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Old 03-15-2013, 04:28 PM   #1
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What system to tow Bambi Sport 16?

Hey. There's a good possibility, if everything checks out, that we may be towing "our" Bambi home tomorrow afternoon. We're confused about what we need hitch wise, and anti-sway wise etc. We will have to come home (very slowly) just using the ball hitch, because no one in that area has a service dept open on Sat. ): We'll be towing with a Suburban. Any help would be MUCH appreciated for this size trailer. We're new to this forum, and so far I've learned TONS! Thanks for your help.
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:06 PM   #2
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You should not have any problem towing the Bambi with a Suburban.
Just make sure the tongue is level or just slightly low when hitched. Single axle trailers tend to sway if they they are hitched high.
Drive at a sensible speed, 60mph or less.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:05 PM   #3
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You should not have any problem towing the Bambi with a Suburban.
Just make sure the tongue is level or just slightly low when hitched. Single axle trailers tend to sway if they they are hitched high.
Drive at a sensible speed, 60mph or less.
X2..

A WD hitch may not be needed with the "Burb" but consider at least a friction sway bar and quality brake controller.

Does your Suburban have the Autoride self-leveling suspension?

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Old 03-15-2013, 08:44 PM   #4
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You guys, thank you SO much! I've been so worried about getting it home...me more so than my husband. Robert, to answer your question, my husband says "no". It's a 1999 Suburban. Great old car that we've used for everything! Just can't seem to get rid of it! (: Probably not too far off though...118,000 miles. It has about 80,000 miles on the "new" transmission ( that went out when we were towing a Coleman Niagara pop up a few years ago) I feel MUCH better now...until we can get something. Any recommendations? My husband likes the idea of the dual cam system (maybe not that big heavy duty thing...if there is something less than that. He's not a big fan of the "friction" thing..and I just plain don't know. Truely, thanks so much for the help. (:
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:50 PM   #5
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Ps...

I'm not sure if my second post went through, but the Suburban does have a brake controller on it. Thanks again. (:
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Don't fret our 95 7.4 2500 had 180k+ when we sold it...still crank'n good.


The friction worked well enough on our 63 22' Safari. One single friction bar on the streetside tongue rail.
Another on the curbside is also an option.
At the time I was using the old style Reese straight line, 600lb WD bars.


Be advised the dual cam style WD relies on cam friction which needs tongue weight to work effectively, something your 16 is a bit light on.
BUT....I have no experience with it on a light single axle Airstream.

BTW.... light weight single axle Airstreams do SWAY....ask me how I know.

Any questions?.....

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Old 03-16-2013, 07:25 AM   #7
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Yikes! Not sure I want to know... Thanks for the pics and the link. VERY helpful for us, being new.
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Opinions on hitches are like opinions on feet - everyone likes the ones they have. (Or something like that.)

I towed our light single axle Argosy many miles with a Eaz-Lift hitch and a single friction sway control. The same set-up works fine on our 23' Safari.

We also wound up towing our Safari home just on the ball using a Tahoe. Drove slow and it was OK, but by no means optimal. You'll be OK doing the same. Enjoy the new-to-you trailer!

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