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Old 10-14-2015, 07:56 AM   #1
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Too much truck ? .......

Would my 2015 GMC Sierra K 2500 SLT (Diesel) be to "much" truck to pull our 1974 21' Globe trotter; single axle????

I have owned a single axle Airstream and the ride is not as smooth as I remember.

I have noticed the difference when backing up a single axle.

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Old 10-14-2015, 07:59 AM   #2
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That truck will have a pretty stiff suspension for such a light trailer...
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Plenty of truck.

Get yourself a hitch attachment...don't recall name exactly....

Here is one style.. There are others...
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Old 10-14-2015, 09:10 AM   #4
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To much truck?....

I have the Reese dual cam hp that was used on the other trailers.

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Would my 2015 GMC Sierra K 2500 SLT (Diesel) be to "much" truck to pull our 1974 21' Globe trotter; single axle????

I have owned a single axle Airstream and the ride is not as smooth as I remember.

I have noticed the difference when backing up a single axle.

Dave
Dave.

Your truck would tow the Queen Mary.

Keep in mind, years ago Airstream travel trailers even 31 feet long, were towed with standard sized cars. Your vehicle is way to tough for an Airstream.

The test is simple. When hooked up, ready to tow, stand on the coupler and bounce up and down. Ideally, the trailer tongue should move vertically an inch or two. I doubt that your set up move move more than a quarter of an inch.

Also, the rating of your hitch bars, should be as low as is available, and that's the best you can do. Having a full sway control is still necessary.

Lastly, you should make sure that the trailer has balanced running gear. The latest technology available that allows you to do that is with Centramatic balancers. They go into effect when you hit 25 mph. Most importantly, as the tires wear, those balancers automatically keep adjusting.

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I have the Reese dual cam hp that was used on the other trailers.

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The air hitch fits between... There are other models by "Air safe" or similar name to "soften impact" transmission fro TV to AS.
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Here is the "new" link "Airsafe hitches".. I Guess they sold to a conglomerate?? But you can see some Intel here:
Air Hitches For Sale, Buy Trailer Hitches | AirSafe Hitches
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Old 10-14-2015, 10:06 AM   #8
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It will be fine. I pull a 25 with a 2500 diesel and the Reece hitch. Get the softest bars you can find. 800 or 600.
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Too much truck? Nonsense.
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Heavy duty trucks can be tough on any Airstream. Read the threads about loose hinges, screws stripping out, cabinets falling, rivets breaking, drawers coming out, then note the tow vehicle being used. It may not be universal, but there's a strong coincidence.
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I think you will be just fine. I pull a 27' International with a Ford F-350. Yes, it is a pretty stiff ride on rough roads, but when I need the power it is there. I have a drop hitch using a Blue Oak equalizer. Haven't had any problems to date and having been pulling it for a year. Best of Luck...
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Slow mover!

I tow like an old lady, not like the Little Old Lady from Pasadena.

A heavy duty truck the problem? OR perhaps someone using all of the horsepower and torque that the heavy duty truck provides. Pull any Airstream at 70 or more MPH and you're going to have to go OVER potholes, not around them. Many roads, interstates or not, are in horrible shape, and in bad sections I slow down enough to keep my EB from bouncing like a pogo stick.

If you're towing with a half ton, or an SUV, you might not be able to achieve those high speeds, but with a 3/4 ton it's "like it isn't even there". If you drive like it isn't even there and are trying to set land speed records for towing an Airstream, even an SUV will rattle the trailer.
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Dave.

Your truck would tow the Queen Mary.

Keep in mind, years ago Airstream travel trailers even 31 feet long, were towed with standard sized cars. Your vehicle is way to tough for an Airstream.

The test is simple. When hooked up, ready to tow, stand on the coupler and bounce up and down. Ideally, the trailer tongue should move vertically an inch or two. I doubt that your set up move move more than a quarter of an inch.

Also, the rating of your hitch bars, should be as low as is available, and that's the best you can do. Having a full sway control is still necessary.

Lastly, you should make sure that the trailer has balanced running gear. The latest technology available that allows you to do that is with Centramatic balancers. They go into effect when you hit 25 mph. Most importantly, as the tires wear, those balancers automatically keep adjusting.

Andy
I certainly remember the old cars which were large, heavy, and had large unsmogged V-8 engines. They really needed the equalizer WD hitches, and had a long distance from back axle to hitch. Their transmissions were prone to failure even with add on auxiliary trans coolers. Or if with manual transmissions, replacing clutches in small towns. I remember those old days and don't want to go back. I have never bought a tow vehicle and said, gosh I wish I had a small engine and a lighter TV, and fewer gears. I'v been towing since 1971, and since 1999 with a Suburban K2500 7.4L and I wish I had more than 4 forward gears, and maybe a diesel, but my old GMC is still running strong and paid for, so for now we are good to go. Yes, the original writer could switch to lighter WD bars, and if he wants to sell his tow vehicle and get a half ton that would certainly work too, and many of us might want to buy his 3/4 ton diesel!!
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Would my 2015 GMC Sierra K 2500 SLT (Diesel) be to "much" truck to pull our 1974 21' Globe trotter; single axle????

I have owned a single axle Airstream and the ride is not as smooth as I remember.

I have noticed the difference when backing up a single axle.

Dave
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