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Old 11-03-2014, 10:40 PM   #1
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Hey all! I have a 1981 4x4 Isuzu Luv Truck and am looking at airstream trailers to tow with it. Important questions:

1. Can you recommend a make/model of Airstream trailer that would be within the capacities of my Luv Truck?
2. Will I need air bags for ride comfort?
3. The sticker inside the door says my GVWR is 5600 lbs. Will I be able to have slideouts?
5. Are you still reading?
6. Will a Hensley Hitch make me look fat?
7. Will braided brake lines help me stop faster?

Thanks for your help and insightful comments that I'm sure will all be factual and un-opinionated.

PS - Please point out any safety issues I may have overlooked.
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Old 11-03-2014, 11:23 PM   #2
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Hey all! I have a 1981 4x4 Isuzu Luv Truck and am looking at airstream trailers to tow with it. Important questions:

1. Can you recommend a make/model of Airstream trailer that would be within the capacities of my Luv Truck?
2. Will I need air bags for ride comfort?
3. The sticker inside the door says my GVWR is 5600 lbs. Will I be able to have slideouts?
5. Are you still reading?
6. Will a Hensley Hitch make me look fat?
7. Will braided brake lines help me stop faster?

Thanks for your help and insightful comments that I'm sure will all be factual and un-opinionated.

PS - Please point out any safety issues I may have overlooked.
I hope you are mocking some of the questions on here because the answer to your question is NONE!!!!!!
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Old 11-03-2014, 11:26 PM   #3
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That's funny!

You could hang an Airstream Christmas Tree ornament from the bumper..

Seriously... You really attempt towing a T@B or similar... then realize the AS will be much more challenging.
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Old 11-04-2014, 05:58 AM   #4
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I think if you put a Hensley Hitch in the box you will be at max payload.
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:37 AM   #5
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Old 11-04-2014, 08:46 AM   #6
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An actual attempt to answer your questions, if you are serious.

1. "Can you recommend a make/model of Airstream trailer that would be within the capacities of my Luv Truck?"

Any 16' Airstream, but no larger and then you might not like towing it.

2. "Will I need air bags for ride comfort?
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Yes, they would help.

3. "The sticker inside the door says my GVWR is 5600 lbs. Will I be able to have slideouts?"

No.

5. "Are you still reading?"

Yes, I'm enjoying it.

6. "Will a Hensley Hitch make me look fat?
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No, but it will make your rig lower and longer. (they are too heavy for you)

7. "Will braided brake lines help me stop faster?"

Now I know you are not serious, but the answer is no.
It was good for me, how about you?
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:00 AM   #7
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If the hitch ball is bolted to the bumper, it will tow much better.

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I was thinking the hitchball should be on the rear view mirror...
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:41 AM   #9
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No, you NEED a 3/4 tonne or 1 tonne dually diesel pickup to pull ANY airstream and a Hensley is required or anything above a 5mph wind will induce unrecoverable sway. The great advantage to the pickup is that when not towing you'll have a large compartment to store your lunch box to/from to work and the ladder needed to get into the cab. They also have the wonderful ability to just plow through an accident instead of being able to avoid them and making friends with the local gas station attendant is made much easier due to frequent visits.
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:14 PM   #10
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I never knew there was an Isuzu Luv. I thought it was Isuzu P'up or Chevy Luv- same truck either way-
I know someone is being silly, but a P'up/Luv might tow a 16' Airstream.
I pulled utility trailers, cargo trailers, and horse trailers (albeit not very fast and it didn't climb hills well) with a 1987 Mazda B2000-
I would have pulled a 16' Airstream with that Mazda.

Does your Luv have a Prodigy, Hayes, or Tekonsha brake controller?
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Old 11-04-2014, 01:43 PM   #11
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Does your Luv have a Prodigy, Hayes, or Tekonsha brake controller?
I'm not sure what you mean. My brake controller is my right foot.....so maybe it's by Nike?
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I'm not sure what you mean. My brake controller is my right foot.....so maybe it's by Nike?
My guess that will end this thread ?
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Old 11-04-2014, 04:35 PM   #13
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My guess that will end this thread ?
Too much of a good thing?
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Does your Luv have a 4 speed or 5 speed?
Do you have to leave it in third gear to tow?
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