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Old 10-18-2008, 12:30 PM   #43
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Brian,

Our Airstream is a 2004 30' Classic Slide Out. The lights above the door you mention were there from the factory. This is the only trailer I have seen two lights mounted over the door. Surprisingly everyone notices it. I was once told by an Airstream Service Center worker that on occasion if there is a blemish in the aluminum or someone has a small dent in the skin of the trailer they will place a light there to hide it. Don't know how true the story is but makes for good conversation.

One other advantage we have found with the one ton truck is the ability to carry a lot of stuff without overloading the trailer. If you subtract the empty weight of your trailer from the max weight you will notice that the useful load can be very small. Having the extra capacity truck allows you to store additional items in the bed of the truck without overloading the combined units.

Also GM makes a nice roof rack for the large cab pickups that I have found very handy. We can can carry two kayaks without exceeding the rack weight limits.
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Old 10-18-2008, 12:32 PM   #44
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Responses on air ride add on

You will probably get a lot of responses on this...

IMHO...I would never ADD air ride with the idea of improving towability.
(replacing original susp).
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Old 10-18-2008, 02:18 PM   #45
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I'm not planning on adding air ride for towability but for ride comfort when solo.
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Old 10-18-2008, 02:33 PM   #46
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Our friends have them on their cadillac SUV and have had them blow out 3 times... in 70,000 miles.
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Old 10-18-2008, 02:56 PM   #47
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I would really hold off on buying a 1 ton,if you say you are happy with the power of your 1/2 ton. I really would go with the Hensley and your truck and see how it preforms. A F250 or GM 2500 would also be great. I would stay away from Shortbeds,not enough wheelbase.
We tow with a F350/7.3 Longbed .This was a case of having the horse before the wagon. So We didn't have much choice. However We love our F350 crew longbed. We use a Reese Straightline (dualcam) its and older model with 500lb bars. Which with the 1ton supension gives us just the right flexibility and gives us a LINCOLN Smooth ride.
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Old 10-18-2008, 04:51 PM   #48
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Our friends have them on their cadillac SUV and have had them blow out 3 times... in 70,000 miles.
Jason,
Am I correct in assuming your talking about the bags in the air suspension.

They are just not something I would be comfartable with in a TV.
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Yep, those things don't have shocks.... It's kinda scary if you ask me... They were up in the mountains with the ATV's and blew the rear right side.... Rough ride out, without the trailer....
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Old 10-18-2008, 05:15 PM   #50
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I would really hold off on buying a 1 ton,if you say you are happy with the power of your 1/2 ton. I really would go with the Hensley and your truck and see how it preforms. A F250 or GM 2500 would also be great. I would stay away from Shortbeds,not enough wheelbase.
We tow with a F350/7.3 Longbed .This was a case of having the horse before the wagon. So We didn't have much choice. However We love our F350 crew longbed. We use a Reese Straightline (dualcam) its and older model with 500lb bars. Which with the 1ton supension gives us just the right flexibility and gives us a LINCOLN Smooth ride.
Well, I've only pulled the AS from the dealer in Ohio to my home near Toronto and power seemed ok, no problem pulling at 65mph (except a bit of sway started in at that speed from time to time.)

On the other hand it is pretty much flat as p*ss on a plate for thw whole journey! Things will be different on our winter trips thru new Mexico, Arizona etc., that's why I'm thinking that the 1/2T won't likely cut it power wise.

I know what you mean about the advantage of a longer wheelbase, but it just won't be practical as a daily driver - along with a crew cab.

My present truck is a short box, extended cab, and the sway was pretty minimal - might even had eliminated it by tightening up on my sway bar a little. As well, it only seemed to happen above 65mph, and from what I read, my AS tires are only rated for 65mph anyway, so I should slow down a tad!

From everything I hear, the Hensley I have bought should address the sway nicely on either my present truck or a larger version - it better for what it cost me!

Cheers ....... Brian.
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One draw back is cab height, requires step bars to get into and out of the truck easily. Best of luck with your decision.
There is a little ol lady in my town with a big mother truck. She travels with an old wooden box used as a step to get in and out of the truck. The box is tied to a rope so she can raise and lower the box.
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I tow a 34 footer with a F-250 diesel with a Reese hitch and see no reason to go to a F-350, or switch to a Hensley, I'm sure a Hensley is a fine hitch, but I have no sway issues at all with the Reese and I've towed in 35 and 40 mph crosswinds out in New Mexico. I have a 100 gallon auxiliary fuel tank in the back of the truck and when it's full, the 250 still rides level as can be and quite smoothly too. I tow at 65 mph, sometimes a tad more... :-) My next truck will be another F-250, if I can ever wear this one out.
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Old 10-18-2008, 06:09 PM   #53
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There is a little ol lady in my town with a big mother truck. She travels with an old wooden box used as a step to get in and out of the truck. The box is tied to a rope so she can raise and lower the box.
Now there's a thought - lots cheaper than those stainless tubular jobs!

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Absolutely no rivet problems, 1,000 lb bars, no sway control - but excellent stability due to duals, a touch of added blowout security (four rear wheels), and a joy to drive; however, I did change the rear spring pack to an alternate set of GM springs that levelled the truck and cushioned the ride somewhat, while reducing the capacity by about 2,000 lbs. 65,000 miles on the odometer now - split around 50/50 between towing and solo highway driving. The only real insurmountable problem might be too small of a garage! I weigh and run the duals at a reduced pressure, 50 psi light and 55 psi loaded - which is still a higher pressure than what Goodyear recommends for the load. Theoretically I could run at 45 psi - the minimum recommended by Goodyear but I've been getting excellent "across the tread" wear at the pressures mentioned. My rear duals are the original set - which I'll probably replace due to age rather than wear. I love the dually and, aside from the obvious and ridiculous diesel fuel prices, I'd probably replace it with another dually and make the same modifications. You don't find too many unhappy dually owners that tow 30' and longer Airstreams.
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You know the problem here.. There is only one perfect TV the one you use and like. Like being the key word.. There are definitely some bad ones and we all here about those...

Good luck with your purchase....Test it first see if they will let you take it for a long drive...
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Absolutely no rivet problems, 1,000 lb bars, no sway control - but excellent stability due to duals, a touch of added blowout security (four rear wheels), and a joy to drive; however, I did change the rear spring pack to an alternate set of GM springs that levelled the truck and cushioned the ride somewhat, while reducing the capacity by about 2,000 lbs. 65,000 miles on the odometer now - split around 50/50 between towing and solo highway driving. The only real insurmountable problem might be too small of a garage! I weigh and run the duals at a reduced pressure, 50 psi light and 55 psi loaded - which is still a higher pressure than what Goodyear recommends for the load. Theoretically I could run at 45 psi - the minimum recommended by Goodyear but I've been getting excellent "across the tread" wear at the pressures mentioned. My rear duals are the original set - which I'll probably replace due to age rather than wear. I love the dually and, aside from the obvious and ridiculous diesel fuel prices, I'd probably replace it with another dually and make the same modifications. You don't find too many unhappy dually owners that tow 30' and longer Airstreams.
Well, I won't be getting the duals but hopefully the hensley will make up for that.

Appreciate the feedback. Is the modification to put in softer rear springs something that any GMC dealer should be familiar with -or easily able to get info? Presume it would not be too costly a modification - under $1k?

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