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Old 02-26-2005, 12:34 PM   #1
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Off Roading Airstream

This owner really likes to "off road".

Ball height is 26 inches.

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Old 02-26-2005, 01:50 PM   #2
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Exclamation d'oh!

What the heck did this clown DO? Did he put a truck axle under there? Andy, you tease, dish the dirt!

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Old 02-26-2005, 01:59 PM   #3
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Paula.

No tease.

We shimmed the frame downward 5 inches, and then mounted a pair of new axles with a 35 degree starting angle.

The owners comment?

It would have been perfect, "IF", another 3 inches could have been added.

Gee, wonder where these off roads are that he will be traveling?

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Old 02-26-2005, 02:09 PM   #4
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Unhappy okay....

Wow, I guess Inland DOES do a lot of customized work.

How often did you have to whisper "the customer is always right" under your breath while you were doing this one? I hope you sold him the best load equalizing hitch system you have. That high center of gravity would seem to defeat all of the aerodynamics Airstream is famous for.

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Old 02-26-2005, 02:29 PM   #5
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Wouldn't raising it also raise the center of gravity? Not that it's gonna be taken on the race track or anything, but I'd think in an emergancy manuver, couldn't this be dangerous?
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Old 02-26-2005, 02:37 PM   #6
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Modifications such as this, must be done very carefully.

But "NEVER" without getting a "hold harmless agreement" signed and dated, from the owner.

This fellow is aware that he "must" travel with full water, and that because the center of gravity has been raised beyond Airstream parameters, he will encounter more sway from cross winds, etc.

We did our job, his is just beginning.

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Old 02-26-2005, 03:09 PM   #7
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Andy, I'm going out to make one more pass at buying a tow vehicle for my 22 ft CCD. All of the F-250's I've found recently are 4 wheel drive models.

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I understand towing is best done with 2 wheel drive. Since 4 wheel drive isn't full time on these, can I just use the 2 wheel drive on a 4 wheel vehicle or would I be better off buying a vehicle that doesn't have 4 WD?

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I LIKE IT!

Course my other Nick on many other Boards is OffroadK5 and I moderate ColoradoK5.com as well.

I have concidered a Straight axle for the 59 to get 3 inches.
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Paula.

I think a Ford 250 tow vehicle for your trailer, is considerable overkill.

You don't have the Queen Mary, you have a 22 foot trailer.

I would suggest you stay with a half ton Chev or Ford, equip it properly, and enjoy the travels.

A four wheel drive is certainly a poor choice for your situation.

You asked.

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Andy, I'm going out to make one more pass at buying a tow vehicle for my 22 ft CCD. All of the F-250's I've found recently are 4 wheel drive models.

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I understand towing is best done with 2 wheel drive. Since 4 wheel drive isn't full time on these, can I just use the 2 wheel drive on a 4 wheel vehicle or would I be better off buying a vehicle that doesn't have 4 WD?

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4wd on a F250 is part time. You will not be using it on paved roads. You Might use it after rain in a camp ground on grass or if you do any winter camping in the snow. Other then that you will probably never need it while you are towing your Airstream.

While I understand Andys point about the F250 being over kill as far as suspension stiffness goes. I however think that the Diesel option is well wroth it. 15mpg pull verses 10-11 of a gas and 18-20 empty verses 15 empty.
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Cool diesel

diesel is my choice for my next pickup however I havn't seen one in a 1/2 ton ... so ...its going to be 3/4 and just to let you know if I could afford to raise my trailer I would do it also just like that one.... I've drug the tail end of my trailer several times comming into or out of parking lots and I've even scraped the tonge jack ? sounds good to me... however my pockets are not that deeeeep... keep those posts comming MR. ANDY ...
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I have used my 4WD almost as much here in Florida, as I have back in Ohio.

A few weeks ago, while helping Rich and Brett with project "Vintage Thunder", I had to put my truck in 4WD to pull the project coach from beside Brett's house to park it on the concrete driveway. The sand was very dry and loose, probably why I had trouble getting traction.

There seem to be more 4WD's down here in the South, than up North.
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Some of my friends installed small rollers on their rear bumper. One
guy did it because it scraped coming out of his driveway. Another
guy did it so he could get to a mountaintop campsite without
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they are out there

"diesel is my choice for my next pickup however I havn't seen one in a 1/2 ton ... so ...its going to be 3/4 "

gotair,

those half ton diesels are out there, ya just gotta look. here is my ex tow vehicle converted to plow duty. 1997 6.5L turbo diesel chev 1500.

they were special order only, they had front bucket seats only due to front axle weight.

it pulled my 29 excella like a dream, just gets louder and smokes when going up hills! 4l80E tranny allows towing in O.D. to boot! it does an excellent job plowing snow with about 500lbs of sandbags in the back for ballast.

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