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Old 02-07-2014, 06:33 PM   #1
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Need advice on towing 1967 Tradewind

Will be towing 1967 Tradewind approx 700 miles. Seller assures it is road ready. We have 2002 GMC Yukon with tow package. Do we need a special hitch? Read a lot about sway control, etc. want to be safe. Thanks for your advice!
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:46 PM   #2
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Yes.
You will need a weight distributing hitch, anti-sway control, and electric brake controller.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:37 PM   #3
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Your Trade Wind dual axles will add stability. I agree with M Hony. Set it up properly before hitting the road. And inspect the tires! Plan on battles with the lights, turn signals, brakes. Get a 5 pin to 7 pin adaptor just in case. Your Yukon should handle this 4500 pound trailer just fine.

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Old 02-07-2014, 08:40 PM   #4
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I have a 66 Tradewind and tow it with a 2008 Tundra. You are very fortunate. The Tradewind is a great Airstream (ok, I am biased). With all due respect to m.hony and dbj216 I don't think that you need sway control, just a wd hitch and a brake controller. You might make a quick call to Andy at CanAm. I would do whatever he recommends.

Will you be going to Alumalina in March? It would be a great opportunity to see a bunch of Airstreams and meet some fine folks.

Good luck towing.

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Old 02-08-2014, 07:17 AM   #5
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Thank you!

Appreciate all the advice! There is an airstream rally in GA in April that we will try to attend.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:59 AM   #6
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You won't need a sway control system until you NEED a sway control system and then it is TOO LATE to buy one.
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I've seen single axle camper sway so bad it was literally up on one wheel and then the other. I thought sure it was going over. Years ago my father in low lost his Holiday Rambler to sway. Downhill curves in the wind makes my knuckles white! I ran over a truck tire tread once and my 86 wiggled pretty good. Sway is the nemesis of conventional towing. Speed exasperates sway potential. Protect your self the best you can.

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Old 02-09-2014, 07:40 AM   #8
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Sway control

Definitely going with sway control. Friction style bar. Do we need one or two with 24' trailer? Thanks!
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:53 AM   #9
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Definitely going with sway control. Friction style bar. Do we need one or two with 24' trailer? Thanks!
Just get a Reese "High Performance" Dual Cam sway control hitch. It has the load leveling bars & sway control built into one. This design has been around for many years & works very well. The amount of tension in the sway control is determined by the tension in the bars. Google it, you'll learn a lot.
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The hitch you pick will dictate the sway bars. I've seen a lot of them with just one sway bar. Your Trade Wind is a short 24 foot with dual axles. I think you will find it tows wonderfully with just one friction type sway bar.

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One sway bar should be enough.

However, for another $75 or so, I would add the other sway bar just for the heck of it. The second bar will provide twice the control at a very modest cost. If you ever get a longer trailer, the second will become necessary anyway.
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:08 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the help!
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:01 AM   #13
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brad and Sheree,

Just to stir up the pot a bit...

Im a hook it up and go guy,being you have a sizable tow rig.

Thorough ck on the rig, lights and brakes!!

Do all the long term stuff after I get home and get the rig parked.

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