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Old 07-07-2016, 02:59 PM   #1
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I adjusted the hitch for my new truck. Just finished a drive to the scales and all felt good at 55-65.

Truck without Trailer

Front 5,100lb
Rear 3,100lb

Truck and Trailer

Front 4,950lb
Rear 3,900lb

Trailer 5,150lb (fresh water full, most camping gear w/o clothing or food)

The truck is unloaded in the back. I will be sliding my 350lb dog box and a thick rubber floor mat soon. These two items will be permanent, but I also will haul (in various combinations) a dirt bike (300ish), a chain saw, a generator, pair of kayaks (100lb), or a bed full of decoys and a layout boat (100lb). Am I wrong for thinking that adding payload will only help?



The springs bars don't have as much tension as I like, but when grabbing another link, I didn't like how it looked.

The trailer is sitting an 1/8 of a bubble nose high. I am running the trailer tires at max 80lbs. Honestly, I think the best thing to get the trailer dialed in perfect would be new axles with a bit more hieght. Thanks for any evaluation without judgement

You might be an Airstreamer if you pay more attention to hitching than you do getting hitched.
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Old 07-08-2016, 03:47 PM   #2
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Now loaded a bit more I was able to add one link to the spring bars and maintain level. I will see how she rides
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Old 07-12-2016, 08:52 AM   #3
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What kind of hitch system are you using?
What is the weight of the spring bars? Lighter bars ares better with your 3500 truck or perhaps using an air ride hitch.
I think your scale numbers look fine? How does it ride? I found this to be a good indicator if I am dialed in properly - sort of a seat of the pants and steering wheel feel.
Your trailer looks like a "low rider" - have you checked the axle condition?
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Old 07-12-2016, 09:38 AM   #4
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Thanks Crispyboy

Yeah she rides too low and does need new axle. They still have a bit of life in them, so I plan to replace this Spring or Winter.

I have a Husky hitch with one friction sway bar. I had too much tilt on the ball, so I dropped a two washers and was able to gain a better spring bar position. The bars are 500-800lb.

I took another drive, accidentally leaving the countertop full of stuff, to the scales. When I got back nothing had fallen on the floor.

I think I am good until I get new axles.
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Old 07-12-2016, 10:09 AM   #5
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Old 07-12-2016, 10:18 AM   #6
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That's a beautiful Airstream...hope mine looks that good in 45 years! I like your choice of trucks too...can't go wrong with Cummins. With those numbers you should be fine and with that truck you can't go wrong.
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Old 07-12-2016, 11:36 AM   #7
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Thanks Cabinetmaker. I have always been a Cummins fan. This is my second one.

This 4th gen is something else. We rolled off the Santiam Pass (4,817ft to 300) and hardly ever touched the service brakes. The Engine Brake and Trans working beautifully together.
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:16 PM   #8
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After stiff winds and freeway driving last weekend. I wanted more sway control. With my old truck, towing in overdrive wasn't a viable option so speeds above 60 were rare and reserved for the flatest roads and farest days.

With the new truck, a 60-65 speed is easily maintained. I know for sure the new engine and Trans can drive too fast for the trailer.

I bought, and had installed at my nearest Airstream dealer, a Husky Centerline.

The rig is sitting dead level now.

I towed home, about 60 miles, today. It was a two lane highway. I travelled about 55-65 the whole way. There was our usual 15-20 mile breeze coming off the coast at a cross wind. I liked how it towed.





I went over the scales on the way home. With full fresh water, but without my better half in the passenger seat, here are my numbers:

Front 4,900 lbs
Rear 4,250 lbs
Trailer 5,200 lbs
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Old 09-17-2016, 05:33 PM   #9
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Your trailer looks like a "low rider" - have you checked the axle condition?
I just got my new axles. I have readjusted the hits and here is how it sits. I will go to the scales tomomww.

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Looks pretty slick in the picture. Only a tape measure on the trailer frame can tell any difference. I think your hitched!
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