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Old 04-27-2010, 01:17 AM   #1
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Exclamation Newbie from Las Vegas

Just getting my feet wet with my first post here.
I hope to be able to do some more looking around this forum in the days ahead while I research how big an Airstream trailer I can tow behind a Mercedes Sprinter. They say the towing capacity is 5,000 lbs., so I need to get ideas or suggestions from other members that may also own a Sprinter.
Not sure if I can get away with a tandem trailer or if I'm relegated to just being happy with a single axle trailer.


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Old 04-27-2010, 06:35 AM   #2
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With a tow vehicle that is rated for 5,000#, that pretty much puts you in 22' and smaller Airstream territory if you are considering a late model unit. Vintage Airstreams are not as heavy, and you could handle a larger Airstream.


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Welcome. Nothing wrong with a single axle TT. A number of us in the 4Corners unit have them and haven't any problems.
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Thanks for the feedback and suggestions so far.

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Old 04-27-2010, 07:12 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum River17! You will find everything you need to know and a lot you didn't think you wanted to know right here on this forum..Glad you found us. I don't think you'll be sorry...
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:49 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Ahab View Post
Welcome. Nothing wrong with a single axle TT. A number of us in the 4Corners unit have them and haven't any problems.


I will explain why if given the choice I would go for a tandem axle trailer over just a single axle trailer.
My one and only experience RVing was back in 1989, when I drove both of my parents on a 39 day 9600 miles trip to Alaska via Inuvik and Fairbanks.
I drove my father's short wheelbase Ford window van pulling a 1976 16 foot Shasta single axle trailer that my father had bought to use as an office at his job sites building spec houses in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Before leaving on this trip I went and bought 4 new 8 ply radial tires for the van and never had any problems. But for the RV they said that I should just stick with new bias ply tires and not to get 8 ply steel belted radial tires. Sure enough, by the time we got to Inuvik we had to buy 2 new Micheling 8 ply steel belted tires after getting two flat tires with the arrow sharp rocks in the gravel roads.
Also the single axle trailer had all of its weight, some 3500 lbs I think just spread over two tires. Even though I aired down the tires on the washboard gravel roads, it seemed like many of the pipes and fixed appliances shook themselves loose and had to be replaced. Also by the time we finally got to Anchorage we had to replace both leaf springs due to metal fatigue.
From that trip I quickly realized that it is better to have the weight of your RV trailer spread out over 4 or even 6 tires instead of just two.
Now over 20 years later I am starting again from square one trying to settle on an RV that will get me to those far away places in one piece and economically.


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