Don't let fear stop you from taking a trip of a lifetime! If you can drive a car, you can tow!
Check these 3 things on your vehicle.
1) What is the towing capacity?
A vehicle's tow capacity is measured in pounds and it must exceed the weight of the Airstream. Check your car manual, talk to your dealership, or lookup your vehicle in a Tow Rating Database.
2) Do you have a 2-inch hitch receiver?
Check the rear of your car for a square 2-inch hitch receiver. Confirm with your car manual or your dealership that the hitch has a class 3, 4, or 5 rating.
3) Do you have a 7-way connector?
Check the rear of your car near the hitch receiver for a port with a hinged cover. Open the cover to confirm the 7-way connection.
Once you've answered the 3 questions above...
- If your vehicle has sufficient towing capacity, a 2" hitch receiver, and a 7-pin connector, then you're ready to tow! We'll provide the rest of the towing equipment, including the hitch, stabilizing bars, and wireless brake controller.
- If your vehicle has sufficient towing capacity, but needs a 2" hitch receiver or 7-pin connector, we recommend visiting Orlandi Trailer in San Jose. They have installed towing equipment for many of our customers.
Here are some excellent resources to learn more about towing:
For Trailer Sway: We found this video immensely helpful when we started our Airstream adventures. We provide trailer brakes with every Airstream rental!
Learning to hitch the trailer: We provide hitches with every Airstream rental and will help you set it up correctly the first time but it's always good to know what's going on.
Backing up can be a bit tricky but keeping these pointers in mind will make the process a breeze!
And here's a good series, all about Airstream trailers!