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Old 05-18-2009, 01:29 AM   #1
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towing '72 ambassador from seller's location

I recently purchased a 1972 international/ambassador 29'. I drive a 2001 tundra with factory tow package. I did not see any hookups for a sway control or WD system anywhere near tongue and seller does not have such a hitch insert with the trailer. So basically I am looking at a 2 & 5/16 ball, chains and emergency cable and that's it. I have towed lots of tandem horse trailers but have never really ventured into larger trailers. I am thinking I should go directly from seller to a rv shop in the same town and get myself safe before making the 125 mile trip back home (western montana).

Any recommendations, got a little confused in forums with hitch nomenclature...could someone post a photo of desired hitch set-up? Also trailer has been sitting for 3 years, I suppose I should get wheel bearings packed too...anything to look for regarding condition of axles?
Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!

I should mention that once returned home, the trailer will not move again until I finish a large house remodel (5-8 months), otherwise we intend to pull it within montana to summer/fall "camps" on private lands where we can safely leave it to return again - reducing miles with trailer in tow. Thanks, J
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Old 05-18-2009, 04:19 AM   #2
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I recently purchased a 1972 international/ambassador 29'. I drive a 2001 tundra with factory tow package. I did not see any hookups for a sway control or WD system anywhere near tongue and seller does not have such a hitch insert with the trailer. So basically I am looking at a 2 & 5/16 ball, chains and emergency cable and that's it. I have towed lots of tandem horse trailers but have never really ventured into larger trailers. I am thinking I should go directly from seller to a rv shop in the same town and get myself safe before making the 125 mile trip back home (western montana).

Any recommendations, got a little confused in forums with hitch nomenclature...could someone post a photo of desired hitch set-up? Also trailer has been sitting for 3 years, I suppose I should get wheel bearings packed too...anything to look for regarding condition of axles?
Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!

I should mention that once returned home, the trailer will not move again until I finish a large house remodel (5-8 months), otherwise we intend to pull it within montana to summer/fall "camps" on private lands where we can safely leave it to return again - reducing miles with trailer in tow. Thanks, J
The tire condition is very important.

To determine the axle condition, read the article that's posted in Airstream Central.

The tow package that your truck has, does not within itself, provide a means of safe towing.

To be safe, you will still need a load equalizing hitch.

To be even safer, you should also have a good sway control.

If not, you will learn in time, that you should have.

Lack of proper towing equipment, can lead to a serious accident, by suddenly having a sway that could lead to a total loss of control accident.

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