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Old 12-20-2005, 05:42 AM   #1
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Smile Hi ya'll

As you can tell, from where i'm posting, I (we) are new memebers here.
By way of introduction my mane is Walt, and my wifes name is Sue. We're from SE Georgia (Brunswick to be exact) and as of yer have not purchased an Airstream, but we are considering a 1983 31' Limited which seems to be in excellent condition. We were first introduced to Airstreams by friends of ours, and they heve convinced us that we shouldn't even consider anything BUT an Airstream, and based on what i have seen so far, they're absolutely correct.

The trailer is bigger than we had originally considered purchasing, but it's being sold locally (sure is convenient), it's in excellent condition, and the price seems to be right Not only that....the same friends also said it won't be long before we'd be looking to buy bigger, so why not start there-lol.

It seems as tho you (and soon to be we-if all goes well) Airstreamers are a real tight bunch and are more than willing to be helpful to newbies like us. Thats rather comforting to me, i just hope i don't make a pest of myself asking too many questions.

Good to meet yas

Walt & Sue
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Old 12-20-2005, 05:49 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums Walt and Sue Who says a 31' is too big...I think they are just right (of course I may be biased)

There is almost always a lively discussion of some type going on around here. The search button is probably the easiest way to find what you need, if you can't find an answer to you specfic question ask away and someone either will direct you in the right direction or will know the answer.

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Old 12-20-2005, 06:06 AM   #3
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i just hope i don't make a pest of myself asking too many questions.
one can never ask too many questions.....welcome to the forum.
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Old 12-20-2005, 06:09 AM   #4
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Welcome to the Forums!!

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The trailer is bigger than we had originally considered purchasing.....
Walt and Sue...

Welcome to the Forums -

As Wahoonc indicated, you will find the "search" function invaluable.

There are several Forum "camping" functions in your area each year - you should try to make one of them ...if you are new to trailer camping a plea for help for a "first" camping trip would probably be responded to.

What type of tow vehicle (TV) and weight distributing hitch are you planning to use?
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Old 12-20-2005, 06:36 AM   #5
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Thanks for your response
Therein lies the problemI currently don't have a TV (all these new terms to learn)-lol
I do have a 1997 Ford F-150 with a 4.6l and a tow package, but i'm sure that wouldn't be adequate to tow for any distance (I may be able to get it home...it's only 5 miles from here

The trailer we're looking at has a Reese hitch....what are your thoughts on that?

I've heard a lot about Henley (sp?) hitches, but i'm not sure that would be necessary. The current owner has told me he has no problems pulling it with the Reese, and the Henleys are pretty pricey
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:16 AM   #6
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Reese hitch....what are your thoughts on that?I've heard a lot about Henley (sp?) hitches, but i'm not sure that would be necessary. The current owner has told me he has no problems pulling it with the Reese, and the Henleys are pretty pricey
IMHO, the Reese dual cam is a great hitch....the Hensleys are really good and really expensive -

The best advice we can give you here is to inform yourself as much as possible about a safe tow hookup - combo of trailer, hitch, and Tow Vehicle.

There are many, many threads here and on other silmilar Forums about "appropriate" rigging and combinations.

Please err on the side of safety - but you will have to make your own decision on just what brand to purchase as far as the manufacturer of your trailer/hitch/TV combo goes - but you should first of all do enough research so you can make an intelligent decision. Make sure you understand terms such as GCWR, GVWR, Axle Ratings, and others, and where the closest vehicle scale is. Actually weigh the trailer and Tow Vehicle separately if possible prior to purchase (you might be surprised at what the weight REALLY is as opposed to what "they" say it is), and leave allowances for food, fuel, water, "stuff", etc....it's amazing how quickly everything adds up. Don't forget to go to the scales again after you are hooked up to determine the appropriate linkage (adjustment) for the weight distributing hitch - scale readings are cheap - usually 10 bucks or less for the first reading, and a buck or so thereafter for "adjustment" readings - go at an "off" time - like Sunday morning when there are few 18 wheelers around and the scale operator will probably be more that helpful in getting you through your first experience. Lots of threads here in the Forums that go into detail about each of the above suggestions.

On the tow vehicle - the Ford/GM/Chrysler debate continues - and will probably continue to do so as long as the "big three" exist (despite the recent Germanic takeover of the smallest of the trio). Each brand manufactures at least one appropriate Tow Vehicle for each of the models offered by Airstream.

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Old 12-20-2005, 12:18 PM   #7
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Welcome to the Club!!

We felt the same way about the '31.

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.....Therein lies the problemI currently don't have a TV (all these new terms to learn)-lol
I do have a 1997 Ford F-150 with a 4.6l and a tow package, but i'm sure that wouldn't be adequate to tow for any distance (I may be able to get it home...it's only 5 miles from here......
I'm a Ford guy myself. I have the 1997 F150, 4.2 V6, five speed manual tranny with a tow package. Beleive it or not, we pulled our Overlander home over 200 miles when we bought it. This is NOT something I would recommend. At the time, it was the only option I had.

About 6 months later, I bought a 1998 F150, 5.6 V8, Auto tranny with tow package. That'll last a few years until I can afford a 3/4 ton F250. We don't intend to be doing any "cross country" stuff in the near future. Short trips only, really.

Welcome to the 'forums, by the way. Never been to Brunswick,but I do love the stew!

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