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Old 04-04-2015, 11:59 PM   #1
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Pulling a trailer behind an Airstream?

Ok, I've done a little research but couldn't find anything solid.... I was just wondering if anyone has set their trailer up to tow an additional trailer behind it? I know the laws and what states it is allowed in, that is not my question. I just would like to be able to pull a very small aluminum motorcycle trailer with my bike, naturally. The trailer will be between 300-400 lbs n the bike is about 650 lbs.

Has anyone set their trailer up to do anything like this? What did you do to "beef" it up?

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Old 04-05-2015, 06:07 AM   #2
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WOW! With all the talk of sway and rear end separation! I think would be a disaster waiting to happen.
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Old 04-05-2015, 06:12 AM   #3
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Even if it was legal in your state, this is a bad idea as Airstream frames were not designed for this.

Sure you could probably get away with doing it, until the moment you couldn't.
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Old 04-05-2015, 06:51 AM   #4
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I had an AS pulling a utility trailer pass me down in SC or Ga. I was doing 65 mph. Sal
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Old 04-05-2015, 07:29 AM   #5
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AS not designed to tow anything. People do it, but not designed and probably would be a disaster with that much weight. If you have a pick up put the bike in back.
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Old 04-05-2015, 07:35 AM   #6
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Pulling trailer behind and Airstream?

If the unit is set up with its own braking system, maybe this could work. But you better understand the concept of forward only. To back a tandom requires a huge amount of skill and experience.

The real issue is what does this weight do at a point so far behind the rotational center of your AS. In an emergency, this is a disaster without an extremely well thought out braking/control set up. And, sway control on the second trailer????

The solution may be this: On a dually TV, set up a rack for the motorcycle which is attached to the TV and uses swivel wheels to handle the weight. Attach the AS behind this with a very careful geometry set up. Or work out a way to put the moto in the bed of the dually.

And, when you get all this figured out, let me know so I can take my Suzuki DR650 with me when i pull my AS.
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Old 04-05-2015, 07:38 AM   #7
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Not sure about the legality of double towing 2 trailers. I'm sure some states will allow it but I have never seen it done in my cross-country travels each year. What I have seen, primarily in the West, is a TV with a 5th wheel towing a trailer. Even though these are very long rigs, the frames of a 5th wheel are very stout and can handle the load of the rear trailer.

I doubt that any monocoque constructed Airstream trailer, with their minimal frame strength, will remain viable for long with a rear hitch that tows a second trailer. Folks have damaged Airstreams with just a bike rack or rear storage pod.
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Old 04-05-2015, 07:53 AM   #8
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I have seen it done more than once. Doesn't mean it is recommended. I have seen enough rear end damage on Airstreams that didn't tow anything that I wouldn't even want to consider risking it. Airstream does/did make a toy hauler that would take a motorcycle in the back.

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I've seen many towing doubles but never an Airstream. Just a few weeks ago at a Edisto Bch. State Park in South Carolina I saw a 30' Airstream towed by a Dodge dually P/U. They had a cap on the truck with a rack on top with kayaks and a rack off the front with a medium sized motorcycle on it. Looked pretty level and stable but the front seemed to hang a bit low. Not sure how all this translated into weight distribution though. Might be an option worth looking into.
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:50 AM   #10
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Another case of just because you can does not mean you should.
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You might just consider having your spouse/partner drive the tow vehicle while you drive the motorcycle to your camping location (or the reverse.) A whole lot simpler and a whole lot safer.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:40 PM   #12
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A$ frames are no where near able to handle the flex and load of a 300 lb. total trailer and load.. They don't have the gussets in place and throw a lot of that tong whip into the shell... Yes a few mile here and there but in time it would not be a nice job to go into and fix later.. MHO.. ( shell off..) Sodbust
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A while back my family and I were very into ATVs (two Honda Pilots to be exact) which we would take every weekend to the Pismo Dunes in CA. We had a '99 40' Fleetwood Avion FW and a '99 Dodge 3500 Diesel TV. We towed a 15' utility tag trailer behind the FW. It was an insanely long setup. Longer than every big rig on the road. Now that I've gone Class A if I want to tow the utility trailer it means someone has to drive the Hummer separately and tow it behind. I won't lie if would be nice if I could tow it all at once but last I checked that's illegal. Am I still correct on that?

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It varies by state, LucasS....we can do it in some of our western states, but never seen it done along the east coast or the southeast. I have a 40 year old 15ft Grumman sportcanoe on a light trailer (tongue weight about 40 lbs) that I would love to tow behind my little 20ft FC...but when I asked this question on this forum a couple of months ago all the advice was against it...Signed " Easily Intimidated"
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