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Old 12-11-2013, 07:49 AM   #1
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Winter Adventure- going to Michigan for a 34

I am leaving today from Lynchburg, VA driving to Snowshoe, WV to pick up some stuff at a ski resort and on to Vassar, Mi to pick up a 34' (1995). Before I can actually tow the 34' I need to replace the wheels and tires, have the brakes and bearings serviced, install two batteries, install a new Hensley hitch and do whatever else might be needed to prepare the long Stream for the tow back to VA.

I am always up for a good adventure and road trip, I just hope this one goes reasonably well with not too many surprises before I hopefully return to Lynchburg by Friday. This may be a tall order considering all but six states have snow on the ground someplace at this time.

I am most concerned about any unknowns for this 34'. The owner is deceased. I am told that he did not have a tow vehicle. The tires are original. I believe that it has been towed and used very little in its 18 year life. The son "winterized" it. We shall see.

I will be towing it with my 08 Tundra (2wd). I have chains with me, but hope I don't need them, and certainly do not want to tow the 34' Stream in any snow. I was caught on the West Virginia turnpike in Dec 09 when a blizzard closed the highway down completely. I don't want a rerun of that.

Send some good Karma my way. I will probably need it.

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Old 12-11-2013, 08:58 AM   #2
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Good luck, Dan, and travel safely.


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Old 12-11-2013, 10:14 AM   #3
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Good luck with the trip...... being a Tundra driver myself, I have faith that you've got a great truck to at least get it home. I'm sure others will pipe up about the behemoth TV you are going to need in the long run.....

that trailer looks like it is in mint condition inside..... what a great find.

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Old 12-11-2013, 12:40 PM   #4
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That trailer looks really nice. A good cleaning and paint the wheels and it will be like new. When I first started Airstream shopping I looked at a 1988 34' Excella. I fully intended to tow it with my '07 2WD Tundra. The owner towed it with a Lincoln Navigator. I would think the tongue weight would be even lower than a 2 axle trailer because it has one more axle to bear some weight. I will always pull my 30' with my Tundra, regardless of how many folks on the forums think I need a 3/4 ton diesel...
Be careful on the road trip. Enjoy that big long silver trailer.
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:10 PM   #5
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Fill up the propane, so this time if you get caught on the turnpike, you will have a place to relax...
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:27 PM   #6
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Dan if you need a stop over in Mich. you know where we live...
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:31 PM   #7
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Good luck with what looks like a great find. We live 30 mile north east of Vassar. We have snow on the ground and are supposed to be getting more. Be safe.
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Old 12-11-2013, 05:01 PM   #8
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The trailer looks really nice & clean! Bring along some long johns too....it's just 11 degrees here in NW Indiana. Have a safe trip. 24-31-34 sounds like your girls make up pear-shaped love!
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:03 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the good thoughts.

Becky- now that is just funny. I am selling the 31 to a friend.

Sorry I have not posted until now- have not had internet. I stayed on top of a mountain yesterday at Snowshoe, WV. It was 7 degrees this morning with the wind blowing about 30 mph!

I made it to my sisters house today in Milan, Mi., about 90 miles south of Vassar, Mi.

Life is throwing some more curves. The truck place that was going to service the bearings for me can not do it until Sat or Monday. That won't work. So in addition to installing the batteries, the new tires and the Haha I will need to service the bearings. I have done this before, but it has been a while, so I don't feel very confident. Anyone know of a good step by step procedure or utube video that you could send my way. I would appreciate it.

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Old 12-12-2013, 10:49 PM   #10
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thru Ohio?

If you are cutting through NE Ohio, you are welcome to stop over. We have courtesy parking and tools if you should need them.
Have some supplies with you when traveling up here. Our temps have been in the teens and are expected to remain cold and icy.
Have a safe trip!
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:43 AM   #11
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Loudruff- Thanks for the offer, probably heading down thru Columbus way, but we shall see. Depends on the weather.

Goshawks00- Thanks for the offer of parking the Airstream on your land until spring or at least much better weather. I really don't want to tow it in snow. We shall see.

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Would appreciate a video on bearing maintenance for an Airstream if anyone knows of one. Headed to Vassar now where it is snowing and 23 degrees- can't wait to grease the bearings, all 6 of them, on Friday the 13th, where it is snowing and 23 degrees.

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Would appreciate a video on bearing maintenance for an Airstream if anyone knows of one. Headed to Vassar now where it is snowing and 23 degrees- can't wait to grease the bearings, all 6 of them, on Friday the 13th, where it is snowing and 23 degrees.
Here's a video on trailer bearing maintenance. Not Airstream, but then again, I don't think there's anything unique about the bearings on an Airstream trailer versus those on other trailers.
How-to guide on packing trailer bearings - YouTube
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:54 AM   #13
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Go' head on and git that beautiful long silver trailer!
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:57 AM   #14
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I'm curious.
Boat trailers usually have bearing buddies so you can give them a shot of grease after launching. Do any travel trailer owners use them? It doesn't mean you don't repack, but it will keep them full and the spring loaded nature of them will help keep out moisture.
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