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Old 01-04-2013, 08:02 PM   #29
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Bob, is that the tongue weight with a Hensley installed?

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Old 01-04-2013, 08:46 PM   #30
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Greetings W1icu, I would suggest you purchase the Ford controller as it integrates into the truck system providing anti-sway and other features. I did and am happy with it. The dealer has to activate it as it ties into your anti-lock system. They may charge for it but I was not charged. I installed it and hooked it up. They did the rest. The readout is on the dash too.
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Take the Factory published weights with a grain of salt....both Airstream AND tow vehicle....
Exactly, I believe you will be fine with your selection if your truck is equipped with what you say. I have an '09 F150 SuperCrew with a 4.6L 3V HO/same tranny- 6 speed. I have pulled only in FL so far. It has a 1548 payload (Ford includes gas in the truck weight BTW) and a 3.55 rear. It does fine. Basically around 20 hp less than the 5.0. I DID find that there were two renditions of the 4.6L with quite different power ratings. Anyway, I towed my 25' through a tropical storm swirling headwind this summer that was swaying semi-trailers on the road. The engine was running higher RPMs but it was fine. Several on here have told me about the mountains and towing. My thought is lower gears and slower moves. The point is that it will do it. My tongue weight is almost 1000 lbs. with full LPs and it is listed as 860 lbs by Airstream. If I go over on payload 100 pounds per se at some point, no worries but I would not exceed if at all possible as a rule of thumb. I have found that most of the newer F150s exceed my payload rating. (the ones I have looked at which I believe is due to the engine changes from year to year)
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Bob, is that the tongue weight with a Hensley installed?

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Yes...the trailer is loaded for a "dock'n" trip, LPG, full FW, everything except DW's trip to the stupid market, (don't underestimate what 14 daze worth of food weighs ).

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We have been towing our 1987 25' Soveriegn with a 2001 F150 S crew with a 5.4 and a 3.55 gear. We have towed about 10,000 in the last two years. Been through the Tennese mountians twice and it did a fine job. Just got done replaceing the worn out Reese straight line hitch with an Andersen hitch, also replaced the coupler with a new Quickbite coupler, the old one was really worn. You should do fine, just remember that just because the speed limit is 65,70,75, or more does nt mean that you have to go that fast, just keep it at or above the minimum.
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