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Old 09-10-2011, 08:53 AM   #1
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Anybody here pull their Airstream with a big truck?

I used to drive tractor trailer years ago & have a few old cars & was considering a vintage Peterbilt or Kenworth single axle tractor to pull our '66 Safari. Would look cool, fun (for me) to drive, pull easily...but maybe beat the camper to death! I see a airsafe hitch in my future either way as my 2000 Dodge 2500 is not exactly the smoothest ride. Any experience here? A photo of the rig would be fun also!
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There are a few around. When I see these pics I think of a square peg in a round hole?!? I do like the Rolls idea though. Lots of comfort.
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Why not stretch the truck frame and set the Airstream body on the frame? You could start your own web page and sell calendars.
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Why not stretch the truck frame and set the Airstream body on the frame? You could start your own web page and sell calendars.

Ummm, O.K.? I guess I missed the joke?
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I don't have a heavy truck for a TV, but I can speak for the Air Safe hitch. I bought one after a few trips with our new trailer.

The older trailer with the rear twins never really looked too disheveled after a day of towing. But, with more stuff stowed at the rear of a trailer with a front bed, a day of interstate travel had things looking like they had been in a dryer.

The Air Safe made an obvious improvement.

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Jeff, is there a way to drop the Air Safe low enough to use with my stupid tall (from the factory) pickup?
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Don't have a HDT but we do have a MDT a C5500 Chevrolet crewcab with a hauler bed that we use to tow our 5er and also our 29' Airstream Excella. Don't even know the AS is back there after towing the 36' 5er, and I get alot better fuel mileage towing the AS.

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Old 09-19-2011, 06:54 AM   #8
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Jeff, is there a way to drop the Air Safe low enough to use with my stupid tall (from the factory) pickup?

ScaryLarry, I believe AirSafe sells a multi-hole mount bar that allows a lot of up/down fitting to their hitch. Their website probably shows it, or their telephone rep could fill you in.
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No practial or technical information, but I think one of these old Mack Bulldogs set up correctly would make ONE HECK of an eye catching TV. Maybe setup some kind of storage compartment where a sleeper would be and enjoy the view.

This pic was at a truck show in Cherokee NC last year. They had a nice showing of classic old trucks.
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It's just a matter of time for me!! A pickup chassis would probably be way more practical, no air brakes & easier/cheaper to maintain.
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There's a very nice restored 1937 Mack JR for sale...only $165,000
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A little too very nice for me!! and wouldn't pull any more than my 41 Ford panel.
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THIS is the one that has me worked up!

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If one wanted to see customized haulers, about Labor Day week-end the Iowa 80 truck stop in Walcott Iowa has 100 plus there on display. Some are to see and some for sale. I believe the truck stop is the largest in the country. Check it out.
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I have been looking around for a midliner or Expidier (trash truck) one axle to put my 24' AS on, just for fun mind you. I think a LT (light truck) is best for hauling although I do keep my eye out for a smaller med truck. Just for fun.

I wonder is your tractor air ride or spring?

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No mine, just the one making me want to buy yet another vehicle I dont really need!
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Here's one that stopped to quick...
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I don't have a heavy truck for a TV, but I can speak for the Air Safe hitch. I bought one after a few trips with our new trailer.

The older trailer with the rear twins never really looked too disheveled after a day of towing. But, with more stuff stowed at the rear of a trailer with a front bed, a day of interstate travel had things looking like they had been in a dryer.

The Air Safe made an obvious improvement.

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jd, Do Air Safe hitches eliminate the need for anti-sway bars and levelers?
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I used to drive tractor trailer years ago & have a few old cars & was considering a vintage Peterbilt or Kenworth single axle tractor to pull our '66 Safari. Would look cool, fun (for me) to drive, pull easily...but maybe beat the camper to death! I see a airsafe hitch in my future either way as my 2000 Dodge 2500 is not exactly the smoothest ride. Any experience here? A photo of the rig would be fun also!
I'm thinking about this, and the things that would worry me are:

1. Noise. I feel bad with my Powerstroke in the campground, and a tractor trailer is even louder.

2. Height. I'd worry much more about low-hanging trees and the like - campgrounds aren't designed with tractors in mind. Also, if you want to go somewhere that has a parking deck, well, forget that.

3. Inefficiency. "Honey, we're out of milk." "Okay, I'll go get some..." Suddenly you're driving a large, ungainly vehicle... to go get a quart of milk. This is one of the reasons I never wanted to drive my B190 around after getting to my destination - instead I always had a car with me either by towing, renting, or getting someone else to drive one. (Exception - I did occasionally go for weekend trips with no car at all.)

4. General size. I'm not sure of the length of those but I'd wonder where I'd park it in some sites I've been in.

Don't get me wrong, I think it'd be cool to see. I just think there would be some headaches I wouldn't want to deal with.
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