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Old 12-26-2013, 06:19 PM   #29
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That's good to know. Airstream NW installed an Equal-I-Zer hitch on our AS without suggesting any other type. So far, we like that hitch just fine, but if we get unhappy we can go back and ask them about ProPride.
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:36 PM   #30
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Our Danes love to travel! In 3.5 years they have clocked around 23,000 miles and almost 370 days on the road. Using another measure - 41 states! Texas to Montana to Maine to Georgia and in between... West coast soon, but Florida tomorrow!

We have a slide-out which adds the necessary floor space for them to lounge comfortably on the floor each night. Many here have met these kid friendly hams at various events and refer to them as ponies. One is 150 lbs and the other 165 lbs. They have backpacks and carry their own food and water on hikes.
Over 300 pounds of lovable dogs in an Airstream - I love it! Happy travels & enjoy Florida!
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:11 PM   #31
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300# worth of Great Danes?
You might need a 1 ton truck!
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:11 AM   #32
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I asked Sean about dealers that have been installing ProPrides. AirstreamNW was one of those.
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:17 AM   #33
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That's good to know. Airstream NW installed an Equal-I-Zer hitch on our AS without suggesting any other type. So far, we like that hitch just fine, but if we get unhappy we can go back and ask them about ProPride.
I have been reading the forums and found several others happy with their Equalizer hitch; some have switched to ProPride down the line. I do not know much about Hensley, but that may be another one to look into if you would like to switch in the future. It may also depend on your rig. The ProPride seems to be the best option for us. We have a 1/2 ton truck and are planning to add a 27' or 28' AS. I have noticed there are many differing opinions on matters of which hitch is best!

Congratulations on your new AS!
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:36 AM   #34
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Thanks for the congrats. Thus far we're very happy with our 1/2-ton pickup, though we haven't towed all that far yet. We will indeed be keeping an eagle eye on just how much stuff we put in the truck, and we will find scales somewhere to weight out the whole rig and prove out the actual tongue weight for our loaded trailer vs. the load capacity of the truck. We'll never be in doubt about the towing capacity, which far exceeds the maximum safe weight of our loaded trailer; we just want to make sure we don't exceed safe payload limits with tongue weight and any stuff (two bikes!) that we carry in the truck. If we do it right, we shouldn't have a problem...but until we weigh everything, we canna be 100% sure. Gotta find a truck stop or a farm store or maybe even a mulch place. I think they all have scales of various types; we just need to find one that will let us measure (or worst case, compute) the load on each trailer tire, the tongue, and then the truck tires.
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Silvery Moon- I know what you mean about keeping an eye on payload. We are in the same position. We were thinking of getting a topper/cap for the truck but may end up with a tonneau cover instead, not sure yet. We would like to take bikes with us, and one of the forum members mentioned they have the AS bike rack that goes on the back of the trailer. So, no extra payload weight. Could be a good option for us 1/2 tons. I just found this link for truck stop locations - click on the state of interest, and you get listings by city. I haven't yet explored the site much, but maybe it will have some info on scales: Truck Stop Info Plus - find a great truck stop!
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Old 12-27-2013, 04:35 PM   #36
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Get a lightweight black plastic folding tonneau- take the bikes-
I know a couple with a fifth wheel and a folding tonneau- it folds into 3-4 sections against the cab of the truck.
I am considering one for my truck when I get it paid off- 4 more notes-
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Perfect, thanks! I found a truck stop not more than 3 miles from where we store our trailer, and they will weigh one axle at a time. That won't give us the precise per-wheel weight, but it will be a lot more than we know right now, and if we weigh the truck with and without the trailer (and the hitch gear stowed in the back of the truck) we'll be able to easily calculate the tongue weight. They charge $9 for the first weigh. The second is free, and then then they charge you $1.00 a pop. Come to think of it, depending on how the platform is set up, we could potentially weigh one wheel at a time and still not pay too much.
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Given our bikes are recumbents, they won't fit on the AS bike rack. That said, if you have conventional bikes, I highly recommend the AS rack. It won't void your warrantee if you have one, and it will hold two standard bikes quite easily. We, on the other hand, will have to carry our bikes in the truck bed. Ah, the price of being different!
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I have a recumbent I would like to sell- won't be riding anymore- bad hips and knees-
My long wheel base recumbent has to go diagonally in the 5'5" box of my pickup...
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Thumbs up Recumbent side-chat

I hope you find a grateful new owner for that 'bent. I have a short wheelbase recumbent and a recumbent trike, while my wife has a similar trike and a conventional bike. When we camp, we'll each bring one pedaled vehicle. Where possible, we'll bike to local sights and trail heads instead of driving the truck.
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I sold my road bike very easily.
'Bents don't have much of a following here.
We still have mountain bikes and a beach cruiser for the campgrounds.
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I would think the ideal travel bike would be a folding bike like a Brompton or Bike Friday. Rather than spending hundreds on rack systems and having the bike bounce around on the back of the trailer or truck, one just folds it up and tucks it under the dinette or some other convenient place inside the trailer. Then when one is traveling one has a bike that can navigate taxis, buses, subways, elevators and the like.

I have a garage full of expensive bikes but if I was contemplating a long extended airstream adventure or full time lifestyle I would most definitely take a very hard look at folding bikes.
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