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Old 05-26-2021, 05:53 PM   #1
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First time Towing 2005 25' Safari Airstream Tow Set Up Question

Hello,

This is a newbie question so thanks for any help. I recently purchase a used 2005 25' Safari Airstream which came with a set up for towing. I am going to tow for my first time and noticed that the stabilizer bars did not come with a pin to hold them in place.

I read through the original manual however the photos are blurry and a little confusing to follow with the instructions.

Any suggestions on a specific pin I should use with this setup and where I can purchase it? Thank you!
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Lots of pins will work. When I had a similar hitch, I used these:
https://www.amazon.com/Reese-Towpowe...48292681&psc=1
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Old 05-26-2021, 07:58 PM   #3
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Thank you very much! I will scoop these up. How did you like that tow set up? Do you still use it or eventually progress to something different with time and experience?
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You connect the link of the chain that generates the lift necessary to level the trailer and the tow vehicle. If the tow vehicle squats in the rear and/or the trailer has its nose down connect the next link down in the the chain and snap the the assembly in place. Dependent upon the load in the tow vehicle and trailer you may have to try different links. Right now from your pictures, you are applying the least amount of lifting force.

For example when I use to tow with my car and Hi-Lo trailer, I used to hook to the third link on each side. If I had a full water tank I used to use the fourth link. Be cautious because it can take some force to snap the assembly in place. You can hurt yourself in the process since you are lifting the trailer and tow vehicle as you snap it in place. If you raise the nose of the trailer after you have secured the ball of the hitch into the hitch socket, the snap up bar will be much save to engage and disengage. Typically you open and close the assembly with the trailer pitched up. It's much safer and the assembly moves quite easily.

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Thank you very much! I will scoop these up. How did you like that tow set up? Do you still use it or eventually progress to something different with time and experience?
The setup I had was similar and only had weight distribution, but nothing to prevent or control sway. I added a friction anti sway device which attached to the frame and the hitch.
https://www.campingworld.com/curt-ma...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

This improved the setup, but then I got a great deal from the folks at Blue Ox and I switched to their sway pro product.
https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...x/BXW1000.html

I towed with the original setup without problem for 12 years and close to 200K miles.

I have been using the BO Sway Pro for 4 years and 60K miles without any issues. I prefer the Sway Pro because it is easier for setup and give a better ride.
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Old 05-26-2021, 09:56 PM   #6
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Thank you very much great tips. I have a Tacoma so I will be renting a Dodge Ram 2500 with brake controller to travel about 300 miles to the Sequoias in California. I will take this advice and pay close attention to both the safety tips and the length of chain. Thank you very much.
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Thank you very much. I will be towing this for my first time and then placing the airstream at the destination for a prolonged period of time. I think the suggestion on the friction anti sway might be the direction I should go as this will be a one time trip for the time being.

So with the stabilizing bars and this anti sway it will provide more stability and safety with towing with a Dodge Ram 2500? The preferred option to provide even more stability is the other suggestion. Please let me know if I am understanding it properly.

I guess my last question is this piece isn’t a permanent fixture on the tow vehicle? Meaning it can be removed as I am renting the truck for the excursion. Thanks again for the help and the patience with my questions!
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The friction sway connects to the 1 1/4" ball that is already on your hitch head and another 1 1/4" ball that is in your trailer frame. If there isnt one on your trailer frame, a new one comes with the sway control. It is installed with 4 large self tapping bolts.

My trailer did not have a sway control. The prior owners towed it nearly 20 years without one. I towed it several trips before putting the sway control on....For your one time tow using a 3/4 ton truck. I probably wouldn't bother buying one
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Personally, I wouldn't use that friction sway bar with a 2005 25' AS. I know from towing our 2006 25' Safari AS using a Reese at the time, it was marginal for the load; don't care what TV you are using. WD and Sway Control are very important for safety; some folks disagree here but some folks tow with an SUV modified to tow an 30' AS...go figure. We used the friction device on our Casita 17' and also on a 20' popup for few years. It was "ok", but big difference in friction vs some of the others with built in anti-sway, like Equalizer or Blue Ox. Just saying, you've made the investment in the AS; if your planning on using your AS a lot, get a proper combination; not a bolt on friction sway. If you ever have an incident where you have to swerve or maneuver at speed, a big wind or semi blows you into a slight swerve, you will appreciate the benefit of the proper sway control and WD, IMHO.
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Hi we have a 2004 International 25 very similar to your Safari ... IMHO you would do well to spend a couple 100 dollars and upgrade to a combo WD+anti-sway system. There are several out there and they all work well. We have a Reese Dual Cam System and personally love it...
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I don't see buying a new hitch to tow a trailer one time with a rented truck, especially when we are talking about a 25 footer and a 3/4 ton truck. I would guess a rental 2500 with a brake controller probably has electronic sway control.

The prior owners got along fine with the supplied hitch for 15 years. I would guess it will work one more day.
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I don't see buying a new hitch to tow a trailer one time with a rented truck, especially when we are talking about a 25 footer and a 3/4 ton truck. I would guess a rental 2500 with a brake controller probably has electronic sway control.

The prior owners got along fine with the supplied hitch for 15 years. I would guess it will work one more day.
I agree, especially since the trip is in CA. Remember the towing max speed limit in CA is 55mph and staying under 55mph sway is less likely.
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Thank you very much for all of the guidance. I will be towing from Encinitas California to right outside the Sequoia National forest about 300 miles. Once I get there I will be placing it on my property there and do not envision multiple trips as i am building there and wanted a place to stay during the process.

With a Dodge Ram 2500 with brake controller and the setup I have going 55mph I should be set.

When I transition to traveling more with the airstream invest in a product like the Blue Ox or the Reese to increase safety and enjoy the experience.

I think I feel pretty good about this. I have been nervous about this and appreciate all of the help from everyone.
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Thank you very much for all of the guidance. I will be towing from Encinitas California to right outside the Sequoia National forest about 300 miles. Once I get there I will be placing it on my property there and do not envision multiple trips as i am building there and wanted a place to stay during the process.

With a Dodge Ram 2500 with brake controller and the setup I have going 55mph I should be set.

When I transition to traveling more with the airstream invest in a product like the Blue Ox or the Reese to increase safety and enjoy the experience.

I think I feel pretty good about this. I have been nervous about this and appreciate all of the help from everyone.
Well, there you have it folks! All that expertise for one time use!
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Hitch receiver

The Ram 2500 will have a 2.5 in hitch receiver. If your hitch shank is a 2 in shank, you will need an adapter.
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The hitch that came with our ‘06 Safari is similar. I found early on that towing with a full fresh water tank seems to add stability too.
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The hitch that came with our Ď06 Safari is similar. I found early on that towing with a full fresh water tank seems to add stability too.
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Recommended to travel with full tank for that reason.
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Thank you I will follow that tip and appreciate the help.
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Hello,

This is a newbie question so thanks for any help. I recently purchase a used 2005 25' Safari Airstream which came with a set up for towing. I am going to tow for my first time and noticed that the stabilizer bars did not come with a pin to hold them in place.

I read through the original manual however the photos are blurry and a little confusing to follow with the instructions.

Any suggestions on a specific pin I should use with this setup and where I can purchase it? Thank you!
We just had a roll over with our Airstream 22' Sport Bambi.
Trailer and TV Totaled. We learned a tremendous amount about proper hitches with anti-sway bars after the accident. All sway bars are NOT created equal. The Hensley Arrow hitch or the ProPride Hitch not only minimize sway, they prevent it all together! More expensive but worth the safety and peace of mind. Good luck!
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I am sorry to hear that and hope no one got hurt.
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