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RE: WDH noise

I have an Equalizer and have used this hitch on two trailers. It is easy to hook up and easy to unhook. The hitch head is heavy and you do have to lubricate it so it can get a bit dirty to handle. Mine did make noise early but after having checked with the factory, once you put a little lubrication on the head and the L brackets, this noise all but goes away. On my current set up it is lightly dialed in and makes almost no noise. My set up is level and I have yet to experience any sway in close to 40K miles on my current trailer. Way back when I purchased my first Equalizer I was pointed in this direction because I did not want to have to disconnect before backing and I didn't like the idea of snapping the chains in place. Today's hitches are much better and these two issues are no longer big concerns. Don't avoid the Equalizer because of the sound. I understand that others make as much or more noise as an Equalizer. There are a lot of good hitches out there today. Good luck finding one that works for you.
aftermath 04/22/17 09:16am Towing
RE: Trailer tires, radial vs. bias ply

JIMNLIN, I went back and read the post which I pasted here: ------ Airstream does not buy these tires from Michelin, they buy them from a local tire dealer. I was in contact directly with Michelin two Airstreams back concerning my intended use of Michelins on one of our previous Airstreams. My email reply, from the VP of Marketing was short and sweet. "The Michelin Corporation does not manufacture a tire suitable for use on travel trailers and therefore your use of any Michelin tire on a travel trailer will void any and all warranties from The Michelin Corporation either written or implied". I put Michelins on, I had Michelins on our next Airsteam and I use them on our 2017 Classic. If there is an issue I am counting on taking care of it ourselves. ----------- I missed the "two Airstreams back" which indeed dates this notification. You are correct in stating that things have changed. I also do not have an "agenda" is you insinuated. I was merely stating a fact that I read and one that obviously has changed over time. I do apologize for influencing anyone to avoid these tires.
aftermath 04/22/17 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer tires, radial vs. bias ply

There is a thread currently running on the Airstream Forum about using Michelin LT tires on trailers. A member contacted the headquarters and Michelin does not advise using their LT tires on trailers. As a matter of fact they went on to say that doing so will void the warranty. Many continue to claim the benefits of the "stronger" LT tire out weighs the risks. Apparently it remains a popular option regardless of what the factory is saying.
aftermath 04/21/17 09:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: New to WDH and sway control

I am also on the Airstream forum and like any forum you have to weigh all the comments. They seem to think that since you have an Airstream you need to jump in and spend 2 to 3K on a hitch. If you had a really big trailer, maybe that is the way to go. I tow my 25 with an Equalizer and really like how it works. It is easy to connect and disconnect, you can back it up and I have never had a white knuckle experience in over 40K miles towing. You are going to like your trailer. They tow really well. I had a Starcraft hybrid that was 5 feet shorter and about a ton lighter. The Airstream tows much better and I am getting just about the same mileage now.
aftermath 04/18/17 04:57pm Towing
RE: New Tires needed

I just put a pair of Carlisle Sport Trail L/H on my older tent trailer but it has 12 inch wheels. I also put on a set of Carlisle Sports Trail HD on my Airstream. They are pretty good tires, the HDs. Discount Tires are pretty good to work with.
aftermath 04/09/17 08:41pm Folding Trailers
RE: Mounted bubble level vs. 2' level

Great idea Dutchmansport. I still have a rotary dial cell phone so the app won't work. This is funny! I wonder how many caught the humor here. Thanks for my laugh of the day.
aftermath 04/07/17 09:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with a 1/2 ton

What a post! Just because it was a half ton with a short bed does that mean you can't tow a trailer? What kind of trailer? Did he have a WD hitch? Was he using sway control? Was it a built in sway control or one of those add on sway bars? Was the trailer loaded properly? There are just too many questions to ask before you make such a blanket statement like this. Half tons are just fine for many trailers. Don't assume you need a truck dripping with testosterone before you can tow a trailer less than 6500 pounds.
aftermath 04/07/17 09:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a 1/2 ton

This is similar to my situation. 7200 Gross trailer weight and we go down the road right at 6500. I have stopped and weighed more than once. It is going to come down to what you plan to take with you. You can load some stuff in the trailer but the rest will have to go in the bed of the pickup. It is only the two of us now and we usually take along a generator and some extra water when we boondock but other than that, not much heavy stuff. The V8s today are designed to run at high RPM so don't let people scare you about getting over mountains. I can climb almost any hill at 60 in 4th at 3K RPM when needed. Keep the trailer light and you should be fine.
aftermath 04/07/17 04:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anti sway

.... These new systems (talked to one of their engineers)...the highly integrated brake controller sends a bit of braking signal to the trail...to have the trailer pull the TV a bit...while the highly integrated anti-sway system determines which INDIVIDAUL wheel brake...via the highly integrated ABS system...obeys that command...braking individual wheels in concert (opposite to the sway direction)...until the sway condition abates down to some pre-determined level.... I am confused by this part. Are you saying that the TV's system controls each side of the trailer brakes independently? How would that work? I agree with the other posts. Get a good WD hitch with built in sway control. Load your trailer properly and you should be good to go. If your TV has built in sway control that is even better. It is not good enough to use this alone. Make it a party of your system.
aftermath 04/07/17 07:44am Towing
RE: PSI With New Tires...

If you read the side wall it will give a max load psi, inflate to that pressure. This is what you should do to TRAILER tires. ST tires on most trailers require max inflation because load limits are close to the actual weight of the trailer and if these tires are under inflated friction will cause heat build up which damages them. TV tires are another animal. You certainly can inflate to the max but you won't be helping things. You will wear out the tire sooner and your ride is likely to become more harsh. Do what people have suggested. Look up the load vs inflation data for your tire. Check the weight of your truck, the weight of the tongue (estimate if you have to) and estimate the weight of the stuff you will be taking with you. This will give you a good idea. Now check the load guide and you probably will be surprised.
aftermath 04/06/17 07:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cable work on a 1978 Jayco

Take a look at popup parts http://www.popupparts.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=4_1932_1933 I worked on my son in laws older Jayco and was able to see diagrams from an on line search and names of the parts we needed. One of his cables jumped off the pulley and then cut through the base of the pulley. It was challenging but we did it. Good luck
aftermath 04/04/17 10:26am Folding Trailers
RE: Here we go, another EZ lube debate!

^^^^^^Do you pull the brakes on your car/truck yearly? They generally get a lot more use than the trailer. Some inspection ideas have merit, and others not so much. Uh, not always. When I got my Airstream I asked the mechanic about yearly inspections and he told me you should go by mileage more than just a calendar. He mentioned 10k miles. I have been averaging close to 8K a year so, no I don't do it yearly. Some years yes, other years it is more like a year and a half. Good catch.
aftermath 03/20/17 09:18pm Towing
RE: Here we go, another EZ lube debate!

It's a high likelihood that eventually the volume of grease pumped in to the zerk over several years will surpass the capacity of the bearing cavity, blowing out the rear seal. Previous owner of my cargo trailer followed the "there's a grease fitting, so I will shoot grease in it every year" maintenance regime. It blew out the rear seal: Upgrades to my trailer - 8.5x20 Haulmark This is it! When people see a zert they simply pump grease into it. Pretty easy to do the "right" thing. I personally know very little about the EZ lube set up. I do know how a bearing buddy works. The problem I have with both of these is that most (not all) folks out there know very little about how to properly use the fitting to avoid blowing out the seals. If you purchase a trailer from a second owner chances are that your brakes will look like those in the photos posted. With brakes, I believe they need to be inspected and adjusted yearly. If you are going to do this, then pack the bearings while you are in there.
aftermath 03/19/17 09:47am Towing
RE: Moving from Hybrid to TT

Bikendan, we went through this a few years back. Our Starcraft 21SSO was a great trailer but as retirement loomed we knew that we would be doing some long trips. While I loved my pop up and the hybrid, camping in the cold was not much fun nor was tearing down and setting up every day on the road. We left the hoses with the hybrid. I did notice a need for a second set of lynx levelers and an extension for the sewer hose. Bedding is also something that we had to add. We used our sleeping bags before but now have a nice queen bed just like home. Other than that, you will know what you need soon enough. This isn't your first rodeo. Have fun on the road. I highly recommend retirement.
aftermath 03/10/17 07:57am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer front wheels warmer, WDH the cause?

Wow, that sounds like my story. Got a tent trailer in '89 and the tires looked good. Within the first year after driving from Spokane to the California border I noticed a big chunk of tread missing. Replaced the tires and within a couple of years had a major failure which did a lot of damage to a wheel well. I figured it was a faulty tire. Went in and replaced these 12 inch tires again. About 4 years later another blowout. This time no damage but by the time I got it stopped it was so hot I feared a fire would break out any time. Finally, we to Les Schwab where a guy explained the problem with under inflating a tire. I had been asked if I "aired up the tires" before the trip and if I was "overloaded". I aired up the tires so there was no noticeable bulge never really paying attention to the 80lb. specs on the side of the tire. I went YEARS with under inflated tires and had three failures because of it. Learning the hard way is not the way to go.
aftermath 03/09/17 01:29pm Towing
RE: Trailer front wheels warmer, WDH the cause?

What kind of tires do you have? Are all 4 the same? If you are starting at 50 lbs inflation there might be a good chance that they are under inflated. An under inflated tire will flex more and build up heat faster. If all of your tires are the same and if all of them are aired up to the max on the sidewall then this shouldn't be an issue. Swapping the fronts and the rears sounds like a good problem solving option. Let us know when you do this.
aftermath 03/09/17 10:35am Towing
RE: Here we go, another EZ lube debate!

I am not a fan of bearing buddies, which I believe to be the same sort of thing we are talking about. I recently re-purchased an older tent trailer that I had owned from 1989 to 2005. One of the more recent owners installed bearing buddies and then began to pump grease into them. When I jacked up the trailer to grease and inspect the bearings I could not get the wheel off of the trailer. The new caps with zerts did not allow enough clearance between the axle and the body. I had to knock them off to get the wheel off. Upon inspection there was grease all over the brake shoes and everything else. I believe that the owner thought he was doing the right thing but pumping grease under pressure damaged the seals and let the stuff out. It was quite a sight. If you have a boat trailer that goes under water regularly the bearing buddy makes sense as long as you don't overdo it. On a regular trailer bearing and brake shoes need to be inspected every year, based on mileage of course.
aftermath 03/09/17 10:26am Towing
RE: Sway control

Whoops, again! I guess this link is dead. You can go to the Airstream forum and search steps for weighing. Sorry the technology got away from me. I will try again and let you know if I find a solution.
aftermath 03/07/17 12:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sway control

Whoops. Try this. www.airforums.com/forums/f464/weight-ratios-69739/html
aftermath 03/07/17 12:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sway control

Steps for weighing Here it is. I found this quite useful and was amazed at my calculated tongue weight.
aftermath 03/07/17 12:28pm Travel Trailers
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