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Old 07-23-2014, 03:35 PM   #15
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I'll be sure to look for the decal Minke...thank for the tip...
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Old 07-23-2014, 03:44 PM   #16
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Is there more to this. An F350 and a 27' Airstream seems like an odd match unless you need an F350 for other hauling chores.

Or do you plan on putting really heavy loads in the bed of the truck while towing the Airstream. If that's the case, you will benefit greatly from a weight distribution hitch with sway control. Research Hensley or ProPride to put any sway concerns to rest.
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Old 07-23-2014, 04:46 PM   #17
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You could drive thousands of miles without an issue. Then a condition such as a steep downhill curve in heavy crosswinds, with a semi blowing by just as a huge gust of wind hit the side of Airstream causing it to go into a sway, the extra weight of the heavy duty truck may not make a difference. Why not have the insurance.
I see a lot of trucks pulling trailers here in the Northwest without WD hitches. That also may be true in other parts of the country. The attitude seems to be "We got a big macho truck, we don't need no stinking WD hitch".

A month or so ago, a very windy day, on a twisty part of I 90 on the Idaho/Montana border I saw one result. The trailer, not an Airstream, looked like it had exploded all over the Interstate and Median. The truck was on it's side. There were people around, don't know if anyone was injured, but who needs to destroy a truck and trailer, plus the personal trauma, for the cost of a WD hitch with sway control.

The margin of safety is improved with a WD hitch, properly set up.
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Old 07-23-2014, 05:25 PM   #18
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There's no more to this dkottum...I like diesel pickup trucks plain and simple. Do I need a F350 TD to pull a 27 footer? No...Do I want a F350 TD to pull an Airstream?...you bet I do...You think it's odd but I like the power, comfort and the peace of mind afforded by a tow vehicle that has more than enough oomph to get up and down mountain and desert passes. With regard to the WD hitch...I'll take yours and the others advise and pull with a WD hitch..Thanks for your help...
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:22 PM   #19
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Weight distribution and Anti-Sway are two separate issues.

With an F-350 Diesel, and a 27' Airstream, I seriously doubt you need any weight distribution. The Airstream might make your truck's rear go down an inch or two. If that.

Anti-Sway is a separate issue. Yes, you have a big truck pulling a small trailer. But if anything will get you, it would be sway.

Probably the correct answer is a good quality hitch with light rated weight distribution bars. That way, you get the benefits of anti-sway but don't beat the tar out of the trailer's tongue....if that's even possible with an F-350 without using one of those airbag hitches.

What year 27 footer are you looking for? For an older one, you'd probably want very light spring bars (if you're using a Reese or Equal-I-Zer), like the 600lb bars. If a newer one, they are heavier on the tongue.

But don't listen to me....I'm pulling a 34 foot Avion with a 1200lb tongue weight using an Equal-I-Zer with 1400lb bars behind a 2500 CTD Ram. I'm one of them other brands

Really though, you've got PLENTY of truck to pull that little twinkie! I've only pulled about 20,000 or 30,000 miles, but my opinion is that anti-sway is always a wonderful thing, no matter if you need weight distribution or not.

Truly, get you a Henseley or a Propride with the right spring bars and you'll be good.

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Old 07-23-2014, 09:09 PM   #20
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Well said, Andy! Sometimes I have to wonder why anyone would ever consider
towing without some sort of sway control, regardless of what kind of tow vehicle they
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Towing a travel trailer, among other things, involves safety.

Towing a travel trailer, with just a ball, or just a sway control, is very unsafe.

Statistics say that you will lose control of that type of rigging.

It's just a matter of when and where!!

Hurting someone, or even worse, should you lose control, dictates that you carry a liability policy for at least one millions dollars, or more.

Be safe, not sorry.

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Old 07-23-2014, 10:39 PM   #21
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Listen to Andy.
We use an EQ wdh with our 2500 diesel...
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I've got a new F350 Turbo Diesel on order and we're looking for a used 27' Airstream. Some I've spoken to say I don't need a WD hitch....What say the pros?
Huge question that hasn't been answered, "What year is this used Airstream?"

This is why it matters. The vintage Airstreams had so very little tongue weight that a weight distributing hitch will do absolutely nothing when used. Period! The old trailers just had no weight to distribute too your front axle via the WD hitch.

An anti sway bar on the other hand when used with one of these light trailers is like adding a shock absorber at your hitch and it is absolutely a wonderful item to use on anything other than going around the block.

A new Airstream however with several hundred pounds on the tongue, or more, should use a WD hitch in conjunction with an anti sway device for the most security on the road.

I've towed 35' trailers with and without the anti sway using a WD hitch and you can absolutely feel the difference.

I think drastic weight change was in the mid sixties, but somebody else would have a better take on that then me, mine is only 40 pounds or so with a '48.
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I seriously wonder if you've got enough truck to pull the 27' Airstream....it might be a thought to change the order to a 450, or maybe even the 550. You would definitely want WD with any of them..

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I would go with the 550 and put the AS on a commercial car hauler trailer. No need then to worry about hitches or tires for the AS. Of course one would need a Hensley for the truck with additional sway control, you know, just in case. Truthfully, all you need is good sway control. Jim
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We're interested in a 27'-30' early 2000's - 2007 depending on price. I'm aware a 350 or EQ Dodge or Chevy can send shock waves through a trailer so the Airsafe hitch Larry C uses will be a strong consideration.
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I honestly believe a 250 would give you all the "headroom" you would ever need. Airstreams are 1/2 ton towable, but right at the verge of its limits.


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Old 07-24-2014, 08:30 PM   #27
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Frankly I have never seen the need for weight distribution when towing my 72 Sovereign with my 1/2 ton Chevy.

The tongue just isn't that heavy, even with my mods.

I would like a ProPride or Hensley at some point so I can tow at 75 MPH even in the wind.....


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Frankly I have never seen the need for weight distribution when towing my 72 Sovereign with my 1/2 ton Chevy.

The tongue just isn't that heavy, even with my mods.

I would like a ProPride or Hensley at some point so I can tow at 75 MPH even in the wind.....


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