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Old 10-02-2009, 08:05 PM   #1
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Need help moving 31 foot Airstream from NC to OH

Hi all --I need HELP!!
I and my wife are about to get in to the RV Airstream community and are about to make a purchase of a 31 ft air stream in N.C.
I have not purchase a vehicle as of yet for hauling , because I was looking to see which RV Trailer I was going to purchase and have decided a 31 ft air stream AND CAN NOT MAKE THE PURCHASE UNTILL I FIND A WAY OF TRANSPORT I live in Ohio and the trailer is located in N.C
Dose any one know of any one who could travel to N.C. and haul the RV back to Ohio west of the cleveland area .
Thanks send e-mail to Fighterpilot@centurytel.net
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:19 PM   #2
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Welcome!

That is quite a drive to make! Is the trailer ready to pull? How old is the trailer?

That is too big for my truck, sorry! I live in Lorain.
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:21 PM   #3
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Hi all --I need HELP!!
I and my wife are about to get in to the RV Airstream community and are about to make a purchase of a 31 ft air stream in N.C.
I have not purchase a vehicle as of yet for hauling , because I was looking to see which RV Trailer I was going to purchase and have decided a 31 ft air stream AND CAN NOT MAKE THE PURCHASE UNTILL I FIND A WAY OF TRANSPORT I live in Ohio and the trailer is located in N.C
Dose any one know of any one who could travel to N.C. and haul the RV back to Ohio west of the cleveland area .
Thanks send e-mail to Fighterpilot@centurytel.net
Contact Airstream in Jackson Center in Ohio, that is what my neighbor did.
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:24 PM   #4
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Yes it is ready to pull and the year is 1981
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:30 PM   #5
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Dose Aistream in Jackson Center in Ohio have people that haul ?
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:39 PM   #6
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Try Uship.com, it's sort of like ebay. You post your shipping/hauling needs and then independent truckers bid on your job, when you're happy w/ price, experience, feedback, schedule you contract to have your item shipped. I've used it for a car and a trailer, both transactions went well - your experience may vary.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:52 PM   #7
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Same Boat, Here's What I Did

I was in the same boat in June of this year, and here's what I did: Found a guy who had a diesel pickup and ran a lawn mowing service locally. Hired him to tow the truck with the right towing equipment--a load leveling hitch system. He towed it 300 miles for $300, flat rate. He had to travel down to get the trailer, then tow it here. I got lucky--because here are the variables:

While a trailer may be "towable", the condition and age of the tires is a critical factor, as is the condition of the axles, and the last time they were serviced. A trip like you're describing requires good tires on the AS, a good spare, and relatively fresh grease in the axle.

By the way, the speed should not exceed 65 mph on the tow, and that's due to the nature of the tires. Excessive heat can build up and you're in trouble fast.

The next two things that are essential include a load leveling hitch, preferably with an anti-sway system. Got mine for about $500, a Reese Dual-Cam, and it works fine. Whomever does the towing should know about this type of system and how to use it. The second essential is a good, solid brakes system that's been checked out. You don't want to tow without the brakes working as they should. That's a lot of weight back there, and it needs excellent braking capability.

Finally, there's the whole liability thing, which is why most folks wouldn't volunteer to do the towing. Stuff happens, and if the route includes I-40 through Western NC, there will be some pretty respectable hill work involved. BTW, I-40 out of Ashville, NC is closed for the next couple of weeks due to a major rockslide this weekend.

That's not to say it can't be done--it certainly can! If you have a friend who is experienced in towing trailers, that's maybe the best way to go. Protect yourself and friend, though, by having the wheels, hubs, and brakes thoroughly reviewed by a pro before you go.

I ended up buying a 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500 with the Duramax Diesel and Bully Dog Chip computer system. It's 4 wheel drive too, and that's already come in handy. But I didn't pay the $57K original price--less than a third of that. Got a great truck that handles my 30' Excella marvelously.

Wishing you the best. What was your fighter type?

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