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Old 08-15-2011, 06:10 PM   #15
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Here's my 2 cents. I pull a 1990 Excella 34' with a Dodge Dakota 4 W/D and V8. I had my TV set up by CanAm, and while I go slower uphill, I haven't had a problem taking my AS where I want to go.

Might does not necessarily make right. Get your TV and AS properly set up by someone who knows.
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:10 PM   #16
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Even my 2008 F-250 bounces a little with our Classic 30 with S/O, but I added a set of Firestone air rides with the compressor and just set it on 60 lbs and rides great. I also have the Equalizer hitch and the air rides help in getting them situated on/off as well. I have the V-10 and 4.10 rear/Torqueshift tranny. With the small V-8 in yours, you could help the HP with a little effort and I'd bet it would work just fine for you.

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Old 08-18-2011, 10:43 PM   #17
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...... added a set of Firestone air rides with the compressor and just set it on 60 lbs and rides great. I also have the Equalizer hitch and the air rides help in getting them situated on/off as well.
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60psi does nothing to help the WD...the more pressure the more tension needed to transfer weight...scale it.

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Old 08-18-2011, 10:47 PM   #18
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Robert your right. I have air bags in my sequoia. O only run about 25 psi to help with the ride but still have my wd set up on the same link as before. Had to make some adjustments in height as the tv now sits a little higher. But just because the tv doesn't squat, doesn't mean less tension on the wd hitch.
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:41 AM   #19
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Lucy749,

We tow our 1997 34' with a F150 5.4L gas truck. Our first experience was with a Reese W/D hitch and no anti-sway. It worked, but wasn't the best. I added a ProPride hitch and it has made a world of difference. Bouncing is minimal (not anything more than the truck without the trailer) and sway has been eliminated. If you want to keep your current equipment, I suggest adding the hitch and seeing how it goes. Properly set up (including several runs through the CAT scales), it will make all the difference.
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:52 AM   #20
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Again, thank you all; collectively, you are a wealth of information, and you have helped us make another decision!! Thank you so much!

We've determined the Ford's max tow capacity to be 13,000#, and the AS weighs 9800#. We've also determined small engines need smaller tasks, so we can't fault the TV. Humans should know better. Since we are selling the AS, we've put the Ford F250 for sale, too. And who knows? As we go back and forth, there liable to be a used diesel for sale somewhere that fits our budget. Yay !! =)
Lucy,

Do I read that right?....your selling the TV and the AS!!!

Any plans for a new rig?

We need all the Aluminum on the road we can get.

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Old 08-19-2011, 09:37 AM   #21
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Sounds like you've already decided that the AS doesn't fit your style either.... I hope the truck and/or trailer go to someone who will love it.
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:55 AM   #22
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Sorry to hear that you are not happy with your Airstream/TV.

I'm sure you will have no trouble selling as there ought to be numerous people standing in line waiting for you to sell as related from an experience I had a couple of weeks ago.

I had some plumbing problems with my excella and since there were not any AS service centers close to my house I decided to take it to a reliable Big Box retailer that I have delt with in the past with my camper.

My Airstream took about a week to get fixed, in the mean time it stood patiently in the parking lot of the service center waiting for its new dump valves to be put in. When I went to pick her up the Service Manager said "were glad to get this thing out of here", he related stories of custormers that had come in to buy a new box trailer and were somehow gravitated to the AS when they saw it standing there like a polished jewel among rough cut diamonds. He told me that he would get a least 5 customers a day inquiring if the Airstream was for sale, then he ask me if I would be interested in selling it to them or trading for one of there new units. I just chuckled, and said no way.

I've had my problems with my AS just like everyone else, and it took two years to get my towing problems fixed as I set up the equilizer hitch myself according to the instructions that came with the hitch. The Dealer that was doing the work on the AS plumbing pointed out that I had not set up the hitch properly and resolved the issue for me. My first trip after the change made a world of difference, my chevy 1/2 ton pulled it like a dream.

In looking around the web I noticed the market for used Airstreams seems to have dried up and from the experience I just had with the RV dealership I see why.

I don't know what it is about aluminum, but you are either love it and except the little distractions like the plastic coat peeling or find all sorts of things to complain about it, in which case you probably find all kinds of problems with everything you own. For a lot of people its got to be a hell of a problem to trying to be perfect in a imperfect world.

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Old 08-19-2011, 02:01 PM   #23
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Been there and we are happy now. We spun around on I-70 crossing Kansas in a windstorm. At the time we had a Nissan Titan pulling our 29 foot. The important part though was that it is a 1993. We got rid of that vehicle--glad we lived to tell about it. And purchased a Ford F-350 diesel--ok we have a farm and needed for that too or we would have purchased the F-250.

First this vehicle is OVERated for what you need. It should be fine. Ours pulls and gets about 15 miles per gallon but that is diesel. What we had problems with was the fact that our axels and wheels had severe issues on our Airstream when we bought it from an older couple. They had not used it for a while. We took it to the big camping box store when we purchased to get it checked out and they said it was in good shape. Not so, and it almost killed our whole family. Look into the trailer suspension first, the truck next. Also, with a trailer that long, you need stabilizer bars. I am attaching 3 pictures I just took of our setup though we are camped and not hooked up.

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Old 08-19-2011, 03:20 PM   #24
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I'm sure that this is a silly question, but, does getting the hitch set up all perfect cause the TV to pull hills and such and drive into the wind any better? I can imagine that it would make the ride a lot more comfy, but does that make the whole rig just run down the road with more ease? e.g. not loosing so much speed on hills or during windy road conditions?
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I'm sure that this is a silly question, but, does getting the hitch set up all perfect cause the TV to pull hills and such and drive into the wind any better? I can imagine that it would make the ride a lot more comfy, but does that make the whole rig just run down the road with more ease? e.g. not loosing so much speed on hills or during windy road conditions?
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Well.....yes and know.

It really doesn't make it less stressful for the TV, ,or any easier for it to haul the load.

But you'll know when it's set up right by lack of white knuckles wrapped around the steering wheel.

It's known as piece of mind.

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