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Old 01-14-2009, 10:13 PM   #15
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While still more expensive than a conventional hitch, the pivot point projection hitches are nowhere near $3,000 anymore. You can get one for $1000 less than that now. Competition and innovation in a market will always lower the price.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:19 PM   #16
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I tow a 28 nationwide with a 2008 f150. Currently on the road and in Astoria Oregon on the tail end of 6k mile run. Feel free to read past postings, most explaining to the forum how any more truck in my opinion would be doing damage to the a/s. I have put over 20 k on the a/s in just over year and half, the truck gives and absorbs the bumps unlike any vehicle. The 28 is a special size, almost the same weight as a 25 and tows fits in lots of places. Stay away from a 3/4 ton, get a good dealer to set you up as others have been saying. Good luck.
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We just bought a new Toyota Tundra 5.7L V8. We are looking at a 28' Safari. What do we need to do to our Toyota to tow our 7300lbs AS? People are trying to sell me anything and everything. Your opinions and suggestions are of most value to me since my experience is zilch, zero, nill. Lia & Bob


Bob... the short and bad news is... your overloading the PU... suggest you go look at a US made 3/4 t pu for a trailer that size. We have seen one jacknifed.. and it was not a pretty sight. I am sure someone got killed. You need a vehicle that is approved for the weights of the trailer you wanting to pull. Some places are now talking about issueing tickets if the vehicle is not rated for the pull load + load wt. It used to be that the owner determined what was safe and not... well today that doesn't work as the owners believe what the dealers tell them.. yet the specs from the manufacture rating says something else. Remember the dealers are their to make money in selling you a vheicle... what you use it for after that is let the buyer be ware kinda thing.

As we heard in a seminar on towing... a mouse could pull a airstream on a bike if it was geared right.. but would it be safe on the road??...
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FWIW, I felt at the limit with a Nissan Titan pulling a 25 Classic. There was no leeway concerning GVW. 28' is going to be a handfull at times behind a Tundra. Think carefully before you make the trailer purchase.
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:27 PM   #19
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I tow a 28 nationwide with a 2008 f150. Currently on the road and in Astoria Oregon on the tail end of 6k mile run. Feel free to read past postings, most explaining to the forum how any more truck in my opinion would be doing damage to the a/s. I have put over 20 k on the a/s in just over year and half, the truck gives and absorbs the bumps unlike any vehicle. The 28 is a special size, almost the same weight as a 25 and tows fits in lots of places. Stay away from a 3/4 ton, get a good dealer to set you up as others have been saying. Good luck.
Listen to this Man. He knows what he's talking about.

If I read one more post suggesting a Tundra isn't up to the job of pulling a 28 foot A/S, I think I'm going to scream.
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listen to this man. He knows what he's talking about.

If i read one more post suggesting a tundra isn't up to the job of pulling a 28 foot a/s, i think i'm going to scream.
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Scream Test

A Tundra can't pull a 28 footer.

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Old 01-16-2009, 06:42 PM   #22
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Don't want to interrup this thread, but, hey there Safari 28, did I just see you on hwy 30, between Scappoose and Linnton?, about 2:45 or so, today (fri, 16th), heading towards Portland.
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One word; Yikes!

You should read this;

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ice-28886.html

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Sometimes I wonder about tow ratings. Our 1/2 ton GMC with the towing package is rated at 7800 pounds towing. The Toyota 1/2 ton with the towing package is rated at 10,500 (I believe that's right) towing. That is saying the Toyota is rated to tow almost 2000 pounds more than a GMC or Chevy.

The way I figure it, either someone is being conservative, or some one is exagerating, or maybe a little of both.
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This will be the test.

OK, it's official. Before I even got a chance to read all of your posts we had made a deal on a 28' Safari. So, I guess I will be your test case. I will be towing a 28' with a Toyota Tundra 5.7 V8. I guess my next step is to look in to this famous hitch system everyone is talking about, Hensley. I want to outfit my truck ASAP so that I can pick up my new Airstream. Thanks for all your replies. Lia & Bob
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OK, it's official. Before I even got a chance to read all of your posts we had made a deal on a 28' Safari. So, I guess I will be your test case. I will be towing a 28' with a Toyota Tundra 5.7 V8. I guess my next step is to look in to this famous hitch system everyone is talking about, Hensley. I want to outfit my truck ASAP so that I can pick up my new Airstream. Thanks for all your replies. Lia & Bob
Libo, just a suggestion...look at the ProPride hitch as well as the Hensley. The ProPride is simular in concept, just a later design and you will save a few bucks as well.
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Lia and Bob, go back to Post 15 for the link to Pro Pride.

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"I towed a rental enclosed 16 x 7' unit last week, it was probably around 7000 lbs with electric brakes but no weight distribution or sway control. I took it several 600Km on icy, windy -20 C highways and it did fine. The traction control lights came on every so often and it was heavier on gas but only the ice made it a less than great experience."

You have more nerve than Dick Tracy (and he had a gun!) lol.

Back to the original question. If you read some past threads you will get a lot of good info, this question has been pretty well thrashed out in the past.

Don't overlook the top of the line Easilift hitch, some people consider them practically as good as a Hensley at a much lower price.

Speaking of which, the Hensley patent expired last year so anyone can now legally make and sell Hensley hitches (although they can't call them Hensleys). The original design patent is now in the public domain.

This may explain the drop in price.
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