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Old 07-24-2003, 07:20 AM   #15
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Old 07-24-2003, 07:28 AM   #16
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Re: air hitch

Originally posted by cadonnelly
I have pulled the Airstream 1600 miles and can't see that the interior is being rearranged much. Some doors pop open but I think they may have regardless of the truck used to pull it. Chuck
Hi, Chuck...

For comparison, I pull my 34' with my Excursion and have left (not intentionally) water in the dog's dish. It didn't slosh out. I haven't had any cabinets 'pop open' on the road either. I've left small, light items on both the dinette table and the kitchen counter and they're in or nearly in the same location when I've stopped 200 miles down the road. I'm constantly amazed at how little things move going down the road.

If you're experiencing cabinet doors 'popping open' regularly, and things are moving around at all, you may have an issue.

It would be interesting if any other 34' owners could chime in here and let us know what their experience has been.


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Old 07-24-2003, 07:48 AM   #17
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The way to hook into the 3KW from the truck requires 5 things. A short 30 amp cord, a shore power connector like on a boat, some 30- amp romex, a 30 amp transfer relay, and time.

Wire the 30 amp romex to the shore connector at front of the rig and inside along the roadside to the AC power distibution panel. There is room to do this under and thru cabinets. You will have to take some of the interior apart, but it can be done and is far easier than pulling the belly pan.

Wire the current shore power and the aux feed from the truck into the transfer switch and the transfer switch into the original main panel breaker.

When you have shore power the feed to the truck will be out of the loop, and if you power from the truck the shore power cord will not be hot. Safety first!
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Old 07-24-2003, 08:01 AM   #18
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What I would do with the electric, is run a plastic conduit with #10 wire back to the rear of the trailer on the outside of the belly pan, you could put a 30 Amp RV outlet in where your shore line is stowed and just plug it in. Put an appropriate connector pigtail on the front that will mate with your existing setup. Will that 3000 watt inverter start and run your AC? That's a slick generator setup, I like it.

Femuse, another member here, had problems with doors and even mirrors breaking in their A/S pulled by a 4700 International with air ride suspension on the rear. I believe they did purchase some sort of air ride receiver hitch for their unit, after they purchased a 1992 30' Airstream.

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Old 07-24-2003, 09:01 AM   #19
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In regards to the subject, I can say first hand that you need to be keenly aware of the weights and the tire selections with weight capacities. I have seen several rigs in my day that have had under rated tires installed.

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Old 07-24-2003, 12:04 PM   #20
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trailer ride quality

I have heard others talk about the ride quality and being able to leave things on a table etc. The previous owner always took the TV off of the stand, and they had a microwave that was aftermarket and the had to wedge it in with paper towels to keep it in place. Also the rear drawers on the between bed vanity would pop open on them. They pulled with a Suburban or Tahoe.

I am concerned because when going down the road that trailer is bobbing up and down, doesn't sway or move from side to side. Understand that my truck weighs around 17,000 lbs with bed and batteries, probably a little more with full tanks, so I don't feel the trailer very often.

Perhaps some of my ride issues have to do with this particular trailer. Since this is my first trailer I have absolutely no way to compare to what is "should" ride like.

My truck is not from Larry Z, I bought it a year and half ago from Bennett's in Salt Lake City.

Thanks for the tips on the power cord, seems like the operative words are always "it will be easier than opening the belly pan" probably a messge there.

re tires, I bought 8 ply e rated trailer tires. I should be way under capacity if the loads are distributed fairly uniformily.

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There are a couple posts in the forums about too much tow rig (in reguards to suspension) The stiff suspension is brutal on the trailer according ot Andy our resident Airstream dealer. You might als read through the forms on information about the axles. The rubber in the axle tube that acts as the springs will become compressed and loose it's spring as well as alow the trailer to sit lower then intended. The posts have information on what to look for.

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