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Old 11-30-2011, 04:29 AM   #15
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WD Hitch and Sway Cotrol

Our "new" Airstream is a 2004 25' Classic. The WD hitch that comes with it is an EAZ-Lift 1400. I have downloaded and printed out the owner's manual. From what I have read on the Forum, the 1400 lb bars might be a little overkill, although the tongue weight is listed at a hefty 870 lbs, EAZ recommends using the 1000 or 1400 bars. Trail Pac sway control also comes with the purchase. I will be rereading the posts that discuss properly setting up the hitch system, but would also appreciate any and all input about the EAZ hitch and Trail Pac sway control.
We will be studying the winterizing section, and the owner has performed it already, but told me that he wants to go thru the proceedure with us. The wheel bearings were inspected and repacked, brakes inspected and checked, all done just recently. I will do a search for a "check list" to use before we start down the road, but if anyone has seen one that would work for us, we would appreciate that also.
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:59 AM   #16
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Welcome to the forums!

Ditto on what everyone has said so far. However, I'll emphasize tires. Are the tires original (7-8 years old)? If so, they need replacing. If they are newer, make sure they are properly inflated.

Five years ago, I bought an Airstream about 600 miles away and took a new set of tires with me because the originals were 5 years old. I had them installed immediately before I left town. I didn't want any blowouts - which if you search the forums, you'll see a lot of people have had tire problems. Proper inflation and keeping your speed down to 65mph or less are very important to control heat in the tires. Excess heat often leads to blowouts. I switched from the original Goodyear D series to Maxxis E series, with no problems in the four years I had them (I have a different trailer now).
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:48 AM   #17
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Some simpler basics to add to the above.
1) lock the door, lock the door (if it blows open, it is bad)
2) Drive in short segments at first, maybe 30 minutes, then get out and stretch, let your fingers unwind...they will be tight. After two or three short stops you will be completely comfortable . The Airstream tows sooo well.
3) Start learning how to pick gas stations, look at them as you drive by and ask yourself if you could get in and more importantly, can you get back out? Learn what to look for as you drive by, make it a discussion.
4) Enjoy the ride!!!
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:55 AM   #18
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As stated already, check your cold tire pressure and torque the lug nuts before starting your trip. You said it has new tires. I would check the lug nut torque again after 25 to 30 miles of driving. I recently installed new tires. I installed the wheels myself and torqued them to spec. I re-torqued at 25 miles and all the lug nuts had movement. I rechecked the lug nuts again at 100 miles and had some lug nut movement. When traveling, I check lug nut torque and cold tire pressure every morning before hitting the road.

There are several posts on here about a door stop to make certain that the door can not blow open while traveling. I use a rubber door stop wedged through the assist handle at the entrance door. I never have been able to understand why the entrance door is installed so that it is able to blow open going down the road.

Good luck on your trip.
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:54 PM   #19
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Tires are new, the trailer comes with the hitch etc and I have been busy all day reading about the proper way to adjust the hitch, my head is spinning. There are several CAT scale facilities on my route, so I plan on taking your advive, to weigh on the way out, then weigh with trailer connected and adjust. The hitch setup is probably are biggest concern, but not our only one. Are there any tools, equipment etc. that I should care with me, something that I might not think of, but could need?
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:04 AM   #20
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Owners manual for your unit is at Airstream, Inc :: Manuals. Be sure to ask for the briefcase that came with the unit originally. This with save you from putting all the information together on the systems in the unit.
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:08 PM   #21
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Got the Airstream home

Just completed our 700 mile trip home with our "new" Airstream and very happy to report that everything went very well. The WD hitch setup was in the acceptable range and the trailer pulled very nice, but I plan on tweaking the setup before we pull it again. We pulled in some very heavy cross winds starting out, but the Airstream stayed right behind us, no scarey events. The new Eco Boost motor is more than capable, pulling the 25' Classic was absolutely no challenge for the long hills of Oklahoma and Missouri. I plan on giving a better report in the next few. Thanks to all for the encouragement and advice. We're in heaven.
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So glad it was a pleasurable experience. And it is amazing how quickly it becomes easy, right? The biggest problem is overconfidence. If hooked up to the right TV they just tow so well you can quickly forget to take that corner a little wider, or keep a little more distance between you and the vehicle in front. Enjoy the machine!

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I never have been able to understand why the entrance door is installed so that it is able to blow open going down the road.
I have always heard it is due to the placement of the windows. If the door opened the other way (the right way) it would block the window. At least that is what it would do on mine...
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:46 AM   #23
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Just completed our 700 mile trip home with our "new" Airstream and very happy to report that everything went very well. The WD hitch setup was in the acceptable range and the trailer pulled very nice, but I plan on tweaking the setup before we pull it again. We pulled in some very heavy cross winds starting out, but the Airstream stayed right behind us, no scarey events. The new Eco Boost motor is more than capable, pulling the 25' Classic was absolutely no challenge for the long hills of Oklahoma and Missouri. I plan on giving a better report in the next few. Thanks to all for the encouragement and advice. We're in heaven.
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BUT....where are the PHOTO's

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Old 12-14-2011, 02:08 PM   #24
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This is the picture we sent to our long distance friends to show off our new baby. They are all happy for us, we are happy for us, just don't get much better than this, can stop smiling.
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Looks Great...nice combo.

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The new baby looks great
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:25 AM   #27
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Valley Hitch

I have a question for the forum. I recently purchased a 2007 27' Classic. It has a gross weight of 9000 lbs and tongue weight of 900 lbs. I tow with a Ford super crew Eco-boost. I have an old Valley WD hitch that has as the only identifiers C-613 and 1 1/4" bars. I don't know if this hitch is right for my setup. Can Anyone shed some light on this?
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Have you gone to the scales for a "loaded" weight? I believe the GVW of your trailer is about 7600lbs.

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