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Old 10-13-2007, 11:10 AM   #85
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dear million air people,

what wrist watch does one wear whilst dragging a 'dream stream?

it that something we have to be wringing our mits about about as well?

and on another more serious subject... shorts and tee's? what's up with that? shouldn't there be a dress code?

and shaving? shouldn't folks shave? my wife looks funny w/ a three day beard...


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Old 10-13-2007, 11:19 AM   #86
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We decided against buying an Airstream because we were told we could only expect to tow a 26 footer at best with our Chevy Suburban (K1500 - 350 engine). That size is just too small for a 6' 9" guy and his wife. So, we decided to forget it. Like many others, we were told a 3/4 ton or larger was our only choice, and it should be a diesel not gas engine.

Can we tow a 31 footer with our vehicle without blowing up or burning out the engine, transmission or whatever? Maybe we'll reconsider once we have information we can decide from that doesn't include buying a new 3/4 ton diesel tow vehicle. After all, we just bought the beauty we're driving!


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I towed a 31 foot Classic with a F-250 3/4 ton and a 5.4L gas engine. It was not fun. Had I had the V10 gas it may have been easier. When I had to replace my truck I went diesel. Much nicer, more comfortable.
25 ft is the cut over for 1/2 to 3/4 ton wither you have gas or diesel would depend on how much you tow. If it is not often I would get a large gas engine. If you tow a lot get the diesel. It will make for a more pleasureable experience.
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Old 10-13-2007, 12:06 PM   #87
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We decided against buying an Airstream because we were told we could only expect to tow a 26 footer at best with our Chevy Suburban (K1500 - 350 engine). That size is just too small for a 6' 9" guy and his wife. So, we decided to forget it.

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Jerry, I remember this topic. One point that was made which was pretty much on the mark is that your height has no bearing on the length of travel trailer which would be best. Length of bed, you bet; length of camper, nope. If you think you would prefer a 34, fine, but height isn't the determining factor on that one. Were I full timing with another and not focused on camping on public lands I would probably want a long camper also.

I honestly cant tell you if a 1500 would do the job. I can tell you that with an older design F150 with less than optimal gearing I was unhappy towing a vintage 24ft camper around the rockies and great plains. Change the gear ratio and that might be different, change the TV from a 1991 to a 2007 with all the design changes and I am sure it would be.

Now, to the point of non-millionaire streaming. I opted for the ten year old plain Jane PSD 3/4 ton because it would give me the power I need and the body I wanted for mountain driving. The truck being ten years old and me shopping around put it within my reach. Normal weight distribution is more than adequate for my rig (its relatively light compared to the long rigs), I am still debating with my self over brake controllers but I haven't decided for sure which will go in the new truck. When I had new axles made for her, I went with drum over disc breaks which I have had no reason to complain about. She has low end speakers instead of Bose, she has a manual jack and jack stands for stabilizers. On the other hand, I installed Pergo rather than vinyl flooring and a tri-fuel genset: both of these are more expensive than functional basic. They best fit my needs, and I had the good fortune to be able to afford them at the time.

Sometimes the top shelf approach is the way to go, sometimes it isn't. If you have the extra $ laying around and can afford to go top shelf every time that is wonderful. On the other hand, a good many of us are in the situation where we can afford to travel in this manner but financially are forced to weigh function, price and priority. For example, I really want to redo my front gaucho in leather and the drapes in my camper could make Ray Charles wince, but those items are not this year or next as far as I can tell. Airstreaming may or may not be for you, or now may or may not be the time in your life for it. You can have an adequate and safe Airstream with out spending bazillions for sure. On the other hand, there is no avoiding that it is going to cost something. The choices are all yours, just make sure you are safe out there.
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In general the OP makes a good point, but I take issue with his example of a Hensley being only for the rich or people that can afford one. I tow my entry-level (poor man's) 30 foot long Trail Cruiser with a used (shorty) Yukon and I use the Hensley Arrow because it's the only hitch that can do this safely (in my opinion). Please be careful about making generalizations.

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You are right TB. That just happen to me the other day when I was in Desert Hot Springs. As I was pulling into the RV site a person walking their dog made the comment "what a beautiful trailer" !.

What more can I say?.....

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where is the corporate box?

i like to stay w/ my own kind...

just sayin.

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In general the OP makes a good point, but I take issue with his example of a Hensley being only for the rich or people that can afford one. I tow my entry-level (poor man's) 30 foot long Trail Cruiser with a used (shorty) Yukon and I use the Hensley Arrow because it's the only hitch that can do this safely (in my opinion). Please be careful about making generalizations.

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We all must make our own desisions about what we want or need based

on the paramaters we feel are most important. As an ex-knuckle buster I'm

not in a position where I can just go out and get whatever cool new gizmo

comes along. Yes, I have spent some big bucks on items that I felt were

important, but these desisions were based on my experience, and came

from my own grey matter. Others should do the same. There's a lot of

valuable knowledge and good information here on the Forum, all of which

should be weighed carefully by each individual.

Bottom line....If it works for you, and doen't effect the safety of others,

GO FOR IT!!
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Old 10-14-2007, 09:25 AM   #92
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We all must make our own decisions about what we want or need based

on the parameters we feel are most important. As an ex-knuckle buster I'm

not in a position where I can just go out and get whatever cool new gizmo

comes along. Yes, I have spent some big bucks on items that I felt were

important, but these decisions were based on my experience, and came

from my own grey matter. Others should do the same. There's a lot of

valuable knowledge and good information here on the Forum, all of which

should be weighed carefully by each individual.

Bottom line....If it works for you, and doesn't effect the safety of others,

GO FOR IT!!
My thoughts Exactly!

What works for me and a large number of people I know and significant number who I see in CG's it seems often would not pass muster here. Yes, having or moving up to bigger is always nicer, but it doesn't mean that the other is now unacceptable. Give folks a chance to get involved, to try what works for them in their circumstances and if they need to change up they can do so when their personal circumstances allow it, or modify their use accordingly. But if they never try how will they ever know? I'm afraid we scare too many people off with our "latest" thoughts when in reality they would be fine with a "starter" package and grow, like most of us have done, from that.

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Old 10-15-2007, 03:20 PM   #93
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It was an interesting conversation with a fellow I don't know really well, but I suspect I could convert (pervert?) him to becoming an Airstream enthusiast since I've already got one of the other neighbors involved with my former Silver Streak.
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Gee Barry, was she an old girl friend that used to run through your neighborhood naked or something?
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Old 10-15-2007, 03:43 PM   #94
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Gee Barry, was she an old girl friend that used to run through your neighborhood naked or something?
Well, this is fishing country and all, so when I say "gutted" hopefully you will get the picture. The best/worst part is that the restoration is well on it's way and it is gorgeous. I'm glad/sad when I stroll over to take a look. I had so many great ideas for the SS.

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Old 10-20-2007, 08:17 AM   #95
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My thoughts Exactly!
I'm afraid we scare too many people off with our "latest" thoughts when in reality they would be fine with a "starter" package and grow, like most of us have done, from that.

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As a first-time travel trailer owner and relative newbie on the forum, I'm with Barry on this one, especially when it comes to towing set ups. If not for a lot of towing experience, and a fresh battery in my calculator, I'd have been "scared off safe" for sure.

The possible combinations of trailer models, vintage, tow vehicles, budgets and lifestyles is like nothing else! - and truly unique to Airstreaming. I'm a fan now and hope more people get in no matter their budget!

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Old 11-06-2007, 06:21 AM   #96
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Great Thread

Seems like many campers we meet on the road (as well as some in our local camping club) are all too happy to share their opinion on their camping equipment. They show pride in the choice they made and maybe they can get approval/admiration when you tell them, "great idea, thanks". Regardless, I listen, challenge or ask for detail sometimes, and come away knowing more than I did before. Yeah, I've heard some people proclaim broadly (as Rodney suggested in initial post) the only solution is Prodigy or HAH or 10-ply Michelin or disc brake or what else have I left off. I had a Voyager brake controller on my first set-up. Sold it with truck. When we replaced truck I was pretty sure, based on all the opinions expressed here and elsewhere, I would be happy with the small extra expense of Prodigy over Voyager.

This forum is so amazing! It wasn't really just Voyager vs Prodigy, and thre are so many wd hitch setups to compare. I found first-hand reports on something like six brands of brake controllers. (sorry 2Air, no links to posts to support this contention) The forum offers all the advice we can stand. Point is, we each have to sift through the advice and make our decision.

Great thread, Rodney. 2Air, are you just jealous he has so many hits in short time?

Yeah, let's have an Forums International Rally and not have it in July!
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I totally agree with DreamStreamr. Rarely does anyone on these Forums post "ya gotta have this". What we are getting is truthful opinions on what products and procedures work well or do not. These Forums sure do beat reading the ads in Trailer Life. Sometimes, posts do come across as "elitist". I don't think that anyone here intends to be so. I feel that the information offered is almost always offered with the best of intentions in a spirit of wanting to share information.
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...Rarely does anyone on these Forums post "ya gotta have this"...
Oh no, moosetags, I disagree, you do "gotta have" an F-250 PSD to tow with or you're gonna melt the next time you get out on the road with your Airstream!!!
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