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Old 01-09-2009, 12:29 PM   #1
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Moving my 31' International 100 miles or so

Dear fellow Streamers,
I have a '70 31' International and a 2003 F150 4x4 with the 5.3ltr V8. In a month, I'll want to move my Airstream to a new parking location within 100 miles. I've studied all the discussioin regarding Reese hitches and wonder if this is necessary for the one-time pull?
My '70 is in excellent axle and tire shape, although I don't know about the brakes. The trailer was placed in its current location by another man about 2 1/2 years ago.
I do not own a Reese weight bar system nor a brake controller. The tow will be on mostly West Texas flat highways.
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Thank you, Charles Rahm, Dallas, Texas
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Your trailer weighs 5000 lbs dry with a hitch weight of around 500 lbs. You might get by without a WD hitch, but I would not tow it anywhere without a brake controller.
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Old 01-09-2009, 02:15 PM   #3
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Old 01-09-2009, 02:46 PM   #4
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Dear fellow Streamers,
I have a '70 31' International and a 2003 F150 4x4 with the 5.3ltr V8. In a month, I'll want to move my Airstream to a new parking location within 100 miles. I've studied all the discussioin regarding Reese hitches and wonder if this is necessary for the one-time pull?
My '70 is in excellent axle and tire shape, although I don't know about the brakes. The trailer was placed in its current location by another man about 2 1/2 years ago.
I do not own a Reese weight bar system nor a brake controller. The tow will be on mostly West Texas flat highways.
Thoughts?
Thank you, Charles Rahm, Dallas, Texas
More than likely the axles are shot, too.

Keep your speed down to no more than 35 MPH.

If you exceed that, you will have a sway that can cause you to loss control instantly, that can result in flipping the trailer and truck.

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Old 01-09-2009, 02:52 PM   #5
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In many states it is illegal to tow a trailer over a certain weight without working brakes. Should you get into a situation and cause property damage or bodily harm, you will most likely be found liable. Insurance would pay if you had it, but you'd be dropped and most likely sued in civil court and if anyone got hurt, maybe even see some jail time.

I have to agree, I could see you doing everything you say, except for towing without working trailer brakes. Accidents happen on flatland, maybe even more than on hilly roads. I'd be real sure the brakes worked and if not, get 'em fixed. Lots of chances for murphy and his laws to spring up in 100 miles.
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Old 01-09-2009, 03:35 PM   #6
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Charles, if you don't have a proper hook up with safety chains, working brakes, etc. any zelous state trooper could stop you on the spot and impound your vehicle because of saftey violations. I've seen people get hauled into court because of this and sometimes the fines are not user friendly. The 31' probably matches your F-150 pound for pound if not more so keeping the speed fairly low would be to your advantage. Highly possible the weight of the trailer will make the TV hang pretty low in the rearend.
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Try to find an AS friend to lend you their hitch. A trailer brake is plug and play on your truck. Maybe not so much on the trailer. It will need a new battery for certain. A replacement kit is the best option. You will be using everything you buy later on if you tow.
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