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Old 09-20-2012, 07:54 PM   #15
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girlscan, your trailer weighs about 5,000 empty, and maybe another 1,500 lbs or so extra when all ready to go. It's up to you for a good part: if you want to bring your collection of bowling balls, well, who knows?

Seriously, in its day, it was towed by the family car. Even with a hilly area to travel in, a Ford F-150 or GM/Chev 1500 should be plenty.

People think I'm crazy when I tell them I tow mine with an '07 Ford Freestar van.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:19 PM   #16
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aage, I definitely thought you were crazy! Then I was so happy, because your TV makes me feel a lot better about my 04 tundra double cab.... and as you have stated, my sovereign tows beautifully behind it!

BTW, THIS IS A VERY STRAIGHT SOVEREIGN! I'm suprised you even had to clean it
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:40 PM   #17
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girlscan, your trailer weighs about 5,000 empty, and maybe another 1,500 lbs or so extra when all ready to go. It's up to you for a good part: if you want to bring your collection of bowling balls, well, who knows?

Seriously, in its day, it was towed by the family car. Even with a hilly area to travel in, a Ford F-150 or GM/Chev 1500 should be plenty.

People think I'm crazy when I tell them I tow mine with an '07 Ford Freestar van.
So called '1/2-ton' trucks can be very capable today. My Ford F-150 with Max Tow and HD Payload package and the EcoBoost engine easily bests 3/4-ton trucks from only a few years ago.

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Old 09-20-2012, 10:06 PM   #18
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So called '1/2-ton' trucks can be very capable today. My Ford F-150 with Max Tow and HD Payload package and the EcoBoost engine easily bests 3/4-ton trucks from only a few years ago.
And, even an 2WD F-150 several years old with the basic V8 would be plenty for a '74 31-footer.

Certainly would be way more tow-power than the '74 Chevy Impala your dad would have towed it with.

Now, if it was a brand new 30-footer, the weight story would be quite a bit different...
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:09 PM   #19
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Just want to say WELCOME !

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Old 09-25-2012, 08:32 PM   #20
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That to all of you for your comments. i totally enjoy all the comments and your help!
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:46 PM   #21
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Welcome Aboard...

What a beautiful Sovereign!
If you click on my Registry, you will see a 76' Sovereign that I restored.
My wife and I will be in Mesa for the winter.
I would be happy to offer advice and assist in any way I can.
AS for tow vehicle, you will need a tow vehicle with at least a 6.0 liter engine. I am partial to the Chevy Duramax, but I towed with gasoline fueled Chevy Suburbans for years.
I am very excited about your acquisition.
Be methodical.
Don't do anything radical.
We are all here for you, including the entire Four Corners Unit of WBCCI. It seems, our AZ members form the backbone of the FCU unit.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:47 AM   #22
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Thanks Ken, I'll have to figure out how to get my name and signature on there. What does WBCCI stand for? What is the FCU unit?

I LOVE this forum. I have learned so much in the last few weeks here. I'm not going into anything radical. Just seems I start something simple and end up someplace else; like tearing out the carpet and then needing to replace the floor on the bed end. I didn't get to look at all your pics, but your wood interior sure looks great. I'm redoing the bed area with a more solid foundation than the beds were on before. Then I need to figure out how to get some upper cabinets in for storage (which are not there at all now.) I also started on some of the outside shine restoration figuring I can do that or not, all at once.

I purchased a Dodge hemi 1500. Now what to do about the hitch. I was going to go with the Hensley or Propride but after reading all about the Anderson and how much lighter and less messy (as well as less expensive) it is I'm rethinking that one. I need to be able to do a lot of this myself and want to make things as easy as I can for this new adventure. It also has to be safe as I don't want to be breaking down anywhere.

I welcome your thoughts and thanks so much for your offer of assistance. Looking forward to this leg
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:19 PM   #23
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:32 PM   #24
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Choosing a Hitch

That Airstream will tow beautifully with a Reese, Dual-Cam, Sway Control Hitch.
This I can report from direct experience.
You can get one at any Camping World in Phoenix or Mesa.
Use all the money you will save for other improvements to your Airstream.
P.S. Please, please, don't buy a Hensley. (Now watch this thread go nuts. )
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:38 PM   #25
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Yea, don't buy a Hensley. I use and believe in the Equal-I-Zer, had one with my last SOB(some other brand), bought another for the Argosy. (Here comes the Hensley folks). LOL
Girls can 2, welcome to the forum.
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I hope there is no Hensley bashing here. I don't have one and don't plan to get one either. But not because of any reason other than their cost. I've towed for years ( and miles ) with other brand hitches and have never felt the need to spend that kind of money. I am in the market for a new hitch and am seriously interested in the Anderson. The jury is still out on that purchase so we'll see. In fact only this past August did I see a Hensley ( or was it a Pro-Pride, I don't even know ) for the first time. Just looked to clunky and complicated for my taste. For me, simple is better.

To each his own. But sit back and prepare for the wave.

See ya on the road sometime.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:26 PM   #27
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Well I must say I laughed right out loud with the whole hitch discussion. Ken, are you an instigator??? jk After reading (for what seemed like hours) on the Andersen thread I didn't know if I should run down to the truck stop to weigh by Baby or take an engineering course. I figure if there is that much knowledge out there I'll just be the receiver of it and not go into too much more formal education.

I'm assuming the Reese hitch will take care of sway and other evil monsters on the road? I'll definitely tap into your mental resources and appreciate your offer.

I am looking to keep things as simple as possible on my end of things. Aage you are so right about how my family traveled around in the olden days. I was either riding around in my Grandad's Plymouth station wagen or my family's Chevy wagen.

Thanks to all the Rogers and everyone else for you many welcomes. I feel right at home here.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:47 PM   #28
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Madame, How Dare You?

How dare you call me an instigator?
If I am an instigator, I must not be a very good one.
Not at single Hensley owner has risen to the bait.

P.S. "As in most things, money can neither purchase proficiency, nor mitigate its absence; and complexity rarely trumps simplicity and elegant design."
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