Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-21-2008, 08:25 AM   #15

2003 25' Classic
Zanadude Nebula , Milky Way
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 11,350
Images: 1

Welcome Aboard.....

The first thing you might try is softer bars, with the TV (forum speak for tow vehicle) you have you could probably use the lightest available.
Keep that Airstream perfectly level.


Sandra wanted to go to Cleveland on vacation,
but I’m the Husband, so we went to Cleveland. 😂

Step aside Starbucks, this is a job for alcohol.
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2008, 08:44 AM   #16
Rivet Master
Mikethefixit's Avatar
1977 27' Overlander
Trotwood , Ohio
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,153
Send a message via Yahoo to Mikethefixit
We tow our 27ft Overlander with the truck indicated on the lower left corner. We have a old style Reese Straightline Dual Cam, the bars are 550 lbs bars or 1" square. We get a very soft ride on both truck and trailer. We have no problems with rough ride. I run 6 links under tension cause thats all the links there are. I have tried 5 links under tension the ride is really bad . REMEMBER the TAIL IS IN THE SCALE. Weigh your truck empty and then the combo spliting each axle to find where the weight is . The results may suprise you.Damage like U are showing I'm sure is the product of an over HITCH situation. Of course I would not rule out some design flaw.

Roger & MaryLou
7.3 liter Power Stroke Diesel
1977 27ft OVERLANDER
AIR # 22336 TAC- OH-7
May your roads be straight and smooth and may you always have a tailwind!
Mikethefixit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2008, 09:08 AM   #17
4 Rivet Member
Currently Looking...
holland , Michigan
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 436
Images: 1
This has been discussed before and as we have progressed the 250 and 350 series trucks with diesel power have been the choice of the forum. It has also been well warned by Inland Andy and other experts that for most of the Airstream line, a properly set up modern 1/2 ton truck is all that is needed for our rigs. I have a reese dual cam with 600lb bars on 5 links and the test is very simple. When all set up jump up and down on the rear bumper. If you do not have at least 3 inches of travel, then you are over rigged. I was parked next to similar 28 on this last cross country voyage and he complained of all the damage he was having with appliances etc. He had a 2500 HD GMC and a Hensley. We left at about the same time and i jumped on his back bumper. Could not move it! He jumped on mine and the whole rig went up and down like on a cloud. Needless to say, it was obvious.

Another test is a wavy road. At times it feels like the whole rig is floating. The trucks suspension is working hard and not sending shock to the A/S. I know you guys love your diesels, and for some reason many think taking a gasser up to 3500 rpm is hurting it on long grades. I submit to all that is not the case, and a new gas 1/2 ton set up for the job will be a great daily driver and tow your rig cross country like I have over 4 times in just over 1 year with no long term issues. Maybe for the 34 triple axle rigs it is required, even then, check your trucks ability to absorb the bumps in the road.
safari 28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2008, 10:18 PM   #18
2 Rivet Member
Currently Looking...
Red Deer , Alberta
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 36
Originally Posted by Silvertwinkie View Post
I am seriously considering getting one of those air hitches before the start of next season, even though I only have a 2500. It's been said these can help reduce the harshness of ride, but one of my concerns is that the hitch rides on an air bag. Though I believe these are heavy duty air bags, I question if the bag could ever blow or leak making the hitch unusable?
Check out the rear end of a semi-truck sometime. Most of them ride on air, and with the trailers. They have a very good reliability record.
canadianguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2008, 05:44 AM   #19
Rivet Master
1977 31' Sovereign
1963 26' Overlander
1989 34' Excella
Johnsburg , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,941
If I were you I would do a trial run without the bars. You really do not need them. Equalizer 1000 pound bars are much more rigid that Reese bars of the same rating. If it is still to rough, look into lowering the spring rate of the truck. The easy low cost way to run the experiment is to drop the spring rate of the tires by lowering the pressure for a trial. If you are running the 70 psi recommended pressure for the tires on the dually, drop the pressure ten pounds (check the website to make sure your still within load rating of the tires) and rerun the trial. If you find there is a signifigant improvement, it is your choise to either continue to run the lower pressure or buy some lighter weight rear springs.
dwightdi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2008, 09:25 AM   #20
Tramp Streamer
Commercial Member
ArtStream's Avatar
1995 28' Excella
Artist , at Large
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 2,002
Images: 65
Blog Entries: 1
After repairing front end separation from the previous owner I installed a Class 5 Air Hitch, dropped the E-350 dually tires to 60 psi, changed out the 1000 lb reese dule cam bars to 700 lbs.

60,000 latter all is well.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	astream06sm.jpg
Views:	65
Size:	34.6 KB
ID:	70721  

ArtStream is offline   Reply With Quote

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
"Heavy-Half Ton" Pickup Trucks hex Tow Vehicles 7 05-02-2013 12:49 PM
Mileage for gas trucks vs diesel trucks? mrchinup1 On The Road... 126 04-21-2008 06:43 AM
Tornado Watches and Warnings.. Happycampers On The Road... 12 03-02-2007 08:54 PM
weight distributing bars/trunnion bars teutonik Hitches, Couplers & Balls 2 12-04-2003 06:58 AM
small trucks ALANSD Our Community 3 05-08-2002 05:01 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:57 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

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