How to Tow an Airstream


Determine the weight of both vehicles by consulting the respective owner's manuals. Select a vehicle for towing that outweighs the Airstream by more than 40 percent.


Position the vehicle so that the tow ball lines up with the hitch. Center the ball directly underneath the hitch.


Secure the loop of the breakaway switch cable over the tow ball on the tow vehicle.


Lower the crank on the Airstream until the ball and the hitch meet. Locate the jack for the electrical input on the back of the tow vehicle around the vicinity of the tow ball.


Connect the electrical harness so that it extends from the Airstream to the back of the tow vehicle. Plug it into the electrical input jack.


Secure any loose nuts or bolts you find on the tow bar, along with hanging clips and stray pins that could potentially fall out while towing.


Connect the safety chains frame to frame on both vehicles. Twist the chains so they will not drag on the ground. The chains should cross below the tow bar on the Airstream.


Test the brake lights, the running lights and turn signals.


Turn off the overdrive if applicable in the tow vehicle and put the tow vehicle into low gear to start.

It is imperative to use the proper procedure when preparing a vehicle to tow an Airstream trailer. This ensures your safety while driving, as well as the protection and security of others on the roadway. All equipment should be checked for any damage prior to setup and use, and manufacturer's recommendations should be consulted and followed for all equipment on the Airstream as well as the tow vehicle.