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Old 02-22-2013, 02:25 PM   #29
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Towing with a service truck

I tow with a truck that weighs in at 13k with an airsafe hitch. I think my airstream is pretty cool but not smart enough to know what's towing it when the airsafe insulates all the shock from my trucks suspension. Now.. that being said.. if I didnt have to tow with such a big truck I wouldn't just for ease of backing and tight turns but otherwise IMO I think its fine.

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Old 02-22-2013, 02:30 PM   #30
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Know that this truck is overkill but what smaller truck has the turning radius of this one,or air ride with air seats.This truck comes with the same wheel base as a XLT so it is not really bigger just taller. Only looking at king cab not crew cab.Also looks like I can get a golf cart or motor cycle inside it with just a ramp or build a winch inside to pull it up. Many positives and some negatives. With the size of fuel tanks I can get can go a long way before stopping and If I am worried about fuel milage I would just stay home in my S&Bs and go nowhere. Thanks for all the gppd answers and I am sure I will get some more slammers and this is ok to. Makes me look at things from all angles. So if all you can do is slam go ahead does not make me look bad
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:52 PM   #31
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Please state it correctly....."In my opinion you won't need this or that."

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Seriously??

The majority of statements on this forum are opinion---that's obvious.

Why not just say that in your opinion, a smaller tow vehicle with an elaborate hitch is the appropriate setup?
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:57 PM   #32
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I really do not understand how stiffer springs in the truck that make the hitch move up and down less beats the Airstream up more?
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:41 PM   #33
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Seriously??

The majority of statements on this forum are opinion---that's obvious.

Why not just say that in your opinion, a smaller tow vehicle with an elaborate hitch is the appropriate setup?

Yes...In my opinion that is dead wrong…. and as such cannot be proven otherwise.

Sorry, if I wasn't clear on that.....seriously.

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Old 02-22-2013, 06:28 PM   #34
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If, like me, you have no idea of how large this truck is, here's a picture I found of one.
Wow! I'm having trouble parking at the grocery store with my Silverado 3/4 ton diesel. That would be quite the challenge! Also seems like you could turn it into you'd camper as is! I can't believe the size of that thing! :-)
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:04 PM   #35
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That image is a bit of an exaggeration as that truck has been lifted and oversized tires added. This one has better proportions.
Yes, I have to admit, I like the look of yours better.
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Seriously??

The majority of statements on this forum are opinion---that's obvious.

Why not just say that in your opinion, a smaller tow vehicle with an elaborate hitch is the appropriate setup?
Opinions are like ass***** everybody has one and that is part of the problem. Most of them say what they think and can't back it up with proof.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:10 PM   #37
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Not saying that anything we have done is right for you, but we added a 50 gallon auxiliary fuel tank to our F250, added over-the cab racks for boats, and have an over-the-bed rack for carrying whatever - firewood, anything not super weather dependent. We carry a generator in the bed with a sufficiently long cord to reach without having to move the generator. We can carry extra water in the bed of the truck but haven't had the need yet to do that. As to the washer/dryer, well, that I don't have an answer to. Solar panels can be added on the trailer, although we have not done that.

What I would suggest as a newbie is to attend 2-3 rallies where people can show you what they have done with their particular needs. Airstreams and towing vehicles are just like anything else in life - they are a compromise that best fits your most important needs. First, figure out what is most important to you (if you even know - we still try to figure this out), then see what works for you. This part should be fun!! If you get it completely wrong, how bad is that exactly? Life has worse problems.
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I really do not understand how stiffer springs in the truck that make the hitch move up and down less beats the Airstream up more?
It's not the stiffer springs it's the unsprung weight. I can't provide a rigorous explanation that doesn't involve calculus and physics.
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The 650 is the smallest I see from Ford with air suspension on it and also air ride seats. Once you drive with air ride seats you never go back
Might want to consider aftermarket seats

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Have looked at the roof on a 31 and with 2 A/C,heat units and everything else up there I did not see a place to put 4 panels on it.
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It's not the stiffer springs it's the unsprung weight. I can't provide a rigorous explanation that doesn't involve calculus and physics.
Get in the trailer.......
Take a short ride on most any secondary road and you may be surprised how harsh the ride is, now ramp that up to Interstate speed.

A compliant suspension transfers less shock.

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Old 02-23-2013, 09:07 AM   #41
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Well Airstream people called me on my phone. NOW that is service and I do not even own one yet.I am in the service industry and this is a first. Yes it is over kill I KNOW THAT. Will I haul more than I need,YES. I want to park in the shade so solar panels will not help much under a tree so this is why I am putting in on the truck and access to everything will be easy and wiring shorter.ie not much voltage drop. With a few add ons I can get RV tags and insurance also. Long life and rugged construction all plusses. When you are on your 3rd truck I will still be using my 1st. My car is a 1989 with over 200k on it and still in great shape. I keep things> Back to the point Airstream said I WILL NOT damage the frame. It is built strong. How many people out there are having frame issues????. Also said I will not need any type of fancy hitchs.Still will put on sway bars. How many people are getting popped rivets??? Take some pictures(Might be for another post or is there one for me to see) I still like the people who post the negative short answers they do give me something to look at. Hope to see you all next year at Alumiplusa in Ohio. This year booked up. Peace to all and God bless.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:24 AM   #42
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Alumaflamingo in Sarasota next Feb. do you know places to boondocks weeks at a time? I have known several people full timing in an Airstream. I think they all had a place to park hooked up cheap for a good bit of the year. Or spaces in a winter and a summer campground.
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