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Old 11-28-2011, 06:04 PM   #1
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New Airstreamers, our first pull (a long one)

Just completed a long distance purchase of our first Airstream, 25' Classic.
We will be towing it over 700 miles to get it home and would really appreciate any advice etc to make sure that the trip is safe and trouble free. Our tow vehicle is a 2011 F150 Ford Eco Boost crewcab, equipped with the Max Trailer Towing Pkg. If we could get some ideas and or possibly a list of things that we should be aware of, we might feel a little more at ease. Thanks so much in advance, this is a dream come true, and we will finally become a member of a very special group of people.

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Old 11-28-2011, 06:31 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, and congradulations on your Airstream.

As far as advise, I would suggest you read a lot in the hitch forum, and make sure you understand how to set up your hitch. When you pickup the trailer, make sure all electrical is working correctly, especially the brakes. Make certain all tires are inflated properly, and take it easy at first to get the feel for it.

Your truck should be excellent for towing the Airstream, but make sure the road conditions are good. It's much better to sit and wait for good conditions, IMHO than to try to pull a trailer, especially new to the scene, on icy or wet roads.

Good luck and I know you will enjoy it.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:36 PM   #3
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Have a good look at trailer tires (age), hubs and brakes. I found on our first trips that towing was more relaxing than trying to make time -- don't try to bite off too much in a day. Have fun!
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If possible spend one or two nights near where you pick up your stream in case you have questions/problems you can easily go back.

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Old 11-28-2011, 06:37 PM   #5
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Welcome! Check all the things Steve said, and allow plenty of time and following distance on your trip home! We drove 500 miles to pick up our Elouise, and thoroughly enjoyed our trip home, particularly having a great place to nap when we got tired of driving!
Looking forward to seeing some pictures of your new "baby"!

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Rod,
Congratulations on your new Airstream. You may want to get a head start on learning about your unit by downloading the owners manual. Also, get a copy of the "Newbies Guide to Airstreaming". It is available through Airstream Life or on Amazon.
You might want to stay close to the dealership for a day or two. Something is bound to need fixing and you will have some questions.
Take your time and have fun!
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:59 PM   #7
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Congratulations on your new Airstream.

The two things that are probably the most important for safe and comfortable tow are a quality weight distributing/sway control hitch system and a quality trailer brake controller. There is quite a bit of information on both of these components here on the Forums.

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Just completed a long distance purchase of our first Airstream, 25' Classic.
We will be towing it over 700 miles to get it home and would really appreciate any advice etc to make sure that the trip is safe and trouble free. Our tow vehicle is a 2011 F150 Ford Eco Boost crewcab, equipped with the Max Trailer Towing Pkg. If we could get some ideas and or possibly a list of things that we should be aware of, we might feel a little more at ease. Thanks so much in advance, this is a dream come true, and we will finally become a member of a very special group of people.

Rod & Jane
You should be fine
My wife and I just purchased an 28 International serenity last Friday and did a quick 200 mile trip to NC
The unit pulls extremely easy
Good luck
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:24 PM   #9
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Great choice!!!! The 25 Classic is a sooper choice.

All the advice given so far is right on.

One thing I would add, the Classic a little overweight, our unhitched unloaded,(not quite dry, clothes equipment etc) tongue weight is just under 900lbs.
I will double down on the necessity to make sure your hitched properly, WD set, with the TV,(truck) and trailer LEVEL.
A visit to the CAT scales (truck service plaza), would be a good idea. You could stop on the way down and weigh the TV alone.

On the trip home weigh the rig together.
First with no WD adjustment, Compare steering axle weight with what it weighed with no trailer.
Second with 50% WD
Third 100%
Your goal is to replace as much of the weight back to the steering axle while keeping the truck & trailer level.

Take your time and enjoy the adventure.

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Old 11-29-2011, 02:17 PM   #10
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Rod,
Congratulations on your new Airstream. You may want to get a head start on learning about your unit by downloading the owners manual. Also, get a copy of the "Newbies Guide to Airstreaming". It is available through Airstream Life or on Amazon.
You might want to stay close to the dealership for a day or two. Something is bound to need fixing and you will have some questions.
Take your time and have fun!
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Thanks John, where would a person download the owner's manual? I am purchasing the Airstream from an individual and plan on spending time with him, but will probably be asking a lot of questions here.
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:22 PM   #11
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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 11-29-2011, 02:58 PM   #12
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Thanks John, where would a person download the owner's manual? ...
Rod
I didn't see which year the Classic was. Owners manuals back to 05 can be downloaded here.

http://www.airstream.com/service/manuals/
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?..Are there any tools, equipment etc. that I should care with me, something that I might not think of, but could need?
Thanks,
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For starters a 4-way or a socket and breaker bar that will fit the lug nuts. On some alloy wheels the lugs are recessed and it takes a 6-point thin wall socket to reach them. If you do have a flat the easiest way to change tires is to loosen the lugs a bit then drive the good tire on that side up some blocks. A lot of us carry a set or 2 of those big lego type leveling blocks (any RV store or Walmart) or several wooden blocks. I prefer to use a torque wrench to secure the lug nuts and check them with the torque wrench at my next stop.

What type/brand hitch? I would carry whatever tools are needed to adjust the hitch if necessary after you weigh it. Most scales will give you a reweigh for a buck or two if you have to make some adjustments.

Tow mirrors.

Assume you are planning 2 days on the road to get home. Has it already been winterized?
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Long pull

To follow up with the above......Regardless of who put the tires on, check your manual for the proper torque of the lug nuts, and check them periodically when you are stopped.....This will make for a relaxed trip.....
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