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Old 06-03-2018, 12:08 PM   #29
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We use a Equilizer Hitch by the Airsafe is the key.You can use virtually any WD hitch that you choose except Propride or Hensley as they are not compatible with Airsafe.The Airsafe makes a big difference in how the trailer rides and the normal jerk back felt when going over bumps is not existent.
Would you be able to post a photo of your Equilizer/Airsafe setup?
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Old 06-03-2018, 03:11 PM   #30
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Hi, Recently switched from Curt (had an older one from a previously owned car hauler) to Blue Ox. Partly to avoid the collision of the lever tabs on the Curt with a storage hatch on our 26RB. We haul with a 6.7L TurboDiesel F250. The trailer is 1/3 the capacity of the truck, but we haul through significant mountains, snow / ice, mud & curves to the great places we love to go (and the interstates too) and love the control and power. Found that the properly rated Blue Ox was an amazing upgrade ! Easier to adjust, install and quieter. Most of all - amazing performance . Really happy with the decision.
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Old 06-03-2018, 06:03 PM   #31
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One of the things you might want to take into consideration is the age of your trailer. Front end separation can lead to other problems but be sure that you know what caused the front end separation and correct it. It might just be due to a tread separation or scraping the bars along the pavement when crossing a dip.

All of our rigs are susceptible to breakage if taken off road, over stretches of washboard or when driving through a deep dip. I have a 29' 1976 Airstream. I used the original hitch and bars for several years before I started doing the research. For the most part I could see little difference in a broad range of hitches. It took me several weeks to decide on the EZ Lift. It was as close to the original set up of any of the other brands without any of the creative add ons that do not seem to do anything more than the original hitch system. It also cost $200 on Amazon and that included the antisway and shipping. We have used it for the past six years of full timing and have towed the trailer for over 150,000 miles. So far the EZ Lift has performed to my satisfaction even in cross winds.

What I have not done is soften the suspension of my TV. It is a Ford E350 that is on a modified, aggressive 4X4 platform. Since my '76 has a 5" frame I am fairly sure that the A frame will not crack but I did develop a crack in my frame between the two axles. Not sure what caused the crack but before taking your Airstream on the road you might pull the belly pan back and look at the frame. Might save you some real heartache down the road.

Given that my TV suspension is built for extreme terrain and lifted I have not attempted to soften the ride. If you are driving a TV that has not been modified you might consider making the ride for the trailer a bit softer. Airing down the rear tires is not an option. The most common solution I have seen are the inflatable devices that are placed between the springs and the frame. They can be inflated or deflated depending on your needs but keep in mind that they do not increase the weight capacity of the TV.

There are other options like spring over shocks or progressive rear springs but that may take some more research. There are several really old guys in this forum who have specialized in restoring old Airstreams. Alumatic, toairishuman and others have a lot of experience in towing their many Airstreams. Might want to check other areas of the forum as well.

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Old 06-03-2018, 06:54 PM   #32
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On our third Classic airstream and have pulled them all 30 to 31 footers with half ton 4X4 pickups , 3/4 ton big block suburbans, 3/4 ton GM Duramaxes , and now 3/4 ton Ram cummins crew short bed 4X4 I have used Reese Dual cam sway controls, they worked fine , then bought our second airstream in 2000 a 2001 Classic 30A limited and decided to upgrade to a Hensley Arrow Absolutely the best hitch I have ever used . After 16 years of using that rig all over north america we were headed home to Idaho and were rear ended by an 18 wheeler . He smashed the right rear corner pretty good but the hensley had some damage but was repairable Sadly our Airstream of 15 years and a real member of the family was declared a total by the insurance company . After 40 years of towing travel trailers my choice in a truck tp pull an airstream that is above 6000 pounds dry weight is a 3/4 ton pickup because of the stronger chassis and more robust brakes and for me a diesel as we tow a lot in the mountanous west at high altitudes where a turbo diesel really shines and a hensley or pro pride hitch as the technology in the anti sway geometry has to be experienced and you will become a believer .
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Old 06-04-2018, 05:42 AM   #33
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Here's my setup and I'm extremely happy with it. I've used this Equalizer for over 12 years with zero issues. The addition of the Gen-Y has been a huge plus. Having towed our 28 foot AS several thousand miles, I can say, the Equalizer/Gen-Y combination works very well for me
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Old 06-04-2018, 08:14 AM   #34
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Whatever hitch you get make sure you get the right size WD shank for the truck's reciever hitch. I believe the gas F-250 will have the 2.5" Receiver hitch.
Make sure you get a WD shank to match that size, not a 2" with a 2-2.5" sleeve. That will bend pins and make all kinds of noise when towing.
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