Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-24-2008, 09:33 PM   #1
Alisons Alley
 
1976 31' Excella 500
Pleasantville , New York
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 2
Question Excella 500 Newcomer-seeking hitch ADVICE!

Hello to Airstreamers of America! Another HappyWanderer here in Pleasantville New York--but more likely found in New Hanpshire--the LIVE FREE OR DIE state! Now, this site seems like a wealth of information, please advise!
I just got a 31 foot 1976 Excella 500. We have a new Ford F150 with 5.4L and tow package with 3.73 limited slip with 7200 lb payload capacity--IS THIS GOING TO WORK?? --better question,HOW CAN I MAKE THIS WORK?. the trailer is listed at 5600 lbs.
Anyone got any advice for a newbie? Thank you!!
Alison
__________________

__________________
alisonsalley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2008, 09:37 PM   #2
Moderator
 
moosetags's Avatar

 
2015 25' FB Flying Cloud
2012 23' FB Flying Cloud
2005 25' Safari
Santa Rosa Beach , Florida
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 10,763
Images: 5
Welcome from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

I'm afaraid that your TV may be marginal, at best. Try it out, see what you think.

Brian
__________________

__________________
SuEllyn & Brian McCabe
WBCCI #3628 -- AIR #14872 -- TAC #FL-7
2015 FC 25' FB (Lucy) with HAHA
2005 Suburban 2500 Quadrasteer (Olivia) & 2018 Silverado 2500 (Lillian)
moosetags is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2008, 10:08 PM   #3
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by alisonsalley
Hello to Airstreamers of America! Another HappyWanderer here in Pleasantville New York--but more likely found in New Hanpshire--the LIVE FREE OR DIE state! Now, this site seems like a wealth of information, please advise!
I just got a 31 foot 1976 Excella 500. We have a new Ford F150 with 5.4L and tow package with 3.73 limited slip with 7200 lb payload capacity--IS THIS GOING TO WORK?? --better question,HOW CAN I MAKE THIS WORK?. the trailer is listed at 5600 lbs.
Anyone got any advice for a newbie? Thank you!!
Alison
Two things you can do.

1. Get a good load equalizing hitch, with a "sway" control. that has a brain, like a Reese dual cam.

2. Put a good transmission oil cooler on the truck. However, do not place it forward of the radiator, as that heat goes into the radiator.

The idea is to cool the transmission oil, "AND" keep as much heat out of the radiator that you can.

Mounting the oil cooler below the bumper and at an angle, works great, and the heat goes underneath the engine.

Andy
__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2008, 05:47 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
1984 31' Excella
Norfolk , Virginia
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 667
Images: 11
Transmisson Cooler

I built one out of a 11''X10" Aluminum stacked plate cooler (oil), boxed it in to protect it from gravel etc, mounted underneath and it has its own fan. I turn it on when I tow and off at each stop.
No problems so far.
Beginner
__________________
Beginner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2008, 08:47 AM   #5
New Member
 
1975 31' Excella 500
Nampa , Idaho
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 1
I have a '75 Excella and I use an F-250 to tow. I've taken it from Idaho to Mexico and had no trouble climbing any hills. I do recommend an anti-sway bar and load levellers - then you won't even know it's back there... Your F-150 may be a bit lightweight so take it easy on the transmission and don't lug it down. Happy 'Streaming!
__________________
Alan Baade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2008, 09:53 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
ALANSD's Avatar

 
1966 26' Overlander
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 8,462
You might even find a used Reese sway bar type setup on EBAY. It will make a big difference. The trailer may already have parts for it on the tongue.
__________________

__________________
1966 Overlander
AIR #005
Please visit our blogs and web pages:
OUR AIRSTREAM PASSION! BLOG
RESTORING AN AIRSTREAM
Our AIRSTREAM and TIN CAN TOURIST Rallys
ALANSD is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Newcomer Looking for Advice kbinder Member Introductions 5 03-04-2007 05:04 PM
77 Excella 500 Brake Advice needed tschat Brakes & Brake Controllers 2 06-15-2006 12:55 AM
Newcomer needs advice! Lianne Our Community 8 05-02-2005 01:22 PM
Desperately Seeking Hipster Fulltimers/Advice! iamsusanq 2002 - 2005 International 17 12-08-2004 09:50 PM
Seeking Advice.... jtshipp On The Road... 9 05-17-2004 05:42 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.