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Old 04-16-2007, 09:39 PM   #1
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I have a 34 foot airstream and plan to buy a reese dual cam. Can someone tell me how much of a drop i need as I am pulling it with a 2000 Excursion 4x4. The trailer is 1200 miles away so I need the height of the hitch from the ground to the top. The excursion has a height to top of hitch of 19". Also should I go with 1000 lb. or 800 lb. bars? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:06 PM   #2
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I have a 34 foot airstream and plan to buy a reese dual cam. Can someone tell me how much of a drop i need as I am pulling it with a 2000 Excursion 4x4. The trailer is 1200 miles away so I need the height of the hitch from the ground to the top. The excursion has a height to top of hitch of 19". Also should I go with 1000 lb. or 800 lb. bars? Any help would be appreciated.
You can find your hitch ball height and advertised tongue weight here:
http://www.airstream.com/airstream/p.../weights-1.pdf

I'd go with the 1000lb bars. The published weight is more than likely for a dry trailer with no personal items or water in it.
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I have 1200 pound bars for my 10,000 pound trailer. I have the reese dual cam hitch. I am using all the drop on my "stinger" (shank)..
What ever you do make sure it is set up correctly. With the Tow Vehicle at its towing weight and loading. If it is set up wrong you will very likely sway. Mine was not set up correctly at first and my trailer swayed.
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:07 AM   #4
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I have the same Reese hitch. I would think you need the 1200lb bars. Typical the lighter the TV in relationship to the tongue weight the heaver the bars need to be. With a 34' I would think it would be the 1200lb. I talked to Reese teck support and they where very helpful. When you call you want to know the trailer weight, tongue weight, tongue hight and TV height. You also need to take the load behind the rear axle into account.
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:54 AM   #5
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Hi Bing-Bing,

Does it have a slide? I have 34' with the slide and my dealer set me up with 1200# bars. The hitch height on mine is 19-3/4". Hope this helps.

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We need more info. What year is the trailer? The trailer weight and subsequent tongue weight vary tremendously over the years. They got heavier with the wide-body trailers, and heavier still with the slideouts. A new wide-body with a slide has a tongue weight that exceeds the Excursion's rated capacity.

I towed my '94 standard-body non-slide tri-axle with my Excursion using 1,000 lb bars.

A couple of really good ideas... first, the rear spring stack on the Excursion allows for rear-axle steering. It isn't strong enough to hold the axle in place. It will cause you fits towing. Get Land Yot radius rods. If your Ex doesn't have a rear anti-sway bar, have a 36mm Helwig installed. If you haven't already, make sure your Ex has "E" load range tires (this is critical or you'll experience sidewall failures and blowouts towing) and if you have stock Ford shocks, get some decent ones installed. These mods will improve your towing experience tremendously. If you don't do them, you'll not be happy with the Excursion as a tow vehicle, and your 34' will drag you all over the place.

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We need more info. What year is the trailer? The trailer weight and subsequent tongue weight vary tremendously over the years. They got heavier with the wide-body trailers, and heavier still with the slideouts. A new wide-body with a slide has a tongue weight that exceeds the Excursion's rated capacity.

I towed my '94 standard-body non-slide tri-axle with my Excursion using 1,000 lb bars.

A couple of really good ideas... first, the rear spring stack on the Excursion allows for rear-axle steering. It isn't strong enough to hold the axle in place. It will cause you fits towing. Get Land Yot radius rods. If your Ex doesn't have a rear anti-sway bar, have a 36mm Helwig installed. If you haven't already, make sure your Ex has "E" load range tires (this is critical or you'll experience sidewall failures and blowouts towing) and if you have stock Ford shocks, get some decent ones installed. These mods will improve your towing experience tremendously. If you don't do them, you'll not be happy with the Excursion as a tow vehicle, and your 34' will drag you all over the place.

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Mods are going to be needed anyway...

Pieman etal -

I read Rogers comments - the sense I get it from reading it is, those mods/additions/etc... will be needed to be done regardless of the hitch that is installed. Those mods are needed to make the Ex the best TV that it can be.

The hitch is an additional item.

My reading of it, of course, may vary with your reading of it - and both of those may vary from Rogers intent as well.

Did I muddy the water sufficiently?? Sorry if I did....

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Thanks for all your help. I have d rated tires so I guess I will have to buy 4 new ones.
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Axel is correct. The Excursion should have those mods done regardless of the hitch used. Without them, the rear end will wallow and be very "vague" while towing. As a matter of fact, without those mods, the Excursion handles "vaguely" anyway. With them it handles more like a sports car. The mods are mostly routine maintenance except for the Helwig sway bar, $130, and the Land Yot radius rods, $300. You definately want the E rated tires.

You still haven't answered regarding the model and year of the 34' you have. That will make a huge difference in tongue weight and subsequently what you need to make your Excursion tow it.

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Ditto on the Load Range E tires; these are a MUST.

Also check the factory receiver on the Excursion and make sure that it is a Class IV or Class V. GM trucks come with a Class III receiver that is not up to a real towing job. The welds cracked on the factory receiver on my 2005 Suburban 2500 (see photo) pulling a 7500# 25" with about 750# of tongue weight.
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