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Old 09-23-2017, 11:01 AM   #15
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Congrats. You have a nice set up and I know you are going to love it.

We have to store ours away from home but it is only something like 12 miles away. I am still envious of those who have a place at home and even more so if it is an inside storage spot.

When I drop mine off I leave the hitch head and bars in the trailer. The last thing that goes in is the hitch and it is the first thing out when I come to pick the trailer up. I have a 2 by 4 with some newspaper. I lay out the paper and use the 2 by to rest the greasy ends of the WD bars on. This works for me and keeps me from having to drive around with that big hitch sticking out the back of the truck.

My Tundra tows my 25 nicely. I do use cruise control when on a level stretch but here in the NW it is often hard to find such roads. I have not heard of any issue with using the Toyota cruise control when towing.
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:06 AM   #16
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Good job, and congratulations!

The part about the noisy hitch bars can be easily be fixed. I tried greasing them in a number of places, but the location that did the most good was at the point where they pivot/rotate on the hitch itself. When I used the Equal-i-zer lube at those points, the squeal I had dealt with for so long magically disappeared.
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:10 AM   #17
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Good job, and congratulations!

The part about the noisy hitch bars can be easily be fixed. I tried greasing them in a number of places, but the location that did the most good was at the point where they pivot/rotate on the hitch itself. When I used the Equal-i-zer lube at those points, the squeal I had dealt with for so long magically disappeared.
I squirted some WD40's "White Lithium Grease" on those pivots and didn't hear a thing until I got at parking lot speeds. Then the creaking. I'll try the Equilizer lube next, I think the spray grease is too thin.
I did use the pads Equilizer sells for the "L" brackets so no lube there.

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We bought our 2017 25' FB from North Trail earlier this year. Really liked the dealership. Glad you had a good experience as well. They have significantly ramped up their AS department. We left with the trailer on the Thursday before Irma as we were supposed to really get smacked and we wanted to make sure we had something to live in. We got lucky with minimal damage to the property.
Wow! You were there the day before I was supposed to pick mine up.
By Friday they were scrambling and I couldn't get insurance.
Their new service center is very impressive. I didn't even know it was back there. I wondered how they'd put all the Airstreams inside, now I see.
I didn't see any damage there. I'm sure they had tree limbs down.
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Old 09-23-2017, 01:01 PM   #18
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So glad to hear all went well. I'm over on the other side of the state but went up to north Georgia while Irma did her thing. Next time you have to leave because of a hurricane I can tell you it is much nicer to have your own place right behind you. Much easier than trying to find a hotel that allows dogs.
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Old 09-23-2017, 01:26 PM   #19
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Glad everything worked out great for y'all. Now go out and enjoy your new toy because its not worth a dime if you don't use it. I'm retired and able to use it on short trips once a month and able to keep it under cover on our property.
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Old 09-23-2017, 07:30 PM   #20
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Regarding the tailgate hitting the screwjack; my 4-Runner, had a back window that opened so that I could access 'gizmos' as required.
The heavy spring bars, I removed and placed on the ground before hitching up.
Didn't need to open the tailgate, as everything was in reach, or on the ground already.
My F-150, has a cargo cap; same story.

I do lubricate the moving parts, especially those under extreme pressure.
I use C-5 Colloidal Copper extreme pressure lube, (450,000 P.S.I. protection.)
including the ball.
And I do cover all the greasy bits with plastic shopping bags, and a dedicated cover for the ball, to prevent 'wearing' it.
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Old 09-23-2017, 08:57 PM   #21
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Congrats on the new AS!!!

I had that squeaking, here's what I do and it's great. I use those pads you mention. No grease at all in the square hole for the bars. I grease the top and bottom of the square bar holder (outside the hole). My bars never have grease on them.

The main culprit for me is the hitch ball and coupler. If that is not greased, it will creak when parking. When greased its silent.

Have fun now with all the mods you have been reading about waiting for the rig to Arrive! They add up quick!
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Old 09-24-2017, 03:47 PM   #22
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Congratulations, Mollysdad!!! I am very excited for you and it's great news that Irma didn't pose any serious issues. I'm envious because the 26U is our target AS when we are able to pull the trigger in a couple years. Don't know if I can wait that long!

I look forward to seeing you at Alumalina next month and getting a tour of your new baby!

Travel safely.

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Old 09-24-2017, 03:49 PM   #23
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Congratulations!

Congratulations on your new baby!

My brother gave us a good thing to remember as we started to count up all the extra$. He said: Remember, the Airstream is just the beginning! And he is right. But all these extra things really do help make living the Airstream lifestyle a joy. Slow down and enjoy the ride and we will see you on the road!

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