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Old 06-29-2015, 09:54 AM   #1
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Question regarding pulling Airstream Bambi with your AI?

I have a question regarding pulling AS Bambi with your AI. When towing your Bambi, does it have a negative impact on the quality of ride in the AI?
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:37 AM   #2
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What is an AI?

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When the kids text me " plz " which is shorter than the word "please", I text back "no" which is shorter than "yes".
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:50 AM   #3
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The standard rear springs on an "Airstream Interstate" are very hard and unforgiving for anyone riding in the rear. So I should imagine something hitched to the rear will provide some spring compression and reduce the harshness.


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Old 06-29-2015, 11:48 AM   #4
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HowieE. AI is an AIRSTREAM INTERSTATE. No I'm getting shouting, just get excited whenever I talk about my traveling home on wheels.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:52 AM   #5
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DARN AUTO-CORRECT!!!! I'm not shouting, just get excited about my AI.
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Old 06-29-2015, 01:35 PM   #6
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I have a question regarding pulling AS Bambi with your AI. When towing your Bambi, does it have a negative impact on the quality of ride in the AI?
I've never pulled a Bambi with my Interstate, but common sense says that having a few hundred pounds of tongue weight will provide a dampening effect on rear-end bounce by reducing the amount of up-and-down movement and by slowing the rate of up-and-down movement.
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Old 06-29-2015, 01:50 PM   #7
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What is an AI?

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When the kids text me " plz " which is shorter than the word "please", I text back "no" which is shorter than "yes".
Back when I was still working for the natural gas company and someone would ask me what I did there I would say C.E.O.. To me that stood for construction equipment operator.

We need to use the whole word not just the first letter from each word. Wars have started over such misunderstandings.
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Old 06-29-2015, 08:17 PM   #8
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This is the Sprinter and B-van forum part of Airforums. Since the Interstate is one of the two Class Bs (Grand Touring (GT?) is the other) made by Airstream, seems reasonable to use AI in that context. This has been argued ad infinitum previously.

SOB in the this forum context is Some Other Brand. Context is everything.
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:25 AM   #9
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I understood the AI and I don't own an Airstream yet.

But I am very interested in towing a small TT like the Bambi ( most likely a 19' ) with an Airstream Interstate.
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I have never pulled a Bambi with my AI — as this is the Sprinter and B-Van Forum I assume everyone will know what I mean by AI — but I have towed a Volkswaqen Golf on a tow dolly. Without the "toad" — I assume those on this forum will be familiar with the term "toad" as well — the rear lounge can and easily launch passengers into low earth orbit unless their seatbelt is firmly fastened and even then it is worse than the back seat in a school bus.

With the toad the ride in the rear lounge is very pleasant. I just wish I could find an affordable solution to get the AI to ride like that without the toad.
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With the toad the ride in the rear lounge is very pleasant. I just wish I could find an affordable solution to get the AI to ride like that without the toad.
I know one guy with a Sprinter van— not an Interstate— who fabricated a swing-away hitch-mount for his big propane barbecue grill, and takes it to tailgating parties. The grill makes excellent ballast for the rear end of the van!
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I tow a 17' Caravel and I think the ride is improved...as the others have said it reduces the bouncing and harshness. Makes me think it was designed to tow especially with the duals.
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I know one guy with a Sprinter van— not an Interstate— who fabricated a swing-away hitch-mount for his big propane barbecue grill, and takes it to tailgating parties. The grill makes excellent ballast for the rear end of the van!
I tried a luggage carrier but as far as I could tell loaded or unloaded it made little difference in the ride in back. I don't think ballast is the answer rather it is the inertial drag of the toad which retards and slows the bounce response of the suspension system.

Koni shocks effected a dramatic improvement in handling, especially in crosswinds and buffeting from passing 18 wheelers, but I don't detect any noticeable ride improvement in the back. The ride in the driver, co-driver, and passenger seats is great it is just the ride aft of the rear wheels that is the problem.
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I tried a luggage carrier but as far as I could tell loaded or unloaded it made little difference in the ride in back. I don't think ballast is the answer rather it is the inertial drag of the toad which retards and slows the bounce response of the suspension system.
You may be right. My acquaintance with the hitch-mounted grill is not exactly an impartial witness, and may not have done any kind of comparison in before vs. after ride quality in back. He says it helps, but he may not really know if it does or not.
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