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Old 07-24-2016, 02:37 PM   #1
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Hi, newbie here. Planning to purchase a 30' Serenity. Will a F150 be enough to safely tow, or would we need a 250.

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Old 07-24-2016, 02:42 PM   #2
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I can't answer your question (I have a 25FB and tow it with a RAM 1500). Sorry!

But I do want to welcome you to the forum.
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:35 PM   #3
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Hi, newbie here. Planning to purchase a 30' Serenity. Will a F150 be enough to safely tow, or would we need a 250.

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What are the max towing specs for the F150 you have in mind? What is the weight and tongue weight of the 30 footer?
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:48 PM   #4
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According to the airstream.com site, the 30' Serenity has tongue weight of 880 pounds, with a gross weight of 8800 pounds. From what I've read here, that tongue weight should be taken with a large grain of salt. Just adding a hitch would likely move that up to around 1000 pounds. Yes, a weight-distributing hitch will move some of that weight around, but I'm guessing that an F150 will be pretty close to the limit just with the trailer. Then add in all the stuff that will ride in the bed of the pickup and you will likely be overweight somewhere. Get the F250 and be safe.

I'm looking for a 34' which has a GW of 9800 pounds. I'm planning on an F250 for the tow vehicle.
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:53 PM   #5
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For safety you'll need a F1050. Get the dual diesel engine option. You'll also need dualies up front with triples in the rear for safety and traction. To get adequate payload double rear triples are your best bet. Order your truck for no less than 50,000 lbs of payload. You'll appreciate that extra capacity and safety buffer.

Sure a F150 can work, but for safety of your family and others, the F1050 gives you that little extra bit of insurance.
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:57 PM   #6
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Towing capacity for 2016 F150
http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/specifications/towing/
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http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/specifications/towing/

Specs for F150. There are more than a few models that will tow your trailer.
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I have a 30. I started with a half ton pickup and was just never completely comfortable. Even after upgrading to a ProPride hitch and LT tires. The half ton had enough power, but it felt like the trailer was pushing me around sometimes. I changed out my truck for a 3/4 ton and it tows much more comfortably in my opinion. Others tow a 30 with a 1/2 ton (or smaller) and seem happy, so it is really hard to say. Will a F150 tow it? Yes, it will tow it. Will you be happy with it? Only you can answer that question.
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For safety you'll need a F1050. Get the dual diesel engine option. You'll also need dualies up front with triples in the rear for safety and traction. To get adequate payload double rear triples are your best bet. Order your truck for no less than 50,000 lbs of payload. You'll appreciate that extra capacity and safety buffer.

Sure a F150 can work, but for safety of your family and others, the F1050 gives you that little extra bit of insurance.

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I would highly recommend an F250. The F150 might be fine pulling an empty 30' trailer, but once loaded with all of your "stuff", you'll appreciate the added capacity of the F250.


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Other than giving you more payload a three quarter ton with the same engine as a half ton is not necessary. Get the diesel in the three quarter ton, then you'll see the difference.
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Other than giving you more payload a three quarter ton with the same engine as a half ton is not necessary. Get the diesel in the three quarter ton, then you'll see the difference.

There's something other than diesel??? 😀👍


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Do you plan on short trips, longer or really long. And pack light, heavy or tie stuff on the roof? Has to do with payload. Flatland only or Rockies calling your name. Hear the engine saying yup, can do or oh no not a grade again!

Know anybody that can take you for a demo ride, their rig, even that will give you a feel for the road.

I'm a 3/4 T fan, many are not.

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