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Old 03-09-2008, 05:15 PM   #15
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Hi Liz! I just wanted to add that as a woman I was very nervous about towing when I got my trailer. Neither me nor my husband had any towing experience, and I read lots of scary stories about accidents, and got lots of conflicting advice about what I needed for a tow vehicle. Ultimately we went with a full size van, which we use for our business when we're not RVing. The van is great for holding all our toys, and room for the dogs. It also is heavy, and has a long wheelbase, which contributes to stability. It is not a great handling vehicle though, and that's probably a mark against it! But it does a great job of towing the trailer so far for five years.

We started out with a WD hitch and friction sway control, and eventually decided the tounge weight of our little trailer did not warrent hooking up the WD part of the hitch. It rides better without it. We do still use friction sway control, and we have a good brake controller. We have never felt the slightest bit of sway, and have never had any incidents of any kind. We have occasionally had to make quick stops or emergency lane changes, but driving at a reasonable speed, keeping a good distance around you , and making frequent rest stops to stay alert and switch drivers, prevents a lot of problems. Watching what's going on in front of and behind you is even more important when towing. But generally, I'd say towing sounds a lot scarier than it is, as long as you take it seriously, equip yourself properly, and stay alert while towing. Just the fact that you're worried about it means you are taking it more seriously than some!

Good luck finding your perfect Airstream. We have had ours five years and even though my husband was very sceptical at first, it's become our home away from home. Even with high gas prices it's still cheaper to take the trailer than to stay in a hotel on any trip lasting longer than one night. It's the best purchase we ever made!
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Old 03-09-2008, 05:20 PM   #16
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Hi Liz, and welcome to the forums.

There are lots of threads here discussing sway control (use the Search tool to find them), but the bottom line is having a properly set up load equalizing hitch with sway control, a properly sized tow vehicle, and maintaining a safe speed are the answer. I use an Equal-i-zer hitch and tow around 62.5 mph. I have pulled my 23' Safari (6,000 lbs GVW) behind my F-150 (rated to pull 9,000 lbs) in some very windy conditions and never had any trouble from passing trucks.

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PS: The Airstream's shape is a big advantage over a slab sided white box on wheels trailer in windy conditions.
Well said Randy
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Liz,

Take a look at this video clip.

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there's a real simple solution to sway = get a hensley hitch. problem solved.
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One needs take appropriate action on all items in the big picture to reduce the risks.

1. Appropriate Tow Vehicle. A burb would not be on my short list but there are many other good choices.

2. Quality TT...."Airstream"... my signature says it all.

3. Quality connection hardware. There are some good ones and some bad ones. Need to research and go with what best that suits your needs.

4. Top quality brake controller. There is no substitute to the top rated units.

5 Vehicle and Trailer prep. Out of the box few vehicles are optimal. They may need modification or parts upgrades to get the best out of them. Research or advice from a towing specialist gets you on the right track.

6. Setup. Less than 10% of the rigs on the roads today are set up optimally. Take the steps to be in that elite group.
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Liz,

Take a look at this video clip.

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Hi Liz! I just wanted to add that as a woman I was very nervous about towing when I got my trailer.
My wife was nervous about towing too. It took about five miles of driving for her to figure out that it wasn't nearly as intimidating as it looked. Now she tows faster than I do, and I sometimes have to tell her to ease off a bit.
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We will second that emotion.


This is why.

My co-pilot is completely at ease now, in fact she won't give up the

wheel at times. I think it's the looks she gets as the sob's pass and realize

who's driving. It may be sexist, but I know she love's it.
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Liz,

Take a look at this video clip.

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Thanks for that link. Really cool.

In the video, I heard them say 60%, but the written line says "Over 70% of all Airstreams ever made are still on the road today!"

I wonder why the difference? Hmmm...
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My co-pilot is completely at ease now, in fact she won't give up the wheel at times. I think it's the looks she gets as the sob's pass and realize who's driving. It may be sexist, but I know she love's it.
On our last trip, I happen to mention to my wife, who was sipping coffee and reading People magazine with her feet comfortably propped up on the dash, that maybe it would be a good idea if she too tried her hand at towing. (looking back, perhaps my timing was less than ideal).

"That's a man's job" she said, turning the page.

You know, I'm beginning to think open road feminism is a bit like a ratchet - no matter how hard I try, it always seems to turn in just one direction .
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I don't know, Wayward, sounds like your wife has things just the way she likes them
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This is why.
Third the motion. I have heard quite a few stories of rollovers. Some with no wd hitch, some with equalizers, some with reese dual cam - but not a one with a hensley. After having towed with all of the above I can say that towing with the hensley is light years ahead of any other option.
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Dear Wayward...

Here's one for your wife.

LEARN!

If your husband gets out to inspect the tires and falls and breaks his collar bone, who is going to have to get him to the hospital? What if you have a breakdown, then have to go 800 miles in a day to get home in time for work, a family wedding or some other "cannot be late" event? Over 400 miles per day becomes incredibly dangerous without a second driver.

"Girls Weekend" - three women friends spending 6 hours at the Williamsburg Pottery Factory with post shopping margaritas to cure aching feet! (Your husband will bless your name forever if you leave him home!)

Don't just tow it... take it.

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