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autoarcheologist

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PostSubject: Maiden voyage with the trailer   Maiden voyage with the trailer Icon_minitimeWed Feb 11, 2015 1:33 am

So we pulled the Streamline out of storage today to do a little work on her while we have a dry week.

It pulled OK, but it will need a bit of tweaking before any long trips. I need to drop the ball height an inch or two, check the torsion bars, and ideally get stiffer tires.

It felt a bit squishy compared to our Tahoe, but then the Roadmaster is squishy compared to our Z71 Tahoe.

But so far no major issues have cropped up. It didn't even overheat and I had pulled the mechanical fan belt and forgot to re-install it. Embarassed I will be fixing that tomorrow.

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PostSubject: Re: Maiden voyage with the trailer   Maiden voyage with the trailer Icon_minitimeWed Feb 11, 2015 9:37 am

Woah. That's one big Streamline. I'm genuinely surprised the RMW can tow that. Or that the Streamline is in the ballpark of 5000lbs.
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PostSubject: Re: Maiden voyage with the trailer   Maiden voyage with the trailer Icon_minitimeWed Feb 11, 2015 11:58 am

Nice! What's the trailer weigh?
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autoarcheologist

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PostSubject: Re: Maiden voyage with the trailer   Maiden voyage with the trailer Icon_minitimeWed Feb 11, 2015 12:01 pm

The trailer weighs about 5500 lbs fully loaded, no water onboard, but battery, propane and stuff. I regularly weigh it and the tow vehicle when I find an open scale.
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PostSubject: Re: Maiden voyage with the trailer   Maiden voyage with the trailer Icon_minitimeThu Feb 12, 2015 9:04 am

Not bad. Do you have an equalizing hitch setup or a standard setup? My step-Dad uses his RMW to tow a sailboat; he added an equalizing hitch setup, said it made a noticeable difference.
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autoarcheologist

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PostSubject: Re: Maiden voyage with the trailer   Maiden voyage with the trailer Icon_minitimeThu Feb 12, 2015 12:12 pm

We do have an equalizing hitch and I know it needs to be dialed in a bit. But just based on geometry alone the Tahoe should be more stable, and feels like it.

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Buicknutt

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PostSubject: Re: Maiden voyage with the trailer   Maiden voyage with the trailer Icon_minitimeWed Apr 01, 2015 12:02 am

nice tow! looks like you may be in the market for a front bumper Question
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COL

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PostSubject: Re: Maiden voyage with the trailer   Maiden voyage with the trailer Icon_minitimeThu Apr 02, 2015 3:33 pm

That is a nice set up. We have been pulling and living in our 22' AIRSTREAM for 14 months. Started in Lincoln City OR on 28 FEB 1014. We hauled it down coast highway 1 to Santa Monica, then to our place in Mulege, Baja Mexico. Then we went to AZ, NM, CO, UT CA and back to OR. We headed south again around OCT. We are in Mexico again now with over 20,000 miles on the car and trailer since then.
The best Modification we did was changing to a 3.73 : 1 rear end ratio. It made a great difference in the mountains.
Dick
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PostSubject: Re: Maiden voyage with the trailer   Maiden voyage with the trailer Icon_minitimeFri Apr 03, 2015 9:56 pm

I'd imagine that the longer wheelbase of the Roadie would make it a little better as a tow vehicle, but there are a lot more factors than that.
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PostSubject: Re: Maiden voyage with the trailer   Maiden voyage with the trailer Icon_minitimeSat Apr 04, 2015 10:53 am

rear tires will make a huge difference in stability,..

Tahoe tires will likely be LT type rather than P type,.
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PostSubject: Re: Maiden voyage with the trailer   Maiden voyage with the trailer Icon_minitimeSat Apr 04, 2015 6:29 pm

good looking trailer I love the vintage ones. jeff
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PostSubject: Re: Maiden voyage with the trailer   Maiden voyage with the trailer Icon_minitimeMon May 11, 2015 10:00 pm

Love the look of the trailer with the wagon! They go nice together.

I towed a 26ft 5600 lb trailer about 8,000 miles over a 6 year period before I upgraded the trailer and needed a bigger tow vehicle.  We went over multiple states including the Appalachian mountains more than once.  I found the Reese Dual Cam sway control helped a lot with a straight steady drive and high performance tires made for a more controlled ride as well.  Before those upgrades the wind would want to help steer me.  I used 235/65VR17 XL tires.  Lots of capacity and good stability.  Do you find your rear axle is way over capacity?  I did.  Whoops, never seemed to mind however.

Photo below is at Letchworth State Park in NY.

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PostSubject: Re: Maiden voyage with the trailer   Maiden voyage with the trailer Icon_minitimeTue May 12, 2015 12:45 pm

The LT1 has far more torque than the LS series in the Tahoes.
Stockish rear tires are like Jello, I don't miss those one bit! Consider upgrading them. My SS wheels took the sidewall flex away with the short rubber and I love it.
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