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Old 12-18-2006, 12:23 PM   #29
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...but it didn't feel that way before the mods were done. Hence my concern that something has changed...
Exactly. The additional weight on the tongue w/mods & storage.

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Old 12-18-2006, 12:28 PM   #30
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I recently moved my trailer just 10 miles and it was acting very squirrelly - with a Reese dual cam ON.

When I got to my alternate "home camp site" I noticed that one trailer tire seemed low. It was very low and I'd checked it three days before moving. Thought I'd picked up a nail, but found that the valve was loose and leaking air. Tightened it up and refilled the air. Still seems to be holding air just fine now. Amazing how one tire on a tandem axle can do that much to make you feel like "a whole lotta shakin' goin' on".

PS: I know that with aluminum rims my tire pressure will leak out a bit more than with steel, so I do have to refill everything once a month if not more often. I'm not going to ASSume again, but will check right before hitching.

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Old 12-18-2006, 12:31 PM   #31
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Okay, well we moved some of the heavier items back over the axel, in hopes to restore airstream design feng shui. We adjusted the chains and the brackets, so they are pulled taught at a 90 degree angle to the frame and we crossed the hanging chains, just for kicks.

We are heading out to our RV specialty store to have them take a look and we are going to weigh it at a place a long the way if we are still having sway.

Thanks for your help everyone. You're lifesavers.
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Old 12-18-2006, 12:52 PM   #32
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Old 12-18-2006, 12:53 PM   #33
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I hope it goes well Kelly. This is amazing real-time communication. We'll want to know more about your internet connections when you arrive safely.
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Old 12-18-2006, 12:59 PM   #34
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Hitch Ball?

I hate to add late confusion, and if answered on page 2 I apologize....

There are 3 sizes of chrome/steel hitch balls, and your trailer needs the largest (2 and 5/16") and it looks in the picture on page on that yours is 2" in diameter...

If that is true, trailer could pop out of hitch and really test chains and emergency brakes...

Easy way to test is latch hitch ball into hitch without any spring bars, and then try to jack up trailer using electric jack.. If it won't lift Suburan off the ground, then ball might be too small...

And all of the tires in the Suburban should be pumped up to at least 65 psi, preferably 70 psi....
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Old 12-18-2006, 03:44 PM   #35
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OK, I know you've had to process a lot of information here, but I think there are a couple of other things to consider.....how much weight is in the back of the Suburban (luggage, etc.), what condition are the shocks & springs on the rear axle of the Suburban, does the front end of the Suburban rise when you hook up the trailer? If your weight transfers significantly to the rear axle of the tow vehicle, your steering is going to be affected.....and this effect will increase with road conditions (dry vs. wet/slushy/snow). And on a related issue, watch out for anti-icing gel that highway departments are using.....there have been a couple of serious accidents out here caused by that stuff making the road more slippery.
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Old 12-18-2006, 06:49 PM   #36
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Harestream , I just got back home , you guys have started quit a thread here . Gives you some idea of what a great community this is and how willing people are to help , on another day you'll have the chance to help someone else and I know you will. When you can let us know how you made out at Campers Inn, that was a wise decision to have them check it out. Hopfully it will make your journey a pleasant experience . Good travels , Bob
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Old 12-18-2006, 07:21 PM   #37
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Hi, Harestream,

We see here why this forum is so great - it works.

My '75 Argosy has one of these hitches. After reading about some failures here, I towed it 220 miles home on the ball.

To get weight distribution, you need to have some upward deflection in the lift bars them self - parallel is not doing much for you at all.

A typical failure mode of this type of hitch is to have one of the lift bars fall out of the hitch while going down the road. If the hitch is correctly loaded when this happens, one could be in a bad situation.

What you can do to lessen the chances of this happening is to inspect the slot in the lift bar and the part in the hitch that it fits into before you hitch up. If either appears damaged or worn, don't GO.

And save up some funds and get a modern hitch for it when you can.

Good luck!

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Old 12-21-2006, 09:50 PM   #38
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Thanks all for your input on our hitch sitch. We got into Nashville today. The hitch worked great, a vast improvement in handling and the guy at Camper's Inn gave it two big thumbs up. Changing to the WD hitch moved a lot of the weight to the front of the TV, and made it tow like one piece. We also redistributed the weight from the tongue back to over the axels.

So we made it up the rotten gas guzzling mountains and down the beautiful flat plains and apart from our TV busting 10 miles from our destination...(seriuosly) things went great and it was a fast fun drive from NH to TN.

The fate of our TV is still in flux at the moment but that is another thread. Literally. We are looking for information on whether or not our head gasket is busted. But the hitch worked beautifully. Thanks again everyone from Harestream and myself. Also we are going to be posting our before and after airstream renovation shots as soon as we get it cleaned up from the drive.

Best to all.
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:21 PM   #39
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Whew!

Glad to hear that you made it. That was a pretty exciting start to your trip.
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I recently moved my trailer just 10 miles and it was acting very squirrelly - with a Reese dual cam ON.

When I got to my alternate "home camp site" I noticed that one trailer tire seemed low. It was very low and I'd checked it three days before moving. Thought I'd picked up a nail, but found that the valve was loose and leaking air. Tightened it up and refilled the air. Still seems to be holding air just fine now. Amazing how one tire on a tandem axle can do that much to make you feel like "a whole lotta shakin' goin' on".

PS: I know that with aluminum rims my tire pressure will leak out a bit more than with steel, so I do have to refill everything once a month if not more often. I'm not going to ASSume again, but will check right before hitching.

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All great points, Paula. Actually this entire thread is a good reminder-reading for everybody after letting the trailer sit for an off-period of time (i.e. winter).

I have an air compressor in my garage and when the Airstream gets hooked up I hit every tire with the digital air gauge to make sure they are all up to the proper levels and all have equal air pressure, including my TV. Any below level reading and the air compressor goes to work.

Proper tire inflation is the first thing I check in my pre-travelling checklist right after proper hitching connections.
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Thanks all for your input on our hitch sitch. We got into Nashville today. The hitch worked great, a vast improvement in handling and the guy at Camper's Inn gave it two big thumbs up. Changing to the WD hitch moved a lot of the weight to the front of the TV, and made it tow like one piece. We also redistributed the weight from the tongue back to over the axels.................

Best to all.
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Bill, Glad to hear you made it safe and sound.!
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Old 12-22-2006, 01:16 PM   #42
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Bill & Kelly , That's great news that you made it down there , except for the head gasket . It's going to make a good story around the campfire someday. Good luck in the rest of your adventure . Bob
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