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Old 08-30-2017, 07:39 AM   #1
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New Airstreamer looking for best Tow set-up

Having done lots of motor homing in the past, this will be our first Airstream. We are looking to buy a 2017 classic 30. My current TV is a 2015 Silverado High Country 5.3 L, crew cab, short box, 4x4, 3.42 rear with tow package. The dealer (says I have enough truck to tow) recommends the equalizer hitch, which they will install. I have talked with CanAmRv and they have a assured me I have plenty of truck to tow this trailer. They recommended the EAZ-lift hitch along with welding some 2" steel to fortify my existing class 3 hitch in order to pass more load to the front TV axle (They are 550 miles from me). I anticipate we will put 6-10,000 miles per year on the AS.

I have read numerous threads here and have come to realize I need to put my situation out to you, the Airstream experts. Thanks in advance for your comments and recommendations.
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Old 08-30-2017, 07:48 AM   #2
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If you have talked to the people at Can-Am RV, then you have talked to the experts; everyone else on this site is just someone with an opinion. You'll hear everyone from a person that tows a 34' triple axle with a Honda Odyssey to a 3/4 ton turbo diesel towing a 16' Bambi.

A tow vehicle is an intensely personal decision, weighing in factors like what terrain you're going to be towing in, the generation of Airstream (newer models are not as light as older models), to your personal safety pucker factor.

IMHO I would go with the truck you have with the beefing up at Can-Am as it will be a good daily driver and see how it goes. If you do some mountainous stuff or find that she is huffing and puffing up the hills you can decide to change, to maybe a 6.2L with a max tow package (if you can get that in a half ton).

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Old 08-30-2017, 09:52 AM   #3
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If you don't mind the drive to Can Am, head over and get it done right. It's certainly cheaper than buying a new truck. I'm guessing you have the 1500, but that may not be correct. If you have the 2500 there's really not much to talk about. Nobody here will seriously recommend a 3500 for just a 30'.

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Old 08-30-2017, 10:21 AM   #4
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See how the truck works for you. It will pull the trailer. The Eaze-lift is easy to use, that's what I have.
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:39 PM   #5
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Yes it's a Silverado 1500, sorry I left that out. Thanks for the replies so far.
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Old 08-30-2017, 01:18 PM   #6
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we have a 2016 22Fb and tow with an audi q5 sport. no issues we took it to CANAM, they fixed and re aligned our hitch with WD and sway bars. Andy came out and gave us a drive around showing how best to pull, backup and avoid dangers on the road and how much we could "through" the wheel without issues. he also stated we could easily pull a AS27 even though my car was a 5000lb and 500 lb tongue limit. he said the as27 was around 6500 lbs pull- no issue and 900 lb tongue he said they could re-enforce under the car and we could easily then pull it pull weight is not the issue, tongue weight is- according to Andy
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Old 08-30-2017, 02:14 PM   #7
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Another vote for keeping what you have and having CanAm reinforce the existing hitch. We also tow with a vehicle set up by CanAm RV.
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Old 08-31-2017, 09:13 AM   #8
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I agree with all that has been said, but...
I have had the EazLift and Equal-i-zer Original 4-point Sway Control hitch and I prefer the Equal-i-zer.
I would have a ProPride if I had $2,300...
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If you don't mind the drive to Can Am, head over and get it done right. It's certainly cheaper than buying a new truck. I'm guessing you have the 1500, but that may not be correct. If you have the 2500 there's really not much to talk about. Nobody here will seriously recommend a 3500 for just a 30'.

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Hey uncle bob, look, a ProPride plug in under 10 posts and of course, I would recommend a 3500 for a Classic, to validate what I bought. I do agree it's personal.

Buy for what you need 95% of the time, add some safety and/or perspective margin for the other 1 - 5%, like go slower up hills, higher rpm's, etc (Latin for PPP) ;-)
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A ProPride plug in under 10 posts because I believe in the idea or concept, but don't own one. Project the pivot point forward. Make the trailer and truck move side to side independently of one another but still in a straight line. Prevent sway before it happens rather than react to sway after it has begun seems like a perfectly good idea to me.
I may never have a ProPride, but will always like the idea. I like ProPride vs. Hensley because no holes have to be drilled to install a ProPride and it has no orange paint. Just saying. I think it is the best hitch idea, but I do take slight issue with the $2,300 part.
I recommended Equal-i-zer over EazLift due to personal experience owning both.
I still tow a Classic 30 with a 1/2 ton pickup and an Equal-i-zer Original 4-point Sway Control hitch with 1,200# bars and quite possibly always will.
Just sharing my opinion and experience for what it's worth. Maybe it is valuable to some. Maybe it is useless to others. Maybe some will be influenced. Maybe some will agree, but take a different avenue. It's all good.
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As already stated here, CanAm are the best so do what they recommend. Personally, I really like my Hensley. Zero sway so far but only about 3,000 miles traveled, mostly interstate, so I am NOT an expert at all.
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As already stated here, CanAm are the best so do what they recommend. Personally, I really like my Hensley. Zero sway so far but only about 3,000 miles traveled, mostly interstate, so I am NOT an expert at all.
But you did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night...
You started off with the best hitch.
Nothing else to aspire too.
The no drilling holes is the main reason I prefer the ProPride.
1 though process:
I have a truck that was $42,000 MSRP and a trailer that was $96,000 MSRP when new.
The truck would be $46,000 and the trailer would be $141,000 in today's prices.
What's $2,300 to protect a $138,000-$186,000 investment?
I understand all of that and I agree with all of that, but...
I still ain't got $2,300.
I have gotten by 7 years with 1st an EazLift and then an Equal-i-zer.
Both are good hitches and perform a job very well.
Of the 2 Equal-i-zer is my choice for ease of use- less steps- less to do.
Hensley and ProPride eliminate the job that the Eazlift and Equal-i-zer do...
Hensley and ProPride prevent sway in the first place rather than controlling it after it happens.
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But you did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night...
You started off with the best hitch.
Nothing else to aspire too.
The no drilling holes is the main reason I prefer the ProPride.
1 though process:
I have a truck that was $42,000 MSRP and a trailer that was $96,000 MSRP when new.
The truck would be $46,000 and the trailer would be $141,000 in today's prices.
What's $2,300 to protect a $138,000-$186,000 investment?
I understand all of that and I agree with all of that, but...
I still ain't got $2,300.
I have gotten by 7 years with 1st an EazLift and then an Equal-i-zer.
Both are good hitches and perform a job very well.
Of the 2 Equal-i-zer is my choice for ease of use- less steps- less to do.
Hensley and ProPride eliminate the job that the Eazlift and Equal-i-zer do...
Hensley and ProPride prevent sway in the first place rather than controlling it after it happens.
I'll swap that Harley for a new ProPride installed and adjusted
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Nooo!
Maybe a ProPride and $7,000 to boot...
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