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Old 07-20-2014, 06:38 AM   #1
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hello everyone,

my name is jeff and I live about 6 miles from the Jackson center ohio airstream plant. my wife Julie and I do not have a travel trailer yet but as we get closer to retirement age (i'll be 54 shortly) we would like to be able to travel and we have always loved the iconic look of the airstreams. i'm leaning towards something not over 26' long since I have a 1/2 ton truck. we also need to be able to haul our motorcycle since we love explore by 2 wheels so I figure it will have to go in the truck bed. anyway, we are looking forward to an airstream in our near future and any helpful advice is appreciated.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:14 AM   #2
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What kind of motorcycle?
How much does the motorcycle weigh?
Does the pickup have an 8' bed?
Maybe you could get an Eddie Bauer and hail the bike in there.


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Old 07-20-2014, 07:22 AM   #3
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A motorcycle with a winch system in the bed of a 1/2 ton pickup is a full load. You might have to jump to a one ton to carry both the motorcycle and the 1,000+ pound tongue weight of a 25 foot Airstream. I loaded a Road King in my 3/4 ton diesel GMC with a winch system and that was over 1,000 pounds pay load.

With the Hensley hitch head on our 2013 25FB International Serenity, the tongue weight was 1,150 pounds empty and 1,175 pounds camping ready.

A 1/2 ton would be able to tow a trailer or load a bike but not both due to lower pay load capacity.

Welcome to the forums. Put in key words tow vehicle in search window in blue bar near top of page and settle back for days worth of reading just on this topic. Then start in the tires, hitches, gas vs diesel, etc.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:28 AM   #4
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Maybe he has a Vespa or a Honda 250?
Maybe he's getting an Eddie Bauer?

Anyway, my 800#, 8' long Road King won't go in my 5.5' bed 1/2 ton Tundra or in my Classic.
It would go in a PanAmerica, but I don't know if it would go in an Eddie Bauer.


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my truck is a 2012 f-150 4x4 xlt eco-boost with an 8' bed. my bike is a 2002 heritage. I don't want to have to buy another truck plus having to buy a trailer as well since i'm not a rich man by any means. maybe I need to rethink some things.
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Hello, Jeff! Welcome to the forums.
We just came back from the Airstream plant in Jackson Center. Nice town.
I met a woman at a rally who had an Eddie Bauer and hauled her motorcycle in it. I have no idea what size bike.
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my truck is a 2012 f-150 4x4 xlt eco-boost with an 8' bed. my bike is a 2002 heritage. I don't want to have to buy another truck plus having to buy a trailer as well since i'm not a rich man by any means. maybe I need to rethink some things.
Dear Q.

Take a tour of the factory! It's free, but wear WALKING shoes, it's a long hike. Friday is best as they sometimes leave early - then you can do more than just peek through the door of units on the line. What size tow vehicle you need depends a lot on how big a trailer you want. A 23 or even a 25 and you're cool.

Some of my favorite camping "adventures" have been less than 50 miles from my home. On shorter trips your wife could tow the trailer and you could RIDE the motorcycle or vice versa. On 1000 mile trips, get bicycles or motorized bicycles.

You have time. Enjoy the search as much as the find!

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There is no way to haul the Heritage Softail Classic in the bed of a 1/2 ton truck and have enough payload left for the tongue weight of the trailer. It would be seriously overloaded. I don't know if the Heritage would fit in an Eddie Bauer. There is a forum member who has a Vespa in an Eddie Bauer. Maybe the Heritage would fit in an Eddie Bauer if you took the windshield off. The Heritage would definitely go in a PanAmerica, but I think they only ever made 9 of those-

Being that close to Jackson Center will be great for warranty or service work.
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To add another data point, the tongue weight on our 25' 1972 Tradewind is about 500 lbs.

The interior is lightly built with aluminum framing of 1/4" ply walls and cabinets, which saves a lot of weight.
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There is a different weight limit on the door of the Eddie Bauer versus the Pam American, as well as the reinforced floor structure of the Pam American. Better buys out there for a Toy Hauler, such as 5th wheels that will work with your size of truck. Own several large bikes, have not cracked that code yet on combining both sports, while living in the Airstream world. Keep that bucket list, the key is "jus do it", you know how much dough you got , but never how much time you got.
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So, what you're telling me is-
An Eddie Bauer will only accommodate the weight of a Vespa.
A PanAmerica will hold a Harley (or two).
I wish we could all go get a PanAmerica.
ZackyBilly is lucky.
Back when I was first seriously shopping for a trailer in 2009 I strongly considered a PanAmerica because I wanted an Airstream and a toy hauler.
They make sob toy hauler travel trailers, too.
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I guess timing is everything. the dealer I bought my truck from got ahold of me about a trade-in for their stock. I may find out Saturday about getting into a 3/4 ton if the numbers work out close. thanks everyone for the info. by the way, if you are in Jackson center anytime and need quality meat check out curlys meats located just n/e of the r.r tracks in Jackson center. he raises all the beef himself and the pork is from a local farm as well. they have a small retail room with freezers full of tastyness.
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