Originally Posted by 64-Ovrlndr
Does Airstream make a hitch specifically for this trailer with the friction telescoping type anti sway devices already installed on the "A" frame? in other words are there vintage hitches available? I find no information about hitches available from Airstream on their web site.
Hitches have always been sold by the dealers. The friction sway control mounts that you have probably date to when the coach was new -- and my guess is that they were likely EaZlift. Modern hitch design has made great strides beyond the temperamental friction sway controls -- they need to be adjusted every time the weather changes from dry to moist and back to dry -- and in very hot weather when towing on asphalt it is also often necessary to adjust them. With either the Reese Strait-Line or EqualIzer the sway control is automatic once the initial adjustments are completed on the hitch. I utilize the Reese Strait-Line on my '64 Overlander and am thoroughly pleased with its operation -- have had friction sway control on two other trailers including my Argosy (for a very short time) and wouldn't go back unless my trailer had a loaded tongue weight under 400 pounds.
Vintage hitches are virtually undistinguishable from current models -- the biggest difference being vintage hitches usually had welded ball mounts rather than the adjustable units we have today. Today, It is difficult if not impossible to find a welder who is willing to assemble a welded hitch head -- it almost as difficult to find a welder to custome build a receiver hitch for a vintage tow vehicle -- in each case it is fear of product liability. From a safety standpoint, I would certainly encourage you to purchase new hitch components -- repair parts (parts subject to friction/movement) for vintage hitches aren't readily available.
Good luck with your Overlander!
P.S.: In the day of our Overlanders, the most likely hitch would have been the Reese Strait-Line or the Reese Round-Bar weight distributing hitch.