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Old 08-15-2017, 09:22 AM   #1
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Ford F150 5L as a tow vehicle

I have a 32 ft. Excella Airstream that my son wants to use sometimes. He also kindly stores it for me. He has as mentioned above a 2013 Ford F150 with a 5 liter engine and wants to know if it would be adequate to tow the
Airstream on fairly short trips.
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:13 AM   #2
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What does the Airstream weigh?
What is the towing capacity of the F150?
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Old 08-15-2017, 10:56 AM   #3
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According to the Airstream brochure, your trailers 'dry weight' is around (depending on floorplan) 6,300 pounds- and the max weight ( with the tanks full and trailer packed with gear) is 8,300 pounds. The trucks towing ability is anywhere from 7,600 pounds to 10,000. Exactly what it is is based on what rear end is in the truck, whether its 2 or 4 wheel drive, the cab configuration, among other things. Its easy to look it up when you have all of the info on that in front of you
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I have a 2013 Ford Eco Boost and know the numbers on it. It would tow the weight but the problem I run into is exceeding payload. That is where the first potential problem would occur. Check the payload on the drivers door for your limitations, then add fuel, people, and gear carried in the truck, tongue weight, etc. I exceed mine very quickly.
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Old 08-16-2017, 03:15 PM   #5
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I have a 32 ft. Excella Airstream that my son wants to use sometimes. He also kindly stores it for me. He has as mentioned above a 2013 Ford F150 with a 5 liter engine and wants to know if it would be adequate to tow the
Airstream on fairly short trips.
Should be OK.. is it set up for trailer tow... and have the coolers for the trans and all... depending on the rear axle ratio... if its 3.73 or so I would think it would do a good job... only other option would be to have the equlizer hitch w/sway control... as 150 approch the ball weight...ability... We used to tow with the 302... 5 L engine in PUs back a ways.. but, just don't get in a hurry when you come to the hills... its 2nd gear... and 30 mph for the big trailers... but it will get you their and back.. just make sure you have the brakeability... trailer and PU... otherwise...keep on trucking...
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I towed my 1998 excella unit -25 ft- from Florida to Texas with a Ford F-150 8 cylinder. She did fantastic other than hills, where even slight ones caused the speed to max out at 30 mph. Even if the trailer is within the truck's towing capacity, horsepower may be an issue. But if it's a short distance without any hills you might be okay...I'd also strongly consider a break controller and extended mirrors regardless, especially with a 32ft.
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At 6300 you are OK. That is what I tow. Your payload is what you need to watch.
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Old 08-16-2017, 08:00 PM   #8
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My 2015 Ford F-150 EcoBoost, 3.55, Max tow, Max tow rating: 12,200 lbs.
tows a 30' FC; gross wt. 8800 lbs. but I average about 8000, +/- a couple of hundred.
Ford says that Max combined wt. is 14,000 and something. My last 13 day trip out, last week, was around 13,000 lbs or so.
Going downhill, I manually shift down to second or third, and very seldom have to use the brakes. (around 50 KPH/30 mph.)
I use the little buttons on the shifter side to handle the tranny; I don't like that "Tow-Haul".
Going uphill, I usually use third gear at '80 KPH/50 mph' or so, at about 3000RPM +/-
I usually pull the AS in fourth gear, at up to '60 MPH,' and if on a straight four lane '400 series' highway, with tail wind, I may use fifth gear which gives me 2200 RPM at 100 KPH. but usually fourth.
I NEVER use sixth gear as being too long legged, and the engine 'lugs' at any speed. I cruise at 2500 RPM, where I get my best torque and gas 'milage'.
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Going downhill, I manually shift down to second or third, and very seldom have to use the brakes. (around 50 KPH/30 mph.)
I use the little buttons on the shifter side to handle the tranny; I don't like that "Tow-Haul".
I forgot to mention, that going downhill, I may frequently turn the air-conditioner on 'high'. The compressor then adds to the engine drag, resulting in me seldom using braking.
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I have a 32 ft. Excella Airstream that my son wants to use sometimes. He also kindly stores it for me. He has as mentioned above a 2013 Ford F150 with a 5 liter engine and wants to know if it would be adequate to tow the
Airstream on fairly short trips.
Thanks to everyone who responded. The responses were most helpful.
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