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Old 06-10-2015, 11:01 AM   #15
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My brother has the trailer at his home now and is going through it. He is checking the gas and water lines, brake system and I will tell him about the electrical wiring. He has replaced the tires and repacked the wheel bearings. I am currently researching the installation of the RV brake controller for my Sequoia. I also am having a sway bar installed. I have some clean-up to do inside when I get to VT to make the inside livable for the trip (evict mice etc)...
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:02 PM   #16
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KimPossible,

Best of luck with your adventure!

Preparation and attitude are everything and it sounds like you've got both covered.

Keep us posted if at all possible. haha
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:16 AM   #17
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Dear Kim,
Sorry you lost your Mom...

For your trip... I would plan to 'camp' near your brother.. pick a KOA or similar 'close in' to him. Then, stay a couple days in the AS... rest up a bit from your trip out.

Now, you will have some experience on what living in the AS is about... and many questions about how to work things will evaporate into understanding.

This will also give you time to ensure the 'hitch' system you are going to use is set up properly...

Now you are ready to head 'home'.... Plan for days 1-3 to be 'acclimatizing' yourself to the towing experience.... perhaps 100 miles, then 200... then 300... until you hit YOUR stride... and your daughter's 'stride' will be important as well. Give yourself at least 25% MORE time than you 'plan'.... then, try to 'relax' and 'enjoy'....

You may consider having roadside assistance from AAA or GoodSam...

Traveling about 60 MPH would be 'max'... I occasionally exceed that... but rarely over 65 and only for very short duration like lane change, entering highways, etc.. then I settle in to the 60's...

Sounds like a great trip!!!
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:27 AM   #18
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KimPossible - All of us on the Forum were novices once just like we were all young and stupid - point is, we managed to survive and some of us even grew up to enjoy these adventures. I bought my first AS this year in late-March, my only towing experience was when I had a small boat over 20 years ago. Since March, I've travelled from Tampa Bay, FL to North Georgia to Oklahoma to South Texas and up to Friendship, IN and back. over 10,000 miles attending matches throughout the US. NE Kentucky and Alma, Michigan are scheduled in the next 5 weeks. Point is, you have to start somewhere and just take your time and enjoy. Try not to push yourself too much in the first few days and all of a sudden you'll be driving along and notice that your hands are relaxed and you're looking around and enjoying this beautiful country called the USA. Seriously, one day everything will just 'feel' natural. The only sage advice I can pass along is to consider a set of extension mirrors - it helps you be 'situationally aware' of your surroundings.
Slow down and enjoy this for what it is - an adventure.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:28 AM   #19
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I listed my trailer on u ship.com but am nervous about that...trusting someone I don't know to bring it home to me. There have been a few kinks in my plans to drive out, but I haven't given up yet! The trailer is still being worked on by my brother...
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Old 06-11-2015, 10:00 PM   #20
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Kim,
I paid a professional to haul my AS from where I bought it in GA to TX because I did not have a tow vehicle. It worked out well for me. I did not worry about the trailer as it was in a professional's hands.

Having said that, I hope you can make the trip b/c it sounds like such a wonderful adventure.

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Old 06-12-2015, 12:13 AM   #21
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Curious what size your '54 is. I looked at the archives and it just made me curious.
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Old 06-13-2015, 09:11 AM   #22
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It is 22' but with trailer hitch and bike rack 26'
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Old 06-13-2015, 09:12 AM   #23
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What archives?
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:16 AM   #24
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Try these links;
1954 Crusier 25'/26' - Vintage Airstream
and look under '54 here;
Document Archive - Airstream
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:45 AM   #25
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Thank you, the archives were very helpful. I believe mine to be a Cruiser. It doesn't say which model it is, but just says Custom. O-4060
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:02 AM   #26
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I am no expert on the serial numbers but it would appear that yours was built in Ohio. Someone who knows may be able to tell more from those numbers.
What a special heirloom to keep!
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:09 AM   #27
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Having towed, driven, and ridden solo across the U.S. multiple times I can suggest several items. First, once you have the correct hitch installed on your TV, and arrive at the location of your AS, it is critical to have a competent shop set up the anti-sway, weight distribution hitch.

Cross country driving is quite fatiguing and needs to be done with care. It is a full time job and requires careful planning, stopping to rest, and proper eating.

As you have never towed or driven cross before, this will be a significant challenge. If possible, I would seek the advice of some folks locally regarding how this is all done. And the time required.... Probably based upon an average speed overall of 45 mph at best, maximum of 12 hours per day.

Maybe having it shipped is the best idea....?


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Old 06-15-2015, 10:26 AM   #28
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kimpossible: Having been cross country many times and having driven long distances my whole adult life I might humbly suggest you consider having it shipped or allot more time. You should not exceed 60-65MPH with the tires I am sure your brother put on. If the trailer has been sitting, you mentioned mice, lots of things could malfunction or simply not work at all. If you calculate your drive to VT and then a return with trailer, motels one way, campgrounds the next etc compared to a quick flight out and back your cost difference might not be that great. With ship.com you might even find a flatbed hauler ready to take a load West, so the trailer would not be towed at all.

Our Best, sorry to hear about your Mom.

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