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Old 09-30-2014, 09:43 AM   #1
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Do you actually like towing your airstream? What to expect on first tow.

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.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:02 AM   #2
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Yes, I do like to tow mine around. Out west where we live traffic is not a big issue which relieves a lot of stress. We are blessed with many rest areas but there are times when we want to stop for a break and/or eat lunch when we are out in the boondocks. Having our trailer makes it very nice.

We don't like to put in many hours each day driving. Our goal is to stick close to 250 miles and I tow inbetween 60 and 65. Take it easy, go slow and enjoy the sights.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:06 AM   #3
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For me driving it is fun in respects - you are leaving your grind - the anticipation.

Also there is the vanity aspect - showing off your AS - in ways like feeling some pride for driving around in say a sports car...sorta.

On the other hand - for me I find some aspects a tad stressful....if you know exactly where you will has up - or stop and eat etc - then there is no access stress - the notion of pulling off into a place and having a hell of a time getting out - this can be easily avoided with preparation and patience

I do not like being in tow with heavy traffic

If we play a thought experiment of say "beaming" your AS to your destination instead of towing it there - it would I suspect take away some of the fun of airstreaming - reduce anticipation - take away some of the sights you see and missing "nuggets" that you get in transition

Of course for some that take much longer trips or are full time then this is a key benefit I suspect


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Old 09-30-2014, 10:08 AM   #4
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I love to tow my Airstream!

I've towed other trailers and the Airstream tows the best. I'm very comfortable behind the wheel with the trailer on behind. I think that is mostly the result of having a well matched combination of truck, trailer and hitch. My rig feels like it is meant to be together, the truck doesn't struggle with the trailer and the trailer doesn't push the truck around. It took some time to adjust the weight distribution set up and tire pressures to get things just right, but now I look forward to traveling with the trailer.

My mindset is also different when towing the trailer.
I travel some for work, up to 6 hours by car for 3-4 day contracts and find it is very stressful. I'm usually traveling to a new place where I will be working for/with new people and staying in a hotel without my family. Deadlines are tight and I am constantly watching the clock and worrying about arriving on time.

When I travel with the Airstream it is for vacation! We take our time and have no worries about what time we arrive, I know how to set up the trailer in the dark if I have to and i know there is warm food and cold beer waiting for me in the trailer when we reach our destination. When we're traveling to new places it's and exciting adventure!

My advice is to take your time, plan extra stops and set realistic travel goals to start. Don't be afraid to ask for help backing up or setting up your trailer, RV people are friendly and helpful. Buy a copy of "the next exit" or the equivalent smart phone App. Relax and have Fun Towing.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:11 AM   #5
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I love to tow my Airstream!



I've towed other trailers and the Airstream tows the best. I'm very comfortable behind the wheel with the trailer on behind. I think that is mostly the result of having a well matched combination of truck, trailer and hitch. My rig feels like it is meant to be together, the truck doesn't struggle with the trailer and the trailer doesn't push the truck around. It took some time to adjust the weight distribution set up and tire pressures to get things just right, but now I look forward to traveling with the trailer.



My mindset is also different when towing the trailer.

I travel some for work, up to 6 hours by car for 3-4 day contracts and find it is very stressful. I'm usually traveling to a new place where I will be working for/with new people and staying in a hotel without my family. Deadlines are tight and I am constantly watching the clock and worrying about arriving on time.



When I travel with the Airstream it is for vacation! We take our time and have no worries about what time we arrive, I know how to set up the trailer in the dark if I have to and i know there is warm food and cold beer waiting for me in the trailer when we reach our destination. When we're traveling to new places it's and exciting adventure!



My advice is to take your time, plan extra stops and set realistic travel goals to start. Don't be afraid to ask for help backing up or setting up your trailer, RV people are friendly and helpful. Buy a copy of "the next exit" or the equivalent smart phone App. Relax and have Fun Towing.

Ah... Tire pressure. What pressure do you tow with? My tires are rated up to 80 psi.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:16 AM   #6
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I love to tow my Airstream!

I've towed other trailers and the Airstream tows the best. I'm very comfortable behind the wheel with the trailer on behind. I think that is mostly the result of having a well matched combination of truck, trailer and hitch. My rig feels like it is meant to be together, the truck doesn't struggle with the trailer and the trailer doesn't push the truck around. It took some time to adjust the weight distribution set up and tire pressures to get things just right, but now I look forward to traveling with the trailer.

My mindset is also different when towing the trailer.
I travel some for work, up to 6 hours by car for 3-4 day contracts and find it is very stressful. I'm usually traveling to a new place where I will be working for/with new people and staying in a hotel without my family. Deadlines are tight and I am constantly watching the clock and worrying about arriving on time.

When I travel with the Airstream it is for vacation! We take our time and have no worries about what time we arrive, I know how to set up the trailer in the dark if I have to and i know there is warm food and cold beer waiting for me in the trailer when we reach our destination. When we're traveling to new places it's and exciting adventure!

My advice is to take your time, plan extra stops and set realistic travel goals to start. Don't be afraid to ask for help backing up or setting up your trailer, RV people are friendly and helpful. Buy a copy of "the next exit" or the equivalent smart phone App. Relax and have Fun Towing.
This sums up exactly the way I feel about towing the trailer - it is a blast!
Well except for the high traffic urban areas..... I will drive around Cincinnati before I will ever drive thru on Interstate I-75.
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Another thought,

Stop for fuel way before you need it and when you see an easy place to get in and out of.

I hate the stress of worrying about running out of fuel and having to maneuver the truck and trailer in to a tight spot to get fuel.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:29 AM   #8
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Ah... Tire pressure. What pressure do you tow with? My tires are rated up to 80 psi.
Tire pressure is going to be specific to your truck, trailer and tires.

My setup is as follows:
Truck: 2005 Toyota Tundra SR5 V8 4x4 Double cab
Tires: Yokohama Geolandar ATS P265/70/16
Front Tires = 40psi
Rear Tires = 45psi

Trailer: 1977 Airstream Safari
Tires: Michelin LTX MS2 P235/75/15XL
44psi

I suggest you start with your door stick and adjust from there.
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Having towed Airstreams probably 200,000 miles, I have to say yes, I like towing just fine. I am not sure if you are talking about the towing experience itself (how it feels back there, power etc.) or the idea of getting somewhere.

My current rigs are both 20' which is the right size for me. The tow vehicle is a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee with most of the bells and whistles, and the Hemi V8. The hitch is an Andersen. The rig tows as if it were one unit, solid, responsive, never a wag or a pitch or sway. The nicest combination I have had in the 36 years I have had Airstreams.

As for destinations, I travel in low stress areas, mostly Idaho, Montana, Washington these days, but I have towed in all lower 48 states and have towed north of the Arctic Circle in the Yukon. I boondock almost exclusively. I am out right now as I type this, the only one in a Forest Service Campground in Montana. No fees, super quiet, raining outside, all the comforts of home inside. This is my 70 th night out since April. Maybe 6000 miles of actual towing this year. I find as I get older (or just plain old) that I do like to know where I will be at night, I don't like to look for a new untried campground at 5 pm.

So, Yes, I do like towing my Airstream, both the experience and the destinations.
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If I haven't towed my Airstream for a while its a little nerve wracking for me when I start a trip. I'm afraid of getting hit, judging tight corners, backing into a campsite, etc. But after a few miles down the road I'm more relaxed. Now backing is another story. I'm getting better but I'm super afraid of pranging the AS.

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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.
Have a quality hitch system, a quality trailer brake controller, and an adequate tow vehicle. Take your time. We usually run ten miles per hour under the speed limit. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

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I think towing the Airstream is easier than towing our boat. More stable, less drag, smoother experience. We tow at 60 mph, and do not worry particularly about heavy traffic. At 60 mph, in the right hand lane, we view ourselves as being on an "island". Traffic approaching from the rear will see our rig and immediately change lanes anywhere from 50-100 yards behind us. At the speed they are traveling, they are well past us before they move back into our lane. Thus, the "island" concept. We are just out there by ourselves.
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Go to a large parking lot and practice backing up into parking spaces in the day and night..Get comfortable with your abilities to use your mirrors.Develop a pre flight check on your Airstream prior to leaving.Pulling is easy as it will follow you but backing up is stressful to some especially after traveling all day.Set lower mileage goals untill you are used to the procedure.and above all have fun.
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Tire pressure is going to be specific to your truck, trailer and tires.



My setup is as follows:

Truck: 2005 Toyota Tundra SR5 V8 4x4 Double cab

Tires: Yokohama Geolandar ATS P265/70/16

Front Tires = 40psi

Rear Tires = 45psi



Trailer: 1977 Airstream Safari

Tires: Michelin LTX MS2 P235/75/15XL

44psi



I suggest you start with your door stick and adjust from there.

I have the Michelin LTX MS2 as well and a Toyota sequioa. So they are pretty similar rigs.
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