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Old 11-18-2010, 09:01 AM   #1
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25-Footer with a Dodge Ram 1500 HEMI

I'm picking up a 25" International this Saturday. Very excited. Have had two other Airstreams before. ('64" Bambi II and a '06 Bambi 19").

The dealer insists that it will tow like butter and there is no need for a sway control set up with this rig. I have a 2010, 1500 Dodge Ram with the full tow package. (3:90 gear ratio, etc, etc).

I do have an older Ez Lift that I can take along off of my Mother-In -Laws rig. I towed her 28" Terry box trailer and even with the sway control it towed terribly.

Prior, I had a Ford F250 and a 19" foot Bambi and I never needed any sway control. Even in canyons it felt fine. However, this is a whole other ball game, I think... Any thoughts?
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:00 AM   #2
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it's not clear if you are referring only 2 sway control devices...

or weight distribution with/out the cams, outriggers or other friction/sway dampening...

this new 25 will have a tongue weight approaching 1000 lbs (will lp gas, options and bedroom gear)

so w/d is required (generally above 550-750 lbs) even on a truck...

the truck owners manual has some basic info on the receiver capacity with/out w-d gear.

it is also essential to weigh the truck/trailer combo (go to a catscale) at the axles,

in order to properly dial in w/d, tire inflations and check for maxing out the payload....
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the topic of "do i need s...." has been regularly beaten on here, in 100s of threads.

advance search using the S word only in titles and 150 threads show up...

or simply scan the hitch sub forum and look for threads on this topic...

here are a few recent or toothy threads...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...rol-61167.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...mbi-66730.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...rol-17986.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...rol-37238.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...-me-28120.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ion-15299.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...cle-12706.html

the newest rams (and many other vehicles) have an enhanced traction control system that incorporates yaw sensors...

these selective brake/throttle systems are the next big thing in towing,

but imo do not replace a good hitch apparatus, proper attention to tires, trailer loading and driver skills.

many have their favorite hitch'n gizmo, look over just a few of these popular threads...

Hitches - Airstream Forums
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congrats on the new stream and safe travels...

and to paraphrase a quote u might recognize...

if you plan on a long term towing experience, don't buy a short term hitch apparatus....



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Old 11-18-2010, 11:14 AM   #3
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I know it's been beaten to death on here. I wasn't being lazy, but I figured a few people would have a late model Dodge Ram and a late model 25" International and was wondering how they are doing it.

Thanks for the info. I suppose it's time to slog through all of the posts.

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Old 11-18-2010, 01:03 PM   #4
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it's not about being lazy,

it's about deciding what approach works best.

and that gets very personal.

how much towing, how often, at what speeds, where and so on...

the majority here appear to be using sway devices or recommend that others do ...

again w/d is required (for the receiver) at this size/weight of trailer...

while the 3.9 gearing and hemi are nice choices, pulling capacity is different than controllability.

the factors that make for 'comfortable towing' vary widely by person, even with the same rig combos.

lots of threads on towing with the half tun trucks.

the conservative faction generally suggests a new 25 is at the upper limits for a 1500/150 size truck.

because payload is easily exceeded by a combination of tongue weight, hitch, gear, toys and passengers...

apparently your history is not using sway control and there are those here who support that approach too.

there are a few threads primarily related to the horned hemi crowd like these...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...emi-70831.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...emi-66408.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...cle-60793.html

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Old 11-18-2010, 02:10 PM   #5
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I have a 25' International and pulled it with a big Nissan SUV. It had some short-comings but many here on the Forums assured me the Nissan was adequate. We were returning from a three week haul through northern Michigan and I mentioned to my wife that I didn't like pulling with the Nissan and she agreed that perhaps another vehicle would be better. We ended up with a Suburban 2500 that I absolutely love. What a difference. As several have said in this and other threads, the 25' Intern'l is close to the break point of needing more truck so I got more truck up front and absolutely love the difference. DON'T cut yourself short - better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!
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Old 11-18-2010, 02:59 PM   #6
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Well, I just bought the Ram about 1 1/2 months ago, so I'm going to have to use that for quite a while.


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I have a 25' International and pulled it with a big Nissan SUV. It had some short-comings but many here on the Forums assured me the Nissan was adequate. We were returning from a three week haul through northern Michigan and I mentioned to my wife that I didn't like pulling with the Nissan and she agreed that perhaps another vehicle would be better. We ended up with a Suburban 2500 that I absolutely love. What a difference. As several have said in this and other threads, the 25' Intern'l is close to the break point of needing more truck so I got more truck up front and absolutely love the difference. DON'T cut yourself short - better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:39 PM   #7
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Last year a friend of mine rented a 2008 25 foot AS Safari, and pulled it with his 1500 quad cab dodge hemi, I followed him towing my bambi. He did not want to pay the extra money for the WD hitch, ( I am supprised that the owner does not require the WD, but has chosen to supply the WD at an extra cost.) This was a short trip through the Texas Hill Country, I noticed he had no problems with power at our elevation, ( he has a lead foot even pulling the trailer, and was driving down Hwy 71 West at 80mph) The rear end of the truck sagged while loaded and the back of the trailer did sway slightly over the rough parts of the Hwy. He told me after the trip, that he did not know that the AS was behind him except at the gas stations. I would have used the WD hitch to make the trailer and Tow vehicle level, to reduce chances of sway and added saftey. Also an easy 68mph is better for gas. Just my observations of traveling with someone towing the setup you are asking about.
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Old 11-18-2010, 06:08 PM   #8
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You will need weight distrubution for you 1500. I have a 2008 Dodge 2500 HD for my 27' Airstream and without weight control my truck squated more than 2" -- right onto the helper springs. I am also quite close to the carrying capacity of the truck when I tow the trailer and without WD most of the weight is on the rear axle rather then being distributed between the back and front like it would if the weight was in the bed. Furthermore, having the weight behind the rear axle removes weight from the front tires making steering less reliable.

Like many others I definitely recommend sway control -- not because you need it for normal travel but for emergencies. I helps keep the trailer from passing you on black ice and panic stops. It is not perfect, but it does add some degree of safety.
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:18 PM   #9
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Well I will be pulling a 27FB international with a 2010 Ram 1500. I plan on a w/d and dual antsway to complete my tow package.

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Please take a look at my earlier post.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...tml#post911593
The fact that you have the 3.92 rear end; towing will be a breeze.
But I STRONGLY recommend at least a W/D hitch.

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Old 11-18-2010, 08:57 PM   #11
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I have a 27' 1973 Overlander and I pull it with a 2006 dodge ram 1500 4.7L engine, 3.55 rear end. It does fine for what we use it for. No problems around the area. I pulled the trailer 3,300 mile this past summer and only ran into problems in hilly areas in West Virgina and some other states. I don't go fast with or without the trailer. I usually like to stay about 60 and enjoy the ride.

I bought the truck before I happened upon the Airstream. I asked the folks at dodge about the Ram specs and towing a 4800 pound trailer. They felt I was good to go. I would like to have a bigger truck but my budget and other needs keep me from upgrading. I just will make do with what I have and so far no complaints.

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My Dodge owners manual tells me that any TW above 350-lbs requires a weight-distribution hitch, 1/2T or 1T. It isn't hard to set up, it isn't expensive (even the best ones), and it makes a noticeable difference. Braking, handling and all are affected negatively without the leverage given by a WDH.
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Towed her home about 200 miles with the "Equalizer" hitch. Worked really well during that time. From Paso Robles, CA to Los Angeles there are hills, rough road at times and tons and tons of trucks. No sway! A little bouncy from time to time in the slow lane from all of the trucks beating the road for years.

This dealer prefers the "Equalizer" hitch. They really didn't have anything else and there is no dealers for Hensley or Pro Pride around. All order stuff. Anyway, the EQ worked really well. I also have an 18" cargo trailer, so if I wind up with a Hensley or Pro Pride later, I can use it on the cargo trailer and I won't feel like I wasted money. Besides, that thing gets heavy!!!
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looks great!

the trucks got plenty of go power,

and the eq' is a very popular hitch.

have fun with the new toyz.

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