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Old 10-02-2007, 02:54 PM   #1
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Trailer a trailer?

Hi all, I am thinking of getting a second airstream baby and wonder if anyone has experience with carrying a not-so-towable airstream home? Would it be possible to rent a tow dolly from some place like u-haul and put in on that if it is 17-19 feet? What are other options?

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Old 10-02-2007, 03:06 PM   #2
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I've heard of flat bed transport for situations like your's, but I'm not sure where you would rent the flat bed trailer for such.
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Old 10-02-2007, 03:33 PM   #3
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Carlos,
I can't remember where you live...but, I am sure there is a trailer sales business near you. I agricultural areas especially. Around here they always have trailers available for rent as well. Personally, I have a 22 foot heavy duty flatbed used to haul anything from tractors, to airplanes, to hay. It would handle your project easily. They rent 'em here in Texas.

By the way, does this mean you have a new project?
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Old 10-02-2007, 03:46 PM   #4
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Well... I'm looking. I have been using my 'stream as a mobile projection pod (see here: Current Location) and have the idea to make a wee-wind sort of rig from larger beat-up trailer to use for this purpose. I have the spaces and tools and time to do it - but in Utica, NY and Burlington, VT. So I would need to get my trailer out to Utica to live in, then come back to where-ever to pick up the trailer and haul it out for the chopping and sticking back together. Thanks for the ideas... probably a trailer of that sort would be perfect. I'm just wondering if there is something like uhaul that I could use that would allow a point to point trip, so I don't have to run the trailer all the way back to where-ever.

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Old 10-02-2007, 03:48 PM   #5
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A tow dolly from U-Haul will not work, nor will any other tow dolly. A tow dolly is designed to hold the front steering wheels of a vehicle while the rear wheels stay on the ground and it will pivot while being towed. In other words the rear end of your Airstream will be turning in directions you never thought possible. I think what you are looking for is a flat bed trailer.
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Old 10-02-2007, 06:23 PM   #6
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i've seen u-haul flatbed trailers. the price was SHOCKING! in my area at least.
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I think the expense that you will incurr trailering or hiring a commercial tow service will be more than making the trailer road worthy. New tires which you would need anyway, brakes and axle grease should be all you need to tow it.
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If you could find a flatbed trailer to rent at your starting point. You could deadhead out to get the new trailer, bring it back and return the flatbed.
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I agree that it would usually be easier to make the trailer roadworthy. Consider getting it ON the trailer without a crane, how long of a ramp would you need to not bottom out at some point? Unless you are buying old trailers regularly, a proper trailer for this would be expensive to own and difficult to rent. The only decent ones I've seen were fifth-wheel or bigrig size.

It might be wise to pre-purchase the tires you want long-term as mounting is more available than good trailer tires, especially far from home on the weekend. If you're going to have a shop pack the bearings, make sure they jack and support it properly. (Then leave them alone while they work, take it from a mechanic.)

Get a set of magnetic towing lights and blue masking tape and enough extension wire. If you want to get real fancy, have a bar or board to clamp on the drawbar with amber lights out at the front edges of the trailer, and a similar arrangement at the rear for side-lights. Trying to fix the existing lights has proven exasperating when away from the workshop no matter how you try to anticipate every need. My TV is such that I can plug in both the magnetic lights and the trailer, if at least some of the lights work.
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