Originally Posted by foodstream
Good morning airstreamers,
I am wondering if a specific drive train is better than others for pulling. Does wheel base of the vehicle matter? I am planning on building a 1952 chevy COE to pull the trailer. The GVW of the truck is 16000. I plan to weld on a trailer ball to the frame and reinforce the hitch points. Since it was meant to pull heavy loads and be a farm truck, I cant imagine it being a problem.
Most of the experience here is with modern tow vehicles and lighter trucks. Modern trailer brakes require a 12 volt
alternator, so that's a conversion to consider if it has not already been performed.
Both the stiffness of the rear springs, and the lack of shock absorbers, could lead to an excessively stiff ride for the trailer and, possibly, separation of the front shell and frame.
Wheelbase does matter and if yours is much under 150" or so it would raise questions.
I am looking for a trailer between 17 and 21 ft long. Any opinions on which model? I plan to gut it and turn it into a mobile food vending truck. What is the weight load of a stock 1 axle trailer vs tandem? I plan on driving this trailer daily and need something that will handle the abuse of NYC roads. Thoughts?
In those lengths the trailers are single axle.
There is some information on the dimensions and weights for trailers of various years here:
airstreamguy.com - ** Airstream Lengths, Weights and Tongue Weight