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Old 07-28-2014, 09:48 AM   #43
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Daedalus told Icarus, "fly neither too low nor too high." Likewise on the interstate - be neither too slow nor above 65 if you want to enjoy your trailer for decades :-)
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:58 AM   #44
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Depending on conditions, I will pull at 70 at times.

Sometimes 65 is too fast, sometimes not.
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:52 PM   #45
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So, what is it that I should be worried about when traveling at 65 or 70 along a lightly traveled interstate with the other traffic moving at 70 and 75?
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:28 PM   #46
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A blowout would be the first thing on my list. There are many many threads regarding the substandard construction and road worthiness of trailer tires. You may not even notice a tire failure that far back on your TT/TV rig (right away)....but at 70 mph, the remnants of that failed tire will chew through your wheel wells and the side of your beloved AS like a knife through butter. Just sayin.......
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:42 PM   #47
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On our 2012 Dodge 2500HD diesel, 65 mph is the power spot in 6th gear. That is our max speed preference with posted white and yellow caution lower speed limit signs setting the pace as appropriate. 5th gear is about 55mph for winding roads or scenic views where I need to be able to drop speed quickly.

Our truck and trailer are nearly identical in weight of around 9,300 pounds each, but the push is there when going down hill.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:29 PM   #48
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Are Airstreams that much better - 2005 Classic?

My truck and trailer together don't weigh 13,000 lbs.

If I remember right my weight ticket was 12,600 loaded ready for the road full propane, full fresh water, and a generator in the back of the pickup.

EDIT; I was wrong,,,, 11860 total weight,

2880 steer axle

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Old 08-09-2014, 11:58 AM   #49
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Well, I'm back from my first road trip with the A/S. All went pretty well except for the idiot truck driver who turned into the side of my baby to escape a semi that he pulled out in front of to pass me. He hit me just in front of the water heater, (took off the water heater door), and ruined both side panels and the rear quarter panels.

After that, he took off, never to be seen again.

I called the factory. They said they were booked up thru September. They also told me that Reliable RV in Springfield (where I bought it) was qualified to replace the panels.

John, at Reliable says he can start on it as soon as he gets the parts.

She's still usable, just a little ugly on the street side.

Anyway 2800 miles at 60 and 65 mph (see, I do listen to you guys) went well. The mountain roads in the Smokies were interesting. Camping in the mountains was great. The fly fishing was fantastic.

We saw 5 Airstreams on the whole trip. I think they were as excited to see us as we were to see them. One was a beautiful Bambi being pulled by an old (very old) restored pick up truck.

All in all, I can't wait for my next trip in September.
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:40 AM   #50
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So sorry to hear about your accident after just purchasing your AS. Let us know how Reliable works out for you. I'm in Nixa and wonder what the quality of work they do if I ever need service.

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Old 08-10-2014, 11:23 AM   #51
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You know, the name of this old thread is "Are Airstreams that much better" and I believe I have proven with this accident that they really are that much better.

I felt my trailer move sideways when that truck hit me. I really believe that if I had had a stick built trailer, there would have been aluminum and kindling all over the highway. It's amazing, to me anyway, how well the AS took that hit.

I wish I knew how to post pictures here, so I could show you guys the damage.
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If you are posting off of the phone app , just click the icon to the right of the camera just above the "keyboard".
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Old 08-10-2014, 05:56 PM   #53
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If you are posting off of the phone app , just click the icon to the right of the camera just above the "keyboard".
I'm posting from my iPad, with bluetooth keyboard. The pics that I would like to include are in my photos section.

My wife gave it to me for my birthday. Apple stuff is new to me.
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Are you posting from Safari or from the Airforums app?
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I dont know for sure about the Ipad , because the Ipad I have is too old to run the latest Airforums app, but I want to think that from the app it will be much the same as from my phone.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:41 AM   #56
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Back on topic, the Corian sink is cracking in the bathroom. This is only our third trip.

From watching the build process, I would guess the refrigerator and it's cabinet and then the shared wall with the bathroom would have to be removed to get the countertop out without damaging the wallpaper. Then they would either replace the entire counter top, since the sink is glued to the Corian countertop, or have a major issues getting a non-leaking seal after cutting the existing sink out.

The local dealership is totally unqualified to do this repair, so this will have to be a factory job. The list continues to grow.....
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