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Old 05-18-2017, 01:45 PM   #1
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New (to me) 25' International

Hi all,

I can't believe I'm able to join the forum as an active airstreamer instead of a wishing lurker! My wife and I have wanted an AS for a few years and have been working towards our goal diligently. We came across an exceedingly clean 2013 25RB International Serenity in my home town, bought at our local dealership, maintained there, and being sold by a friend of a friend. I also think we got a wonderful deal on it. So, step 1 is down! We are so excited!

I have many questions. Most are easily answered on via the search, on you tube, in the Newbies book, if not all of these. However, the one question I have right now concerns hitch fitting.

I don't know what model hitch the seller is including, but he did buy it at the dealer and he generally choose mid to high-end equipment so I am confident it'll be a good product. The hitch was fit to his F150 crew cab longbed. My TV is a double cab 6' bed - so, close but not identical. I assume I'll want a professional to fit my hitch system, but the question is how do I get it to them? My options:

1) Hook it up with the sway bars and tow it the 20 miles or so to the dealer or another provider
2) Hook it up without the sway bars and do the same
3) Cry for help

Any ideas for me?

Thanks,
Adam
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Old 05-18-2017, 01:57 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums, and a bad case of aluminumitis...it's incurable...

I'd go ahead and hook up with sway bars, and tow gingerly to the dealer to get set up properly...

Airstreams like to be close to dead level when towing so the axles will work properly and share the load..

Be sure all your lights work, brakes work, and the breakaway switch is connected to your tow vehicle. You do have a brake controller, right? If not, unless the 20 miles is dead flat, don't travel until you have one properly installed...
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Old 05-18-2017, 01:59 PM   #3
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Hello and welcome!

I would find out which hitch it is and maybe watch a couple of videos on YouTube about that specific model. Then hook it up to your truck and see how it looks, you should know some of what to look for from the videos. If it looks close, tow it to your dealer. Or see how it feels on the road. Maybe see if the seller would participate in this if you don't know what to feel for.

Bottom line is that you will want to run it over the scales to see how it looks. Most dealers seem to have only a basic knowledge of setting up W/D hitches.

Congratulations, be sure to post pics!
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