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Old 07-23-2010, 05:31 PM   #1
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Newbie - tow questions

Not my first post but an important one. My wife and I rented a vintage Globetrotter for 3 days back in January (in cold Florida) and after stopping at Bates on the way home decided to start looking in earnest for our own AS. We traded our 4Runner for a 2010 Tundra 5.7 w/ tow package, have a Prodigy on the way, and might be heading out on a 700 mile trip within the next week to purchase a 25SS International (late model.)

The question is...help! My towing experience is limited to various utility and band trailers and three years towing a 2,000 lb. boat/trailer rig behind a Taurus. Any towing/setup advice from veterans before we take the plunge would be appreciated!

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:31 PM   #2
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Greetings Scott!

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We traded our 4Runner for a 2010 Tundra 5.7 w/ tow package, have a Prodigy on the way, and might be heading out on a 700 mile trip within the next week to purchase a 25SS International (late model.)

The question is...help! My towing experience is limited to various utility and band trailers and three years towing a 2,000 lb. boat/trailer rig behind a Taurus. Any towing/setup advice from veterans before we take the plunge would be appreciated!

Thanks in advance.
You are well on your way with the new tow vehicle and electric brake controller. The next decision is basically which hitch to select. There are a number of possibilities from rather simple to very complex. Some of the more typical choices are:There are other lesser known/lesser mentioned hitches. Each of these is from a major manufacturer in the industry and have been produced for a number of years. There are as many recommendations as there are Airstreamers. My favorite is the Reese Strait-Line, and it is the one that I use with both of my coaches; but there are many satisfied users of each of the hitches mentioned above.

Good luck with your search and research!

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Thanks for the quick reply, Kevin. I'm pretty sure the seller has a WD/sway control hitch that he plans to convey with the trailer. He hasn't told me the brand, but that will be my next question for him.

700 miles should give me plenty of practice!


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Plus you say your TV has a tow package. What does that include, just the receiver and wiring?
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Thanks for the quick reply, Kevin. I'm pretty sure the seller has a WD/sway control hitch that he plans to convey with the trailer. He hasn't told me the brand, but that will be my next question for him.

700 miles should give me plenty of practice!

When you ask the current owner about the brand of hitch that is being included with the coach, you also might want to ask about the drop/rise of the drawbar. That way, you can measure to see if it should be able to get the ball height in the area required for your coach. If the hitch head is welded, you will want to determine if it will place the ball height in close approximation to where it needs to be - - if it does not the only two options would be to find an expreienced welder to reconfigure the hitch head - - or - - purchase a new adjustable hitch with the correct rise/drop drawbar. If the hitch head is adjustable, and it can't be adjusted to the correct drop/rise for your tow vehicle - - you will need to obtain the a drawbar with the correct drop/rise.

Good luck with your project!

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Once you find out the brand of hitch, go to the internet and check how this hitch is set up to tow. This is not something you can do in 5 minutes. It will take time to get it right.

We have the '07 Tundra with 5.7 L. engine and it tows our trailer very easily. The Equalizer hitch has worked well for us.

So far as towing goes, towing a 22' trailer is easier than a short trailer. It is also easier to back up as it is not as likely to jackknife. Tow at the speed you feel comfortable with and don't let the line of cars behind you intimidate you. Just pull off when you can and let them by.

When you plug in the umbilical cord to the Tundra, check all the lights work and the brakes are energized. You can, if you stick your head right against the wheel, hear the magnets.

If you go to the Portal page, on the right side you can find out Forum members who are willing to inspect trailers so you can find out before you make the trip whether you should.

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Thanks for all the advice, everyone! I'll definitely investigate the type/brand of hitch before heading out. The Tundra tow package is pretty complete, and from what I can gather the Prodigy gets good marks.
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I also tow with a 2007 Tundra with the 5.7 motor and it pulls my vintage Trade Wind very nicely. The prodigy is probably the most popular brake controller on the market. Mine has worked flawlessly for many years.
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Dang!

We looked at the 25SS and it was nice (especially the interior), the price was reasonable, but for some reason it didn't do it for me for a few reasons:

1) Filoform corrosion on a number of skin areas plus the "white glue" corrosion on the cast aluminum exterior pieces.

2) Not nuts about the layout...the corner bed looks to be a problem (we want a queen or twins)

I know I can't expect perfection in a used AS, but our quest continues...
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Scott,
Since you are in Raleigh, NC, have you looked at Out of Doors Mart? It's fairly close and they have some new and pre-owned Airstreams that might tickle your fancy. They have a 2009 27' Front Bedroom Ocean Breeze. I love that layout and interior. Good luck with your search.
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Hey Carl & Elaine,

We've been to OODM but the '09 Ocean Breeze 27 must have come in after our visit. We do like that layout (saw one with the Cilantro interior) and decor...we may have to ride over to the Triad again and check it out.

PS: my brother has a Bailey dog (yellow lab ;-)
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Scott,
If you go, you'd better call first, because that length / interior / layout usually don't last long on a lot.

And for us Yankess...What's the "Triad"?

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And for us Yankees...What's the "Triad"?
That would be the Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point area, as opposed to the "Triangle" which is Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill (so named after Research Triangle Park at its center)
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