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Old 02-24-2015, 10:22 PM   #631
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Honestly, it does take a little planning with our 22' dual axle. It's more often a turning radius issue, though. Ramps take a careful look, but I usually drag the ProPride WD bars more than the AS itself. Truck stops are very easy. Suburban gas stations can be an issue. I refuel at about 1/2 tank to allow time for a careful look before I try to pull in.


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Old 02-25-2015, 11:33 AM   #632
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Hi. I think I need to subscribe to this thread. Safe travels, all.
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:00 PM   #633
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When I looked at the angle of departure on the 25', I thought tail dragging might be a problem, but we've never had a problem. Going slowly helps avoid the bouncing that can making it problem. The key is being careful. Only once have I driven over a curb turning into a driveway and that was early in our trailering time.

Remember, there are skids under the bumper to ameliorate any dragging. It protects the bumper (which is pretty flimsy) and the undercarriage. Some people put wheels on the skids, but others advise it is not good for the trailer. The reasoning for that escapes me, but it made sense when I read it.

If I had a steeper driveway, I'd be more concerned, but ours is pretty steep and I can't detect any dragging.

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Old 02-25-2015, 12:05 PM   #634
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I too am concerned with tail dragging. I'm very careful to monitor entrances to gas stations and I'll approach slow and at an angle if possible or go to another station. I'm also concerned with road debris and rough roads. My waste and water tank shells hang pretty low.

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Old 02-26-2015, 12:28 PM   #635
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I have also always been very careful about checking driveways that I am about to enter with the Airstream. On a number of occasions I have scraped the bottom side of the Hensley on dipping driveways. In all or our extensive Airstream travel, I have yet to (knock on wood) ever scrape the rear of the Airstream.

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Old 02-26-2015, 06:26 PM   #636
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I dragged the tail of my 34 Limited several years ago. It was totally my fault for not planning ahead. The fuel station was easy to get into, but the convenient exit had a steep slope to it. I should have backed out, but being lazy I went for it. I scrapped on the angle iron skids pretty good. Luckily no damage noted. A 34 is so long that it doesn't take a whole lot of angle before the rear starts to drag. Live and learn.

I think a 25 footer would handle steeper inclines / declines. I suppose the angle is a straight edge from the bottom of the rear tire to the bottom of the rear bumper of our trailers. The 34 footer has a longer rear overhang, thus a shallower angle before it starts to scrap.

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Old 02-27-2015, 02:52 AM   #637
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Wheels on the skids

My guess about not putting wheels on the skids is this would cause the tail to hit sooner. And the trailer may be designed to carry weight from the center, near the holding tanks, while hitting the tail creates a tongue weight of half the gross trailer weight or in my case about 3600 lbs. What is the point of wheels? The skid will not be damaged by an occasional hit.

However, I simply do not go into fueling stations where a potential problem exists. This may be a discussion of gas vs diesel in the TV as I usually am going into truck stops where the entrances are almost always quite easy.
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Hey Moosetags, after reading your posts about the Sewer Solution, I ordered one today, along with the better sewer cap and a 25' extension. We're going down to Austin for a week later this month, and since I've never used the Sewer Solution I thought it might be a good idea to take the old sewer stuff along just in case I have a problem the first time. We've only spent three nights in Peggy Sue so far, so I still have a lot to learn. This discussion is fantastic. Now I'm contemplating 16" LT tires, but that might have to wait. Thanks for all the good info.
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Hey Moosetags, after reading your posts about the Sewer Solution, I ordered one today, along with the better sewer cap and a 25' extension. We're going down to Austin for a week later this month, and since I've never used the Sewer Solution I thought it might be a good idea to take the old sewer stuff along just in case I have a problem the first time. We've only spent three nights in Peggy Sue so far, so I still have a lot to learn. This discussion is fantastic. Now I'm contemplating 16" LT tires, but that might have to wait. Thanks for all the good info.


When you get set up to use your Sewer Solution, you will also want to have a hose splitter so that you will be able to have one hose that you can hook to the city water inlet on the Airstream and another to the Sewer Solution.

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Uh, not a good idea. Please use another hose dedicated to 'utility' use and split it at the campground spigot. Keep sewer solution flush far, far away from potable water connections, even though the sewer solution has an anti-back flow fitting on it.

Can't be too careful, IMHO.


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Uh, not a good idea. Please use another hose dedicated to 'utility' use and split it at the campground spigot. Keep sewer solution flush far, far away from potable water connections, even though the sewer solution has an anti-back flow fitting on it.

Can't be too careful, IMHO.


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I'm sorry. I don't get what you are talking about. How would you go about using the system without a hose splitter from the city water source.

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I too am concerned with tail dragging. I'm very careful to monitor entrances to gas stations and I'll approach slow and at an angle if possible or go to another station. I'm also concerned with road debris and rough roads. My waste and water tank shells hang pretty low.

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Terribly important to have the TT level and not have trailer in a nose up / tail down attitude; we see that all the time when various RVs are heading down the road ...
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Hey Moosetags, after reading your posts about the Sewer Solution, I ordered one today, along with the better sewer cap and a 25' extension. We're going down to Austin for a week later this month, and since I've never used the Sewer Solution I thought it might be a good idea to take the old sewer stuff along just in case I have a problem the first time. We've only spent three nights in Peggy Sue so far, so I still have a lot to learn. This discussion is fantastic. Now I'm contemplating 16" LT tires, but that might have to wait. Thanks for all the good info.
No issues on Sewer Solution...but really, Austin?? You need to be asking about which BBQ joint to visit...I like Rudy's, Franklins, and Salt Lick....fyi.
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I'm sorry. I don't get what you are talking about. How would you go about using the system without a hose splitter from the city water source.



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Some on the forums have suggested using their potable water hoses to run the AS tank flusher and/or sewer solution flush connection and did not really understand how dangerous that idea is. Using a splitter at the campground faucet to feed the sewer solution and tank flusher from a separate hose is the safest way. Sometimes I'm not as clear as I need to be.

I also use a couple short hoses and an extra splitter at the end of my utility hose so I can switch easily between the two flushing connections. Those hoses and my utility hose are stored separately from my potable water hose at all times...


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