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Old 05-31-2012, 06:21 PM   #1
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F150 vs. tri axle

Can I tow a tri axel airstream with a f150?
If not what size can I pull or what size truck do I need?
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:26 PM   #2
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I know a person that successfully tows a 34' Airstream with a 1/2 ton Toyota. Surely a Ford will tow as much as a Toyota.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:42 PM   #3
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Depends on how you want to tow: speed, terrain, frequency. Also what kind of drivetrain? Regular, extended or full cab? Short bed or long bed? Do you have a WD hitch? What is the trailer loaded weight and tongue weight?

In a pinch a 150 may be ok for an occassional short tow. I think most would recommend a one ton.
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I know a person that successfully tows a 34' Airstream with a 1/2 ton Toyota. Surely a Ford will tow as much as a Toyota.
Towing is one thing. Stopping can be quite another.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:46 PM   #5
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Not only does this person tow a 34' successfully, the person is a single woman, a Region 9 VP, and she tows the trailer all over the place, to many different unit rallys, the region rallys, the IBT rallys, and the international rallys.

So, it's not just an ocasional thing.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:49 PM   #6
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If this will do it:

http://cdn.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1338507727

Why not a Ford F-150?
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:55 PM   #7
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Can I tow a tri axel airstream with a f150?
If not what size can I pull or what size truck do I need?
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i'll report back in a week.

i have a 2012 f150 super crew with ecoboost, 6 speed auto, 3.73 gears, propride hitch.

i'm about to depart from fl to nj and i'll report back.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:01 PM   #8
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STJon60, Please pardon my rudeness, and welcome to the forums. IF you F-150 is equipped properly, yes it will tow your 34'. I suggest you check with Ford with your VIN number of your vehicle, and they can tell you the factory tow rating. Most people will suggest at a minimum of a 3/4 ton truck to tow a trailer that large, however it is done frequently with a 1/2 ton. It all depends on how your truck is equipped, where, and how you want to tow, and what your expectations are. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:09 PM   #9
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Thanks everybody,keep responding please.
I'm getting the 34fter at 7.5k awesome condition and the truck 2005 also in exalent condition for 5k.
Im also lookingat used box truck uhaul for 3k
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Yep....my advise, try it, what's the werst that can happen, it won't werk.

BTW...I wouldn't even attempt it. We undertoed for too many miles....it sux.

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The new f150s have tow rating of 5500-11300lbs depending on how they are equipped so without knowing how it is equipped it is not possible to guess correctly.
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Stjon60,
when i bought the 2012 F-150 i thought the setup would be marginal. i was delighted to find the truck was everything Ford promised! while the eastern seaboard isn't very hilly, in tow/haul the truck only downshifted from 6th to 5th a few times just before the crest of the hills. most of the trip was driven at 55-60 mph. gas mileage ran at 11.7 avg. for the trip with a range from 11.4 to 12.7 depending on the grades. the trailer scaled at 9,400 lbs. fully stocked with one full 40 lb. lp tank, 1/3 fresh water, empty grey & black tanks and an extra hitch.

you'll have to compare your truck & trailer specs to see where your setup will be. the newer 1/2 tons are more stout than earlier years.
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I tow our 1997 34' with our 2009 F150 5.4L. The tow rating is 11,300# on the truck and we just went from Atlanta to Jackson Center, OH for Alumapalooza. The trip up included an accidental trip through the "Dragons Tail" of NC with includes grades up to 12%, and some turns which were so acute, I could check my trailers brake lights from the drivers seat!

After that, I have no qualms about my setup. I also listened to a discussion by Andy from CanAm RV on tow ratings which made me fell even better. As far as breaking authority goes, I have a properly setup brake controller, and six 6,000# brakes on the trailer. Doing public math, that adds up to 36,000# of braking on a 10,000# trailer.

After this trip, I have no reservations concerning taking our rig anywhere. (So long as I can turn around if I want to )
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The trip up included an accidental trip through the "Dragons Tail" of NC with includes grades up to 12%, and some turns which were so acute, I could check my trailers brake lights from the drivers seat!

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Cool, we want to do the DT run one of these days.
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