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Matt welcome and great first post. TOP's links contain a wealth of information and some practical wisdom. I deliver Airstreams from the manufacturer to dealerships across the country for a living with my ED. Just practically speaking payload isn't much of an issue with Airstreams especially with factory air suspension or air bags or better springs or a WDH. From 28 footers with the heaviest toung weight of 952 to 30.6' Classics with the most total weight & wind leverage on your truck. Its mostly in the proper setup which TOP's link details. And with your trailer you don't even need perfect setup for a safe enjoyable tow naturally the better you get it set up the safer the tow. Real quick things that benefit you are;

An anti sway WDH. I use an inexpensive light quiet Andersen and it works well for me. Bigger longer heavier box campers might really benefit fron a high dollar hitch. In fact I sometimes move 25s with a rapid adjustable non WDH because I can quickly get the trailer level & have axle to frame air bags that both keep my bed from sagging and weight on my steer tires.

Factory air suspension (which will load level lift up to about 2 to 2,200 beyond that it only load levels by dopping but is still driveable) also excellent is axle to frame bags they improve ride & stability under load as they also transfer weight to the steer tires. Air lift, Timber Grove, TLC, & Timbren all make them. You can also get a stiffer progressive rate spring that will at least keep your bed from sagging. Same with cheaper in coil air bags.

Factory receiver hitch, brake controller, hitch camera, tow mirrors. 3.92 would be preferred but not necessary as would a tune with a turbo/engine brake. If you have factory 20s the P rated tires are fine for your camper. I would inflate them into the low 40s cold for good wear & stability. If you are using a WDH once you have been to your local grain scales or whatever you know & or leave your hitch set for the ideal for that camper. If no scales & using an adjustable non WDH for a short move just get the camper level & ideally for safety air to keep more weight on the steers.

BTW my truck has a GVWR rating of 6,950 and weighed 5,500 empty to carry with driver up to 1,450 per the factory suggestion. Combined GAWR of 7,800 or 3,900 per axle. (Better than Ford or GM standard axles) Anyway practically speaking with air or other support until you get over your axle ratings or CVWR you shouldn't have anything to be overly concerned about safety or longevity wise IMO. And I have been a little over my axle rating with different types of loads.
 

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What dealership did you order your Airstream from & approximately when do they think it should be built? Lol maybe I'll deliver it.
 
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