Originally Posted by Birdwell57
What would be considered an excessive rated tow vehicle for a '78 Sovereign
? I am also in the middle of a shell off renovation, and plan on waiting to weigh the final result before replacing the axles, wise?
1 ton trucks
3/4 ton trucks with heavy duty everything
3/4 ton trucks with stiff suspension.
4 X 4 anything
1/2 ton trucks with overload springs.
When the trailer is hooked up to the tow vehicle, ready to hit the road, there is a very easy test a person can do.
Hop up on the coupler and bounce up and down. If that area doesn't move vertically a couple of inches or more, then something in the setup, has an excessive rating, that simply sends all the road shock, thru it's suspension, or setup, to the trailer.
Airstreams must have a soft ride. When that ride becomes rough, things start to fail or fall apart.
Some owners add to that with unbalanced running gear, bad shocks, and less than acceptable suspension softness.
Adding all that together, will in short order, start digging into a persons bank account, and is not covered by warranty or insurance.
Keep in mind, many years ago, larger cars very successfully towed Airstream's everywhere.
Now, all of a sudden, the general feeling seems to be that they "MUST" have a tow vehicle, that could tow the Queen Mary.
What a waste of equipment, and "MONEY".