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Old 06-28-2011, 10:46 PM   #15
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You should get much enjoyment from this trailer. Yes, the hitch needs adjustment. Without going into details as this has been discussed at length in other threads here, when it's right, the trailer will be level fore to aft, the van will be essentially level, and the spring bars will deflect about 1 - 2" and will be more or less parallel to the frame when under tension.

Do you know what the bars are rated for? There has been a lot of discussion here that many hitches are sold with bars that are too stout, particularly for an Airstream.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:46 AM   #16
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Nice unit! Those hardened washers used in the hitch set-up can usually be purchased at Home Depot. Try looking in the big cabinet with metal drawers. (I am assuming your hitch uses standard sized washers like mine).
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:22 PM   #17
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Nice unit! Those hardened washers used in the hitch set-up can usually be purchased at Home Depot. Try looking in the big cabinet with metal drawers. (I am assuming your hitch uses standard sized washers like mine).
The pictures show the Reese Dual Cam Strait Line hitch. I believe the washers you mentioned are for a different brand, or have I missed something?
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:29 PM   #18
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The pictures show the Reese Dual Cam Strait Line hitch. I believe the washers you mentioned are for a different brand, or have I missed something?
In both of my hitches there are washers used as shims to adjust the up/down angle of the hitch head.
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:00 PM   #19
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The pictures show the Reese Dual Cam Strait Line hitch. I believe the washers you mentioned are for a different brand, or have I missed something?
Yes, that's right, there are no shims used on this hitch. There are two square washers on the top bolt that have groves for adjusting the angle.

The hitch uses 1,200 pound bars. In reading other threads, it sounds like they may be too stiff. Comments??

Thanks for all the responses.
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:42 PM   #20
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For what it's worth, I have the identical Reese dual cam hitch with 1200# bars. I have the ball height set at approximately 20" (top of ball) unhitched. This settles down to approx. 18 1/2" to 19" after hitched and with bars in the (4th) chain length. Everything balances out with approx same height front and back of trailer - also with tow vehicle.
Reese has a set up instruction PDF file for more detailed information on their website.
Very nice looking Airstream - enjoy!

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Old 07-14-2011, 07:48 PM   #21
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What are you towing with? I can see it is a Chevy van, but 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, or 1 ton flavor?

What you have is quite possibly what we are looking at. We're still deciding on the class of RV for full-timing, and a 30 or 31-foot Airstream looks like what we would want.
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Old 07-16-2011, 01:49 PM   #22
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Yes, our TV is a '99 Chevrolet 2500 extended van. We have eight (8!) kids, so if we want to tow a trailer, we pretty much have to use a van. This van has the 5.7 liter (350 CI) engine. We had the differential gears changed from 3.73:1 to 4.10:1 which helps out a lot for towing. I also added a second transmission oil cooler and an additional engine oil cooler. I added a US Gear gauge pod with vacuum, transmission oil temperature, and tachometer; these are handy while towing. Our van has just over 90K miles since we mostly use it only for towing the trailer and going to church on Sundays (which is pretty much the only time we are all together).

As I mentioned earlier, our new Airstream tows much easier than our old trailer. This is due to it being a bit lighter, and that we are not pushing a sheet of plywood through the air(!).

Our next (first with everybody along - the trip home from Montana was just my wife and I) trip will be at the end of the month to Randall, WA (between Mount St Hellens and Mount Rainier)., should be fun!!

Lots of fun!!

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Old 07-17-2011, 04:14 PM   #23
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I looks great!
We just brought our airstream home from Washington to Oregon!
I'm so excited to have it home and to start camping in it! I'm sure you are too.
I hope to be on the road to New Mexico in a month.
good luck with your new purchase and hope we meet up sometime since we are here in the NW
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Nice rig. Good luck with it. Now for the question I'm sure everyone is curious about, How do you "pack" the whole gang in there ??????
Sorry I just gotta know.
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