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Old 08-24-2008, 02:53 PM   #15
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Well, we made it. I have no earthly idea how we did it, but we managed it....Here's a picture of the rig on its maiden voyage at the Hotter-n-Hell Hundred. Next stop: Deception Pass and 2 days with Body-Boat-Blade...
hi y' and

THANKS for the pic, looks like a great set up!

and the good story about getting it all done.

i wanna see some HnH action shots and how about the body-blade?

looks like u are already enjoying the adventure...

which is exactly WHY we do this 'stream stuff!

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Old 08-24-2008, 04:00 PM   #16
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Nice looking set up! You have it all! Post some interior pics of the Airstream when you get a chance.
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Old 08-24-2008, 04:11 PM   #17
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Nice looking rig. Hard to go wrong with modern 3/4 ton or ton trucks. I currently pull with a dually and Hensley, but my rig pulled fine with a 3/4 ton and Hensley.
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Old 08-24-2008, 05:13 PM   #18
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Congrats!!

Looks like a great combination. We currently tow a 2004 30' SO with the Chevy 3500 Duramax single rear wheel and have had great results. We also carry two kayaks on top. Our 3500 rides well and the heavy duty brakes have worked exceptionally well traveling through the mountains. We normally get 20 mpg empty and about 14-15 mpg towing if we are in the flatlands. MPGs drop a little in the mountains.

Not sure what the useful load is on a new 30' slide is but the earlier models were quite low. We carry a lot of our supplies in the bed of the PU to stay within the proper weight limits for the trailer tires and axels.

I would definitely recommend a tire monitoring system, especially if you plan to travel a lot. There seems to be a lot of tread separation problems with the Marathon tires used on the heavier Airstreams. And always level your trailer in both directions and have the stabilizers down when moving the slide.

Hope to see you on the road.

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Old 08-24-2008, 05:31 PM   #19
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Great looking rig. I'm sure you're the envy of everyone who sees you on the road.

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Old 08-26-2008, 08:14 AM   #20
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Here's a picture from the ride start Saturday morning, and a picture of my sister on the ride. We did pretty well (for us) finishing the 100 miles in about 6 hours and averaging a little over 19MPH rolling.




After the HNH, Lorinda (the girl in the picture of the truck and trailer) headed up to WA while we headed back to Dallas (I had to work yesterday and today). I'm flying up to Seattle in the morning to meet her and then head out for a good long vacation.

Yesterday I received this picture from her mobile phone. I guess she and the Airstream are making pretty good time. I probably shouldn't have left her with that case of Red Bull, though...

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Old 09-01-2008, 04:38 PM   #21
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I like it to good lookin rig.
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Old 09-01-2008, 06:15 PM   #22
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Welcome to the forums, Congrats on the new outfit it looks great. I would however put a governor on that truck.She evidently has no regard for others or herself towin at that speed. I kinda figure she has NO experience at towing what so ever and doesn't have a clue of what it takes to stop that rig in case of a malfunction or someone else's malfunction.
However that being said THE BEST TO YOU on your new adventure.
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Mike I was thinking about that picture her trying to point and focus.then the road turns. very very dangerous worse than texting??
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Also, he said the Propride hitch is well built, but doesn't think the instructions are spot on. I didn't install it with him, so I can't offer any details on the following, but his basic impression was that building the unit from one end to the other as the instructions say is ill-advised. Due to the weight of the components, it "sags" and makes connections difficult -- because of this, he stripped 2 bolts which had to be replaced. Instead, he said he ended up building it from either end and tightening everything at the finish. Just his comments after 5-6 hours working on the thing.
Hey Doc, glad to hear your all set up and enjoying the journey.

When you get a chance please have your brother call me. This is the first I've heard about it but the instructions are a work in progress and are updated as new users make comments and suggestions.
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Old 09-12-2008, 04:54 PM   #25
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Well this trip is over and the trailer made it back. We had an excellent time kayaking and cycling.

Lorinda on the High Pass Challenge with Mt. Ranier in the background:


Mountain biking in Anacortes


Paddling in the San Juans:


Thanks again to everyone for the helpful advice both in this thread, and elsewhere on the forum.

Sean -- thanks for sending the hitch so quickly. We were in a bit of a bind for time. I'll have my brother call you about the instructions.

Mike -- I appreciate your concern, but characterizing Lorinda as having "no regard for herself or others" is a bit harsh when you don't know anything about her. She would not be driving that speed with any other vehicles around her, and I see no reason to drive less than the legal speed limit on a well-maintained open road in good weather with no one in sight. She drove all 5200 miles of this trip solo without incident except calling it early once to avoid thunderstorms. She has a commercial license, used to drive a bus full of seniors for the senior center, and hasn't had an accident in over 10 years. And she has an iPhone.
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hi y'

awesome pix,

looks like a fantastic trip.

some of my favorite places on the planet.

here's to being on the road again soon, at any speed.

and i enjoyed the dash cam pic,

so here's speedo shot (towing a 34) from another swift traveler.

sometimes ya gotta go with the flow...

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The Airstream manual also states the trailers were designed to be drivin at a max of a 65 MPH.
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The Airstream manual also states the trailers were designed to be drivin at a max of a 65 MPH.
my airstream manual says the trailer is designed to go safely as fast as the tow vehicle. the tires though are rated for 65 mph.
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