   #14
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Expand your search to include 19'ers. The difference in weight and towing characteristics will be small, but functionality, especially for full timing, will be significant - separate black and grey tanks, bigger dry bathroom, additional storage (kitchen drawers where the 16's refrig is, etc).

We think that there is just enough room for two in a 19.
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Hitch suggestions with Bambi 16

I pull a Bambi 16 Sport with a Sprinter van loaded with a ton+ of stove inventory and use a Husky WD hitch with sway control and have been glad I had it numerous times with high wind, gusting wind, in canyons, and in the open plains, across vast spans of US.

Unpredictable, high gusting wind is dangerous. I find the WD hitch with anti-sway can make the difference of keeping a rig on the road, despite how large your TV is. I also have a Freightliner M-60 and the same applicable using my larger TV. Many of us have crossed WY, SD, NK, MT with numerous semi-trailers on their sides more times than we want to remember.

The Sport is my boondocking hotel at Off-Grid shows. I prefer double axle trailers, however, my inventory requirements limit tow capacity, especially in high wind conditions.
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Ditto on posts suggesting sway control
Short wheel base trailers can get really antsy back there. My 23 Award was sheer terror without sway control and it had dual axles.
My friend pulled his '72 Tradewinds 25' AS without either behind his GMC Dually and found it OK
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:47 PM   #17
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Thought about towing a couple ‘16 Bambi behind the dually? Tow just one is overkill by 5 times! Thought about bigger like 19’ or 22’? Still over kill but bigger for you. My 16’ is a starter AS for me. Will upgrade to bigger to who knows how big.
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Old 10-17-2019, 03:26 PM   #18
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I would look for at least the 19' Bambi if you want a small trailer.
We had a 19 and found it too cramped and decided on keeping the older 25' it was supposed to replace. A 16' would not be considered under any circumstance if I was planning to tow with a 1 ton, too many better options.
By the way, we towed our 19' on the ball with no weight distribution behind a Tundra (1/2 ton).
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350 dual. 16 ft Banbi. You may shake and bounce the bambi to pieces. We pulled a 22 sport. Expedition with equalizer. Horrible bouncing. Really. Get a little bit larger with dual wheels. 19 or 20 If you want small. seriously. You can damage that bambi with that large truck!
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Old 10-17-2019, 06:11 PM   #20
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Or consider an Airsoft system to remove some of the stiffness and vibrations from the hitch setup.
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