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Old 04-23-2012, 11:25 AM   #15
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I receintly returned from Fl after a 3 month vacation and on the return trip I stopped at a rest area . There was another Air Stream parked there too. I looked closer and it was a 34 foot being towed by a 2008 Buick Enclave . I couldn't believe my eyes . I talked with the owner and I was told that they have been to Alaska with it and no trouble . He just had the dealer renforce the hitch , and that's all the modification he has had done . He drives at 60 MPH and gets 11 MPG . .. He has towed this trailer for 5 years and no problems with the car . He had one of those Orange colored hitches and I'm sure that helps . I hope his trailer brakes always work because theres no stopping the trailer with the car alone. I thought to myself as I watched him motor away If he can Why am I riding into a HD truck when he can ride in such comfort . I wonder how he tows it over some of those mountain roads but he was ahead of me and I never saw him again . I am still baffeled over it .
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:45 PM   #16
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The HOPKINS brake controller is junk. Please rid yourself of it. The minimum acceptable brake controller is a Prodigy P3 (as with the WDH: less than a Dual Cam is unacceptable). There are better (as the DIRECLINK) and these are worth owning. Same as with a PRO-PRIDE or PULLRITE hitch. Dirt cheap when performance matters.

Oversize, low-quality tires (like the NITTO Grapplers) only hurt handling, braking, towing and steering, as well as fuel mileage. Premium tires last nearly forever (given a tight front end & no-slop steering) and maximize the capabilities of the machine (same for the KONI shocks: performance and ride quality).

The Steering Stabilizer is one I had on my last Dodge. They really help.

You'll do what you will, just remember that the recommendations aren't made lightly.

And once the dealer has roughed in the weight distribution hitch, we can get you dialled in with some weight scale measurements and pics . . the difference between boys and men. An observation that goes back to the 1960's is that WDH aren't properly done from 80-90% of the time or more. Don't assume the dealer is any better as very, very few actually are.

Have a great time on your trip. Pics are always good to post!!

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Old 04-23-2012, 12:51 PM   #17
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You do need to get the trailer level to tow. Tongue up a little is not good at all. You need to get a drawbar with the correct drop. Our 07 Dodge is a 4wd short bed and is pretty tall. I had to order a drawbar to get the ball low enough. We tow a 25' with the Reese Dual Cam. Look for some 600 lb bars. Gonna be a little tricky to back that short trailer with the long truck, I expect. That trailer is not going to drop the Dodge much when hitched if that helps figure the correct drop for drawbar. Less than 1 " I suspect. We got a drawbar with holes every 1" so that the ball height can be adjusted. If you are thinking about changing tires in the future that might be useful.
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Well, there isn't anything "Damn Manly" about me, and you'd probably find an engine porn mag next to my AOPA magazine, but I am buying a 2005 Dodge 5.9 l diesel as well after a lot of input more experienced than mine.

The only thing I'll equip mine with is a stepping stool to get up in the cockpit. Yes Rednax, couldn't stand it. I got the Laramie 4x4, but compromise is good, right????
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:22 PM   #19
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Well, there isn't anything "Damn Manly" about me, and you'd probably find an engine porn mag next to my AOPA magazine, but I am buying a 2005 Dodge 5.9 l diesel as well after a lot of input more experienced than mine.

The only thing I'll equip mine with is a stepping stool to get up in the cockpit. Yes Rednax, couldn't stand it. I got the Laramie 4x4, but compromise is good, right????
4WD raises op costs unnecessarily, but a good used truck is just that. Good to have.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:14 PM   #20
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Thanks again for all the advice! I like the idea of a height adjustable hitch (I've seen them in the catalogs). After this recently spending extravaganza, I don't have the $$$ right now to drop on new tires right now.

I'll take everything slow & easy on our upcoming trip to Ohio, and I'm sure everything will be fine. The truck seems to ride and handle fine, but we'll see how they do with the trailer.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:54 PM   #21
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Hey Rednax -

Thanks for the heads up on the brake controller. Looks like the one in the truck is junk. Guess the RV shop will be getting a little more of my money!

Oh well, I'm doing my part to help the economy!
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:18 AM   #22
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4WD raises op costs unnecessarily.............................

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That may be the case if you live in south Texas, However if you live where it snows much, the 4WD is pretty much necessary, unless you really like staying home.

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Old 04-24-2012, 05:00 AM   #23
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Don - My son has a '63 Ford Thunderbird that has been his project car for years. Engine is rebuilt (but out of the car), and it need a tranny and interior work. I told my wife that we should buy it from him, have it finished at a shop, and use that as our TV (the sucker probably weights around 5000 lbs!). It would be a cool match for the looks of our AS! I thought it was a fun idea. My wife gave me a look that would freeze boiling water!
I guess it would be a bit intimidating towing something that towered over your TV!
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That may be the case if you live in south Texas, However if you live where it snows much, the 4WD is pretty much necessary, unless you really like staying home.

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X2....

Plus, if you've ever been stuck with your AS.....wet grass will do it.

4WD raises op costs unnecessarily.............................
Sorry Red, not up here...you'd have a hard time convincing Buffalo's 4wd Cowboys that it's not a necessary cost.

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Now just how did your grandfathers get around without 4WD? Because somehow they did.

And how is it I can find commercial operators of pickups -- 24/7/365 -- operating in northern Canada without it today? Out onto unpaved oilfield lease roads. Many private individuals trucks are 4WD down here . . but the savvy operators dropped that years ago. Dollars matter, not ego.

No, it's an expensive luxury for an RV'er. Not at all necessary. With a pickup being an optional TV for any A/S ever made that means a better choice can be made when considering solo as well as towing miles.

There's an intersection where the numbers aren't being considered. We can make the argument that an A/S is a cheaper TT than a series of throwaway SOB's and the same approach works with the TV.

You may want it, but "to need" it is another thing altogether.

If you're towing that A/S on snow and ice, then let us know about it; what set of chains to buy for the trailer that have adequate wheelwell clearance would be a good bookmark. I'll "buy" your "needs it" argument then.


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4WD has gotten me out of trouble that I wouldn't have gotten into if I didn't have it.

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Old 04-24-2012, 09:53 AM   #27
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I don't tow in the snow....but 4WD has gotten me out of sandy dune/beach sites, wet grass and muddy sites quite a few times. 2WD with a LOCKER, might have.....2WD with limited slip or an open diff...would not have.
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"Now just how did your grandfathers get around without 4WD? Because somehow they did."

More than likely they knew their limitations....

Boundaries, we all have them, some more than others.

"see more, do more, live more."

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