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Old 09-30-2014, 06:18 PM   #29
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I find myself wishing I was towing it every time I'm in my truck. I miss having it behind me. That sounds crazy, I know. But I love towing my Airstream. I do NOT love the boneheaded maneuvers other drivers make - especially when you can see them texting while driving. At highway speeds, a fraction of a second can mean life or death and I couldn't hate that one activity more.

But the experience of towing is really beautiful.
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:31 PM   #30
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I enjoy towing ours.

It took me a while to get used to it, though, even after towing a car on a dolly for several years behind our B190. It was a while before I was able to relax and get comfortable with it - I enjoyed it, but I was nervous about it, too. Don't let that phase you.
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:36 PM   #31
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I text while towing my Airstream... It's THAT easy!

I kid, I kid... I love towing The LoveStream, because it means we're going camping. It makes me happy to just go out and sit in it, but hooking it to the truck, a whole 'nother level of bliss!

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Old 09-30-2014, 07:52 PM   #32
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I text while towing my Airstream... It's THAT easy!

I kid, I kid... I love towing The LoveStream, because it means we're going camping. It makes me happy to just go out and sit in it, but hooking it to the truck, a whole 'nother level of bliss!

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You have a great sense of humor! Adding "it's THAT easy" was the perfect touch! :-)
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Old 09-30-2014, 08:10 PM   #33
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I drive an hour one way to work every day. Been doing it since 1989. The number of people I see every day driving and texting drives me crazy. I didn't mind the talking on the phone so much, but texting is another story. You can tell who's texting before you ever see the phone. They're all over the road...

Thanks for the compliment. Sometimes the humor doesn't come through in this format.

-Red, who really does love towing that Airstream...
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:10 PM   #34
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Do You Like towing your airstream?

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Do you folks like to tow the airstream, or is it merely a means to the destination? After all, they do say that the journey is the destination...

Can you guys give me some basic advice on trailering my 28'? I've towed boats, but only short distances. My first tow will be a nice one -- over 1000 miles.

Any advice and insight appreciated.
Do You Like towing your airstream?

Yes. I think we might be a little vain? Going through town and looking at your self in the store windows as you drift by. Is that bad?
Nah.
That shiny 28' sure done turn heads. The 'rattle, rattle' from the D-Ram helps too
Went down a two lane twisty, last weekend, route 8 in Virginia into Patrick county from the Blue ridge parkway.
I tell you that AS corners like it was on rails. At one point on that road you can look out your driver side window and see through the curtains in the rear bedroom,
It pulls better than any other trailer I have ever pulled. Doesn't push the truck. Wind doesn't push it around, and the tanks were empty.
Its cool.
Now if that electric jack was quieter and didn't sound like a bailing machine in the campground !
But getting there is a lot of fun.
Have a good one and Enjoy the ride!
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:45 PM   #35
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Hook her up ... Drive her away ... She'll follow you wherever you go .
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:52 PM   #36
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the drive will take a lot longer than without the trailer.
avoid the rush hour periods and i use that time to eat.
since it is your first long tow it will be stressful so don't push. i'd avoid towing at night until you get used to towing. the tail will swing out on turns and signs that hang close to the road are hard to see.
narrowed lane due to construction don't leave much room for error.

leave time for hitch adjustments mostly on the first day as things get dialed in.

don't drive tired.

use the outside islands in tight stations. you can't loop around the office at all gas stations.

while a fire is very unlikely, shutting off the propane when refueling is the law in many places and i like to turn off the furnace, fridge and water heater before fueling.

if it is freezing when you get up north you may need to winterize before you get home. i leave the furnace off when towing since you'll have a lot of cold air just sucking that heat right out of the trailer.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:24 PM   #37
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:39 PM   #38
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leave time for hitch adjustments mostly on the first day as things get dialed in.

What do you mean by hitch adjustments? Can you elaborate there?
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:42 PM   #39
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Towing is part and parcel of the total Airstream experience. Learning to swing wide so the corner post does not hit the trailer and backing into a tight space become easier over time.

There is no race, so take it easy. I am not bashful about getting out to monitor my progress in tight spaces. Sort of similar to measure twice and cut once. Remember to look up for low hanging tree branches or power lines. Pay attention to low bridge signs to be sure you will clear without making the entire roof a skylight....
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Old 09-30-2014, 11:04 PM   #40
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Well, we had to learn a few things first. We have made ourself a checklist of everything we need to do before we drive off. May sound stupid but we left our first Airstream rally with the steps down-luckily everyone yelled at us-so we fixed that. Another time-we stopped for a bathroom break-I thought Mark would close the door-he thought I had closed the door-suprise-door wasn't closed-(it was my fault-last one out). Then we also drove off once without double checking all of the drawers-so now we know-be more careful-double check everything.
It's also a good idea to check and set the trailer brakes. Might be different with a newer trailer but with our 67 safari we have to do this.
Other than that-changing lanes is a bit harder because you need more clearance but once you get a feel for it it is easy.
I don't mind pulling it at all. Our is about 3500 pound and only 22' so it's pretty easy.
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Old 09-30-2014, 11:55 PM   #41
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Our rule is to tow during daylight hours.
Though we always seem to be towing at night, due to work schedules which mean leaving late or not leaving at all.
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Old 10-01-2014, 06:21 AM   #42
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Do you actually like towing your airstream? What to expect on first tow.

Luckily our rigs are not so tall but watch clearance - McDonald parking lot is a no go

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