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Old 03-07-2008, 11:05 AM   #15
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My answer would be - take it easy going home and begin your search for a more appropriate tow vehicle. Yours is not adequate for the trailer. But it likely will get you home if you watch yourself.

Congrats on the new beauty.

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Old 03-09-2008, 01:18 PM   #16
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Thumbs up Glad Ya Made It!!

You'll get a good idea about your tv on the trip home.

As others have already said, the off-road set up may be it's biggest

drawback. I've checked your photo gallery, the Airstream looks sooper!!

I couldn't open the truck photo's in your posts though.

Has anyone else had the same problem?
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Old 03-09-2008, 02:11 PM   #17
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Hiya Robert,

I think I figured out how to upload some more pics... I just uploaded pics of the truck and have planned to purchase the following to install onto the truck to tow our Soveriegn - tell me if I'm nuts or should just buy a different TV:

1. Putnam Reciever HItch: Class 4
2. Equalizer Weight Distribution Hitch: 10 or 12K capacity
3. Fireside Ride Rite Suspension helper add on
4. Ride Rite - Level II Command center for add on suspension helper
5. P-3 Tekonsha Brake Controller

The above system upgrades will cost me about $850-950 bucks vs. 9-10K on a different TV...

.... Thanks for all your guys and gals help it is really appreciated

here is a link to our photo gallery: http://www.airforums.com/photos/brow...0&userid=27440
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Old 03-09-2008, 04:03 PM   #18
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hi greg

i c u r trying to outfit the 150 for towing.

here are some of basic thoughts...

-the 302 is marginal power, tranny and cooling system are too.

-the over sized tires work against towing in several ways.

-moreso given the short wheel base with those big tires...

-the truck in original form probably had adequate payload and towing capacity, although up hill might be slow...

-if rear suspension has been beefed up that may not be a bonus, depends on what was done.

-using manually adjusted air bags WITH a w/d hitch isn't usually advised

-the bags don't increase towing capacity and conflict with proper spring bar adjustments...

-how are the brakes on this truck? u will need 8 GOOD brakes for tennessee.

now perhaps u will rarely tow and take only short trips, and find the truck is adequate....

rodney used a similar truck with an older/lighter/ shorter trailer, before opting for a 3/4 ton with diesel...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/523461-post73.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...tml#post425684

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...150-21062.html

there are LOTS of 1/2 ton options for your 5-6k trailer to consider...

and that might be worthwhile before spending too much on the 302.

of course the brake controller can be used with other tow vehicles...

but u really shouldn't need a 10-12k hitch for this trailer, get one that matches the trailer mass/tongue weight.


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Old 03-09-2008, 04:28 PM   #19
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Groovy... Thanks....

I did post my truck for sale on Ebay the other day. I think you are right on the nose with this, So - I am hoping to get a more appropriate TV in the near future.

If the truck does not sell this round on ebay I may just put a hitch appropriate for the trailer on it and get the other stuff minus the airbag suspention... All the other stuff I can transfere to my new TV.

You guys have been awsome with the input.
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Old 03-09-2008, 06:22 PM   #20
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Groovy... Thanks....

I did post my truck for sale on Ebay the other day. I think you are right on the nose with this, So - I am hoping to get a more appropriate TV in the near future.

If the truck does not sell this round on ebay I may just put a hitch appropriate for the trailer on it and get the other stuff minus the airbag suspention... All the other stuff I can transfere to my new TV.

You guys have been awsome with the input.
I think you did make the right decision with your truck. The 150 would

work much better as a long bed. The added wheelbase would add a great

deal in your comfort level while towing. Looks like you've done some good

research on what equipment your going to need. This Forum is THE best

resource. Do your Homework and take notes, they come in handy when

dealing with over zealous salespeople. Remember you don't have to spend

a lot, just what matches your needs and what you are comfortable with.

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Old 03-10-2008, 09:46 AM   #21
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I am a former F-150 owner and now own a GMC 2500. My understanding is that the F-150 is not rated to tow a trailer this big. Check the max tow weight and compare it to the weight of your trailer. Remember that water is over 7 lbs per gallon and you will be adding a lot of weight when you pack for a trip.

The suspension breaks and bearings in the F-150 may not be built for this much of a load. Check first. Safe travels.
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Old 03-10-2008, 10:10 AM   #22
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You just might happen to have on the '85 150, something a lot of us don't have: Vacuum! That trailer might have vacuum disc brakes, like my 78 31' Excella. Don't let mechanic Bob steal your disc brakes and put in some drum brakes. If your vacuum/hydraulic activator behind the propane tanks don't work, there are electric models that will push the hydraulic.
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Old 03-10-2008, 10:38 AM   #23
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I couldn't open the truck photo's in your posts though.

Has anyone else had the same problem?
Robert,
I've been seeing this on a number of threads lately. Not all threads.
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:23 AM   #24
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My 73 Sovereign weighs 7720 packed for camping. I (stupidly) have towed everything under the sun with at least a dozen different F100/F150s. I recommend an upgrade.
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