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Old 03-21-2012, 09:41 AM   #15
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What aftermath said about the Tundra.

Or chain a 2 or 3 Prii together and tow with that combination—like a freight train with several locomotives.

Congratulations on the new toy.

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Old 03-22-2012, 08:33 AM   #16
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What aftermath said about the Tundra.

Or chain a 2 or 3 Prii together and tow with that combination—like a freight train with several locomotives.

Congratulations on the new toy.

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I love my Tundra 5.7 pulls my 06 Safari 23 like it isn't even there. Dewinterizing this weekend.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:07 AM   #17
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Just to confirm your buying decisions, you made some nice choices with the EB 25 & EB 150. I tow with both a Touareg and Ecoboost and since it sounds like you will be hauling extra play toys, having the pickup will the best choice. Especially since you may discover hauling muddy mountain bikes and sandy surfboards inside your new trailer a messy trade off, even though that's what the trailer was designed for. But you'll be able to make that decision on your own. Congratulations, and you should be very happy with the Ecoboost!
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:08 PM   #18
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Love our 2012 Eddie Bauer

My husband just brought home our 2012 EB. I've spent all day learning the ins and outs of the trailer, including setting up and tearing down the table. Our table isn't shaky, but maybe we just got lucky. I also didn't find stowing the table a hassle. Trailers are tight on space, and I think the stow space is really smart. It's worth the ability to carry bikes and a kayak in the trailer for us.
We pull ours with a 3/4 ton Duramax pickup. It did a stellar job pulling through some rough winter conditions through New Mexico and Arizona.
Regardless, I hope you're happy with whatever trailer you choose.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:41 PM   #19
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Congratulations, BC! I can only imagine the look on the sales team's face when you asked about towing with the Prius. Priceless. We also bought our new Airstream at the Covington location and they were great--we pick it up on Friday!!! I totally agree with Paula--I can't wait to pick up our new coach and I'm sure insomnia will hit tonight.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:11 AM   #20
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Congratulations! Maybe our Eddie Bauers will meet on I-5! I hope you have a great time with your new addition.
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:39 AM   #21
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Congrats on the new trailer. The newness hasn't worn off for me yet - 8 months later! Hope there are many happy days ahead for you.

If you haven't put based the F150 yet I suggest you inquire about getting one with the max payload package, in addition to the max trailer tow package. The truck will come with upgraded tires, shocks and leaf springs. The axle limits on the standard F150's do not leave you much room for stuff in the bed when the trailer tongue weight is accounted for.

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Old 03-28-2012, 09:13 PM   #22
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If I recall correctly, the differences between the 2011/2012 model and the updated 2012.5 include the HDMI cables, dimmable LEDs inside (instead of halogen?) and a porcelain toilet (not plastic). We went with the 2012.5 even though it was a little bit more expensive.

Great choice on the trailer! I would not be my first choice for a full time or long trip because of lack of storage, but we use it with two dogs and two kids. The EB has really durable fabric and flooring that works great with the way we use it.

Our TV is a 1/2 ton Suburban. It's adequate but not stellar.
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:03 AM   #23
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A huge thank you to all of you for your great wisdom!

CrawfordGene – Love the Prius freight train concept!

Goal15 – yep… good luck with the de-winterizing.

Mojo – we’ve enjoyed your many thoughtful posts, especially about the Touareg. We love the Touareg (what’s not to love) but in the end decided to go with a full size truck after we settled on the 25.

Calair – Congrats on your EB!!! Agree that the table isn’t that big of a deal. The ¾ Duramax is a great choice. My wife in I, before kids, used to do some work with CSU Chico… you live in a great town. Hope to get back down there some day. And yes will look out for you on the road.

Cloudflier – Hey fellow Covington Airstream buyer! Say “Hi” to Craig/Nick/Steve when you pick your up tomorrow. Which one did you get? Totally agree with Paula on the insomnia!

DMT – Great suggestion on the F-150. We looked at this but alas it only comes in the 6 ½ bed, which would be the smarter way to tow especially with the max payload package. In the end we compromised (as in my wife and I) and went with the 5 ½ bed and max tow. We live in Seattle… narrow streets, alley etc and optimized for daily driving.

Phbarnhart – Agree with all of your comments. And congrats on the EB! Hope to see yours on the road too.

My wife picked up the F-150 today. It looks great. Alas life conspires against us and it will be a week or two before we pick up our Airstream for good. We’ll post “baby pictures” for sure once we get all sorted out.

Again, thank you all for the support!

BC

Ok … one last question. Weight distributing hitch or no? I’ve had mixed advice. Some “you’d be stupid not to” and some “if the F-150 is properly set up you don’t need it.” Any experiences with current model F-150 shortbed and a 25’ or longer Airstream?

Thanks again!

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Old 03-30-2012, 02:01 AM   #24
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My wife picked up the F-150 today. It looks great. Alas life conspires against us and it will be a week or two before we pick up our Airstream for good. We’ll post “baby pictures” for sure once we get all sorted out.

Again, thank you all for the support!

BC

Ok … one last question. Weight distributing hitch or no? I’ve had mixed advice. Some “you’d be stupid not to” and some “if the F-150 is properly set up you don’t need it.” Any experiences with current model F-150 shortbed and a 25’ or longer Airstream?

Thanks again!

Barry
Hi, I would recommend that you do use a WD hitch; And I believe that Ford still recommends driving your new truck for at least 1,000 miles for break-in before towing. This is mainly for breaking-in the differential ring and pinion gears.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:30 AM   #25
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What Bob said. The WD hitch will give you an extra margin of safety as to sway and equalize the weight on your front and rear truck axles.

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What Bob said. The WD hitch will give you an extra margin of safety as to sway and equalize the weight on your front and rear truck axles.

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+ 1

Also, think about one of the sway elimination hitches like Hensley Arrow or Pro Pride. You've just spent a good amount of money on a great set up, another $2500 for a pro pride will (from what I've heard, mine is on order) finalize the experience.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:00 PM   #27
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Brand new EB Airstream, brand new Ford TV....

A quality WD hitch with sway control is a no brainer...not only for you, but also for your fellow travelers.
Well worth the peace-of-mind.

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If we win a little piece of the lottery tonight, we'll be at the dealer tomorrow to order an EB. The flip up door with full screen really brings the outside in - when we saw an EB at the dealer, we decided that's the one for us, someday. Make sure you take time to enjoy it - no excuses.
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