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Old 06-22-2019, 05:09 AM   #1
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Airstream 30' and Pro Pride P3

Who tows a 30' with a P3 please tell me your setup

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Old 06-22-2019, 05:17 AM   #2
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Who tows a 30' with a P3 please tell me your setup

Thanks Les Grace


No P3 but Iím doing a Ram Diesel 2500 with blue OX and a classic 30. No problems. Tows like a dream.
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Old 06-22-2019, 06:45 AM   #3
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2 Pedago Platinum Interceptor E-bikes
Thule Folding Wing hitch bike carrier in the back of the truck (for carying bikes when at camp)
Homemade Fiamma style bike rack on the rear to hold 100lbs of bike.

The whole rig comes in at 17205 lbs, 30' Classic is 9640 lbs with 920lbs tongue weight.

The only thing missing in this photo is the two Pedago E-bikes hanging off of the rear of the 30' classic.

A side benefit of the PP is that there is enough clearance between the trailer and the truck to fully open the large hatch to access the contents of the ARE topper. Without that, I can only access through the walk-in door because the hatch hits the trailer jack. In the configuration shown, there isn't any access problems at all.

The truck also has aftermarket air suspension. To set the system up, I leveled the trailer and set the hitch height for the trailer coupler. The manual shows setting it up for the typical loading sag, but with the auto-leveling air bags, there is no sag. What you measure is what you get. I also measured the top of the front fender to the ground (34.5"). I then hook the trailer up, let the auto-leveler raise the back end back up and then crank the hitch jacks until the front fender is back to 34.5". Cat scales show that using that method puts the front axle weight back to within 100lbs of what the truck runs with normally.

Driving it is a dream. It's like running on rails with no major movement unless I want it to move. You have to be careful though. It drives so well, the temptation is to relax and drive one handed (caught my wife with only a thumb and two fingers on the steering wheel this last trip.)

Glad I spent the money on the hitch.

The next project is a 3" lift kit for the TT because there isn't enough clearance on the rear to get into most gas stations around here.
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I guess I should have added with a GM 2500 HD to my post wondering about how many washers and what height on the jacks .
Thanks for the replies
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Old 06-23-2019, 05:05 PM   #5
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I guess I should have added with a GM 2500 HD to my post wondering about how many washers and what height on the jacks .

Hi WF

I tow a 2019 Flying Cloud 30 Bunkhouse with a 2015 GMC Duramax. Here are a few pics showing washers and stinger/drawbar setup. Colonial Airstream recommended 5.5" on the jacks, but after a few trips to the CAT scales and some banter with Sean Woodruff @ Propride, I now ride with 7" on the jacks.

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Old 06-23-2019, 05:20 PM   #6
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I guess I should have added with a GM 2500 HD to my post wondering about how many washers and what height on the jacks .
Thanks for the replies
I have two washers on my stinger. I'm running 7.75" on my jacks with 1400lb bars.

7.75" puts the front axle weight back to within 100lbs of it's original weight with the Classic 30 (~900lbs tongue weight).
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Hi WF

I tow a 2019 Flying Cloud 30 Bunkhouse with a 2015 GMC Duramax. Here are a few pics showing washers and stinger/drawbar setup. Colonial Airstream recommended 5.5" on the jacks, but after a few trips to the CAT scales and some banter with Sean Woodruff @ Propride, I now ride with 7" on the jacks.

Good luck with your setup!






Thanks for the reply , I bought this hitch used and first camping trip last week 2 washers and 6" on the jacks on the way with a full tank of fresh water . front end of truck seemed to wander a little no sway problems though . On the way home empty water tank and 5 1/2" on jacks it towed about the same as before . I haven't been to a Cat scale yet just measured fender heights and I did have the front down about to 1/2" below unloaded height .
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