Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-18-2006, 07:48 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
1972 31' Sovereign
Encino , California
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 10
Images: 5
Question First time towing help with temp TV

Hello all.

I looked through several threads but didn't see anything pertaining to my problem.

I need to tow a 31' 72 Land Yacht a few hundred miles (300.) I was going to rent a 10' or 14' truck from u-Haul as it seems both would work (any suggestions?) I think I have the brake lights and blinkers issue figured out but I' not sure about the hitch. Some trucks have short hitches and others longer ones. There's no consistency as to which truck does or not, regardless of size. Does it really matter? Also, all those have a 2" ball. I've asked the reps/salespeople but they're not sure if it can be removed and replaced temporarily with a 2" 5/16. Does anyone have any experience with that? Finally and possibly most important, it seems the ball on their trucks is about 22' high. The hitch on the trailer is about 17' 1/2 to be level which seems like to big of a difference. I've asked all of them and none have an adjustable height trailer hitch. What to do?

Thank you for your input.

Walter
__________________

__________________
streamdreame is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2006, 08:44 PM   #2
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,191
Most U Haul trucks I have seen have had 2" balls welded to their hitches, so it's tough to mount the proper size ball on one. You might try some of the other brands of truck rentals, you may have more luck with a Penske, or Budget (formerly Ryder) truck.
Also, welcome to the forums.
__________________

__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2006, 09:56 PM   #3
3 Rivet Member
 
GoNomad's Avatar
 
1975 Argosy 28
Vintage Kin Owner
Anderson , South Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 138
Images: 5
Little help from my friends

Might want to ask around at work or maybe someone from the form living in California could help. I had my old tow vehicle break down last year at the beginning of a trip. When the tow truck driver in a flat bed tow truck came to get the truck he also had a hitch and we were able to hitch the trailer to the tow truck, at no additional cost, and get it to a place that was safe. Friends from church heard about our dilemma and let us swap our VW bug convertible for a week with their truck and we were able to save our vacation.

Hope this story helps you think out of the box. I am not very good at asking for help but I will never forget how a simple “I need some help” was so graciously answered.
__________________
Nick & Holly
1975 Argosy 28 Rear Bath 1963 Shasta Airflyte
2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 5.3L 4x4
"We've got PBS minds in a MTV world" J.B.
GoNomad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2006, 12:20 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
2007 25' Safari FB SE
Suburbia , Sunny So Cal
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 3,756
Welcome to the forums?

Go over to Galpin Ford at Roscoe and the 405 and rent a F350 (1 ton) They all come with slide in receivers. Of course they will tell you that you may not use the truck to tow. Those trucks come with a built in trailer brake system. Stop by Pep Boys or Camping world or U-Haul and get a slide in hitch with the proper sized ball and away you go.

Where are you going to get the trailer?
__________________
I'd rather be boon docking in the desert.

WBCCI 6731 FCU
AIR# 13896
CA 4
Goin camping is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2006, 01:12 PM   #5
1 Rivet Member
 
1972 31' Sovereign
Encino , California
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 10
Images: 5
Thank you all for your kind advice. I posted the towing adventure at
http://hillbillywally.blogspot.com/2...road-trip.html

: )
__________________
streamdreame is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2006, 03:28 PM   #6
3 Rivet Member
 
GoNomad's Avatar
 
1975 Argosy 28
Vintage Kin Owner
Anderson , South Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 138
Images: 5
Thanks for letting us know how it went. So many times people fail to close the loop on a thread and leave us hanging. Are you planning on leaving the AS their semi permanently? We have a 1955 Spartan Royal Manor in NC that we are in the process of turning into a cabin; sadly her traveling days are over. 40 feet long and would need too many upgrades to make camping feasible anymore.
__________________
Nick & Holly
1975 Argosy 28 Rear Bath 1963 Shasta Airflyte
2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 5.3L 4x4
"We've got PBS minds in a MTV world" J.B.
GoNomad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 04:37 PM   #7
1 Rivet Member
 
1972 31' Sovereign
Encino , California
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 10
Images: 5
My baby is still ready to roll and I may take her on a road trip now and then but she's my home away from home for the moment. I noticed as you say that some folks ask for info in the forums and never close the loop or come back once they've got what they want/need. Oh well. To me, it's basic courtesy to say thank you.
__________________
streamdreame is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 05:14 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
SteSpot's Avatar
 
1968 28' Ambassador
1982 24' Airstream 240
Ventura , California
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1,641
Images: 17
I can't see the solution to your problem. I click on your link but it just goes to a blog page and I see a blurry picture.....any clues? thanks, pj
__________________
SteSpot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 05:17 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
SteSpot's Avatar
 
1968 28' Ambassador
1982 24' Airstream 240
Ventura , California
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1,641
Images: 17
Never mind, I figured it out...thanks for posting. pj
__________________

__________________
SteSpot is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First-time towing advice? 3blessed Member Introductions 31 04-21-2010 07:12 AM
towing from tn to la... one time only, cheap nomader Shipping & Export/Import 0 12-01-2009 09:16 PM
First time towing with Prodigy controller. soldiermedic Brakes & Brake Controllers 9 05-03-2007 01:14 PM
Here's a first time towing story for you... Lotek Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 18 12-25-2004 10:05 AM
Refrigerator temp rising over time HowieE Refrigerators 17 09-23-2004 07:16 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:43 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.