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Old 04-16-2016, 04:48 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by kb0zke View Post
"By the way I test drove a Ford Taurus Andy had setup and it was towing a 30 ft Airstream in the flat lands of central Ohio and it was a marvelous setup!" If that's where you do all of your towing, it would work just fine. How well will it do in the Ozarks, to say nothing of the Rockies?

That said, which Taurus was used, and how was it equipped? I didn't see anything on Ford's site about towing in a quick glance, but with the proper setup I suppose it could tow something, but I wonder about a 30' coach that is fully loaded (10,000 pounds GW).
The Taurus on CanAm's site and which has been written about in Andy's articles is an SHO, equipped with a 365 hp Ecoboost V6. Same powertrain as the F150. All wheel drive. Note that the Taurus has a lower curb weight than a typical F150. By all reports, this powertrain will have no issues in the mountains, partly due to the forced induction which handles altitude well, and partly due to peak torque coming in by 1500 rpm.

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Old 04-16-2016, 04:58 PM   #30
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I think that as a starting point the manufacturers payload rating and tow rating compared with the weight of the Airstream is worth reviewing.

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Old 04-26-2016, 07:51 PM   #31
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How about box length?

I have been pulling my FC 30' with a long-box truck that I bought to pull a 5th wheel. I notice most folks use the short-box. I have a cap on my truck and it gives me space for my bikes, kayak paddles, chairs, etc. I have never pulled with a short-box truck and wonder if it is easier or more difficult to maneuver with the shorter wheelbase. I ask because I am considering another TV and have found a beautiful F-250 Lariat at a great price, primarily because it is a long-box 4x2. It is either that, or have a Ram 2500 4x2 built with a short box.
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:21 PM   #32
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Longer wheelbase has a larger turning radius and is harder to maneuver. On its own. It is also harder to maneuver the Airstream with it. We went from 120" wheelbase to 140", either not long by pickup standards. But it is one thing I liked about the previous truck much better

However it's not always about what feature is a little better. If you can get a great deal on a nice truck and can live with longer wheelbase (you know what they are) it's good to save some bucks when you can.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:24 PM   #33
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For me,,,, short beds just look better than long beds. Kinda like how two door cars look better than four door cars. But that is me.

It is seldom when a long bed wont put a trailer where a short bed can put a trailer, a longer tow vehicle might mean more pull ups to get in the same place as a short tow vehicle though.

Some will say that a longer tow vehicle makes a more stable combination going down the road, which is probably true in a pinch, but it makes no difference with my hitch system.

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We went with the shorter bed (6' 4") Ram 2500HD because of the two full sized rear access doors for the crew cab which made for a longer truck anyway. With the 31' Classic attached with the ProPride hitch, we are just over 52' long.

In some states there can be a length limit of 53' if some LEO gets a burr under their saddle.

There is a substantial difference in the parking routine between the Classic behind the Ram and the 23D behind the Mercedes ML320, even though both trailers have dual axles. The much shorter wheel base of the Mercedes rig does make maneuvering into a difficult spot easier.

Having grown up on a farm backing up both tractors and wagons and trucks and wagons, I find all it takes is patience on my part despite the audience. The best parking aid when I am alone is the rear mounted Voyager came on both trailers. I get out often to see if the track is where I ned it to be, even though or despite the wife providing inputs.

One has to also look up in some locations because of the overhanging tree branches...

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