It's difficult to find an Airstream that actually requires a truck to tow it. That's the proper order in which to sequence the thread topic.
But those who insist on carrying a heavy load in a given TV give themselves to this dilemma.
Not only potential damage to a trailer that, new, is worth far more than the TV, but would otherwise have an indefinite lifespan. Couple that to the statistically poor performance of a pickup in handling, steering and braking and one has rather defeated the (otherwise) one time purchase of an RV, and made every mile of travel more difficult and risk prone.
Better to re-think assumptions about travel in this manner. Band aids aren't the way to go.
Full time with four seasons of gear? That's where a pickup starts to make sense. Not really otherwise.
1990 35' Silver Streak Sterling
; 9k GVWR.
2004 DODGE Cummins 305/555; 6-manual; 9k GVWR.
Hensley Arrow. 9-cpm solo, 15-cpm towing
Sold: Silver Streak Model 3411