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Old 12-06-2012, 04:49 PM   #15
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Zep,

I'm towing a similar sized Airstream with a Sienna minivan and don't have the issues that you describe. I'm no expert on hitch rigging but I know a guy who is, which is why my setup works; Perhaps working on that hitch should be your first course of action.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:50 PM   #16
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Zeppelin,

What you really need is a minivan with a V6 engine....that's what all the Canadians say is THE best!
How right you are!
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:56 PM   #17
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A Propride hitch will solve your instability feelings. XL (extra load) rated tires are also needed for greatly improved stability.

The Tahoe is fine for your use, let the transmission shift to the gears you need on grades, if shifting repeatedly drop down a gear until you have where it is comfortable. If this is a 6 speed, it may be 5th gear whenever towing but that's okay. Getting a large truck just for towing would be unnecessary and your handling issues are not completely solved, only hidden until you must make a quick maneuver.

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:16 PM   #18
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I'm about halfway through reading the 71 five-star reviews on ProPride's website, and I'm afraid I might buy one before the day is over.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:21 PM   #19
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I'm about halfway through reading the 71 five-star reviews on ProPride's website, and I'm afraid I might buy one before the day is over.
I'm not saying you shouldn't get the ProPride, but definitely have a look at your tires and their inflation pressure first or in addition.

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Old 12-06-2012, 05:23 PM   #20
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We felt the same way pulling our SOB even with an F150. We bought a diesel Ram crew cab and haven't looked back. Your hitch is likely made by Progressive Mfg / Equal-i-zer but I am not familiar with its specs - is it adjusted properly?
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I'm not saying you shouldn't get the ProPride, but definitely have a look at your tires and their inflation pressure first or in addition.

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We checked all eight tires (four on TT and four on TV) before our trip. They were perfect. I don't know if I have the E-rated ones, though. I'll look when I get home.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:25 PM   #22
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I'm about halfway through reading the 71 five-star reviews on ProPride's website, and I'm afraid I might buy one before the day is over.
If you have questions, call Sean at Propride. His knowledge and willingness to share it is exemplary. I bought a used Hensley and he has been most helpful even though it is a competitive product.

For that reason alone, let alone the fact that his design is just evolutionarily better, I will buy from him next time. Quality folk.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:58 PM   #23
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Getting a large truck just for towing would be unnecessary and your handling issues are not completely solved, only hidden until you must make a quick maneuver.doug k
This blurb from Doug gets my vote for...... "Quote of the day".
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Zeppelin,

What you really need is a minivan with a V6 engine....that's what all the Canadians say is THE best!

The minivan works great for hauling the sled dogs in the summer...they like to camp to!


Seriously...if you have not already checked out the ProPride thread, it's good reading as well especially if you get to the point of installation.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ide-57179.html
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:32 PM   #25
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The minivan works great for hauling the sled dogs in the summer...they like to camp to!


Seriously...if you have not already checked out the ProPride thread, it's good reading as well especially if you get to the point of installation.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ide-57179.html
I haven't seen this thread. Thank you.
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I tow (only a couple of times) with a similar set up to you.
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Here's what I've done to make it decent (freeway and moderate hills)

1. Air up the rear tires! You're probably driving around on 32lbs of pressure, your rear tires should probably be inflated close to max pressure if you're dropping 500 extra lbs on the axle
2. adjust your WD hitch properly (and if you have autoleveling like me, there are specific steps to follow). you want to move weight forward, but not so far that you unload the tongue of the trailer. lots of articles/advice on here for how to do this
3. Don't exceed 62 MPH. YOur tires aren't rated for it on the AS. I found I was going 65 a few times
4. While being mindful of your GVW, consider making sure there is some tongue weight in your AS. I run with the propane bottles partially to totally full and with the freshwater tank full to throw a few hundred lbs forward of the trailer axles

I didn't have any sway/fishtail on my adventure and I don't have any sway control (just WD). I was passed by semi's etc a bunch of time oncoming and in my direction of travel and would feel them, but not feel sway.

I would second the notion to investigate a good hitch, I don't have anything great, but there are several PPP, Hensley, or the new $500 Anderson that people here swear by. If I start seeing sway, that will be my first stop before I buy antoher $50K vehicle.

Best of luck! i'm pretty new to this stuff too, but these things worked for me.

Also, make sur eyou are in "tow/haul mode" and take it out of overdrive. I lost a couple MPG, but it was a lot easier on the engine/tranny.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:42 PM   #27
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No fancy WD system is going to change dropping down to 45 mph in the Hill Country. It is hills not mountains. Your vehicle is too weak for the weight you are towing(as you already know and are looking for confirmation of).
You talked about it swaying at higher speeds. That is because you have too much tongue weight. Adjusting the WD system you do have, is only going to marginally help that. This might sound counter, but, put some water in the tank and it will sway less.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:52 PM   #28
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I've got to agree with Frank. I know you're trying to make all the right compromises between a commuter and a TV but it all comes down to weight. Your TV is rated right at the weight of your trailer. As much as we try to lighten the load and pack sparingly they all gain weight. I think you can make a lot of progress with hitch adjustment or even a new hitch but in the end, if you want a bullet proof combo, you have to go with weight and power in a TV.
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