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Old 06-06-2010, 10:07 PM   #113
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Still a believer in the airsafe?
Oh yeah! In fact the more I use it, the more I appreciate it. Things in the AS seem to ride better, I especially notice the difference on expansion joints, and rough roads....
I've been visiting a couple of old farts like me, whom I used to work with in EOD before I retired about the AirSafe, I may have to start charging AirSafe some kind of commision....
I've also have a couple of conversations about it with my Uncle Jack Daniels, he's also sold on it..
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:19 PM   #114
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This time next month I will be in expansion joint hell. It will be a great test for the airsafe. Miles of screwed up California cement roadway where I usually hang in the second lane so large pieces of my airstream dont come loose. Im sure the airsafe will get a workout. Be sure to post some pictures of your trip!

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Old 06-07-2010, 06:01 PM   #115
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This time next month I will be in expansion joint hell. It will be a great test for the airsafe. Miles of screwed up California cement roadway where I usually hang in the second lane so large pieces of my airstream dont come loose. Im sure the airsafe will get a workout. Be sure to post some pictures of your trip!

Thanks Vinnie
We came across a stretch of US 20 in northern Iowa today that gave it a real test also. I'll get some pictures posted in the next few days. This area we just left in north eastern Iowa, along the Mississippi, is a spectacular place. After this trip, we will be spending a lot of time on the River Road, on both sides of the Mississippi....
Take care, and let me know how the section of "expansion joint hell" goes.
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:11 PM   #116
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For those of you who've used the Air Safe Hitch on extended trips or over a long period of time, I am wondering how often airbag pressure adjustments are needed. Have any of you tried using a bike tire pump with a Shraeder head to add pressure to the air bag?

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Hi Jim,

I got mine Dec. 2008 settled on 50 lb. after a few adjustments and haven't added air since. I checked it this year before towing, still had 50 lb.

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Ok Larry...

Its been a few weeks on the journey. Whats going on?

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Old 06-27-2010, 06:35 PM   #118
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Ok Larry...

Its been a few weeks on the journey. Whats going on?

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OK, here's the update....We left Alabama May 12, after the obligatory stops to see the relatives and outlaws in Indiana, saw friends and people I used to work with in Guttenberg, Iowa, and Rapid City, South Dakota. Spent a couple of days in Calgory, Alberta, then drove the Icefield Parkway between Banff and Jasper in Alberta, then to Hinton, Alberta and on to Dawson Creek, the beginning of the Alaska Highway.
After several days in Alberta, British Columbia, and Yukon Territory, today about noon, we arrived in Tok, Alaska.
Road conditions were great. The only exception was from White River, Yukon Territory to about 40 miles north of the border, there were frost heaves and loose gravel, the total miles for these conditions was around 80 miles or so....all one has to do is obey the signs and you'll be OK. If the sign says 25 MPH, or KPH, don't try it at 30! Pretty simple!
Now for the AirSafe hitch, the money was well spent! I wish I would have bought one a long time ago. I've settled on 53 PSI in the airbag, and the few times when I hit a frost heave at 5 or 10 MPH faster than I should have, needless to say, I was very glad I had it.
Fuels costs in Canada were about 30 cents more than the US, but when we got to northern British Columbia, and into the Yukon, diesel was around $4.30 to $4.40. The exchange rate between Canada/US was about .02/dollar in our favor. Most places if you paid in US currency were par with our dollar.
So far, since leaving lower Alabama, we have driven 6,200 miles, I would imagine by the time we return home we will be in the 16,000 mile range.
One other thing, the fuel mileage on my Dodge/Cummins/30' Excella has averaged 14.7 so far.....I've talked to Ford and Cheve/GMC diesel owners, they are averaging about 11 to 12.....
If any of you have thought about this trip, but haven't done it, don't wait any longer.....it's wonderful!
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Larry,

That is great mileage, although I have read reports thru AAA about a guy with a Dodge and Airstream driving 25 mph for the last 6200 miles and holding up traffic from Alabama to Alaska just so he can get good fuel mileage..
Seriously, thanks for the update and glad it's all working out with the hitch and the big journey you guys are on.
I'm still in limbo, and haven't used anything I bought yet.
But one of these days I'll get out there and try these toys out.
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Hi, that's a lot of traveling and as I have said before, we hope to take an Alaska trip some day; Maybe next year? Where's the pictures? I'm a Ford person, but not a Diesel fan. It has been reported by many, especially those traveling together, [with Diesels] that the Dodge is far better on fuel mileage.
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Hi, that's a lot of traveling and as I have said before, we hope to take an Alaska trip some day; Maybe next year? Where's the pictures? I'm a Ford person, but not a Diesel fan. It has been reported by many, especially those traveling together, [with Diesels] that the Dodge is far better on fuel mileage.
This is my 4th diesel, like 'em or not, regardless of the make, it's hard to compete with the mileage. They really come into play when you are pulling up to 6 to 9 percent grades several miles long. As long as the Cummins engine is available, to me at least is the best choice.

The Alaska trip is one that you will never regret. We're on our second month so far, and will be out for another 6 weeks or so until we return to Alabama....it's fantastic!
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