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Old 08-24-2012, 08:13 PM   #15
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where is your trailer?
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:17 PM   #16
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If you are going to look at half-tons, don't forget to look at Tundras, I love mine, and the dealership in Rockwall is better than most dealerships I have ever encountered
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The trailer is in Arlington. I will go by and take a look at Tundras.
I have never owned a fur'en car.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:12 PM   #18
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Tundras, born in Texas, built in Texas by San Antonians.... Buy American! lol

if the trailer is 7300 you would be well within tow capacity of the 5.7 Tundra.... some say payload will be an issue but unless you are going to carry lots of stuff in the back of the pickup... generators and such, it would probably work pretty well.. CrawfordGene on here is towing a 25 (i think) with the previous generation Tundra.... and he lives in mountainous Colorado
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Interesting. Thanks for muddin'ing the water even more.I will look at the towing and payload specs.
Where do you store your trailer and what is the cost?
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:30 PM   #20
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Hello and welcome to a truly fun group of people.

We bought our first trailer (a 94 Excella 28 footer) and owned a 2004 F-150 w/towing package at the time. The 94 is nominally around 8500 lbs and was towable with the F-150 but not really that comfortably. We were a little concerned thinking about towing through the mountains with the F-150 based on our experience driving around Iowa, so we decided to purchase a 2011 F-250 diesel 1 1/2 years ago. We are very happy with the F-250 diesel and for us it has been a great investment.

While it does not ride as smooth as the F-150 when empty, we bought it mostly for towing the AS and hauling wood and it works great for both. Best fuel economy on the gas F-150 was 15mpg empty. We have gotten as high as 16 mpg towing at 55 mph with the diesel. We have towed with the diesel on three long trips (two through the Rockies) and the truck exceeded our expectations (especially when we towed in 50+ mph winds on a trip through Colorado). Another big advantage we found with the diesel (especially important in the mountains) is the downhill engine braking. For us it turns the steep and long downhill grades into non events.

I would definitely agree with those that say that the F-150 will handle pulling the trailer safely. However, as one who has pulled a similar size trailer with both trucks, I would never go back to pulling this size trailer with less than the diesel. It is also worth reminding people that the newer diesels all are quiet compared to the older diesels (2011 and newer). This is the reason we bought a new 2011 instead of an older used truck. Also, a diesel truck will hold its value (just check on the prices for a used 2011).

Finally, I also agree with those that say any of the three major brands make a good diesel and it really is your personal preference. We only have about 30,000 on ours but have been very satisfied so far with the Ford.

Best of luck with your new trailer and choice of tow vehicle!
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Interesting. Thanks for muddin'ing the water even more.I will look at the towing and payload specs.
Where do you store your trailer and what is the cost?
Am storing up in Princeton, covered but not completely enclosed for $75 a month. Comparable storage, if you can find a slot, in Rockwall is $150 to $200.

its kind of far away and if i had an AS that I had to do a lot of work on, I would want it closer, but DW wants her AS under cover, so that was the best deal I could find. Its called A Great Storage Place for Boats and RVs, between Lucas and Princeton.... wouldn't be a bad drive for you because you could go up 205 and catch 78 then across 380 and down the FM road to Princeton.

about 22 miles from Rowlett.
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You don't need a truck at all . . .

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ml#post1109934

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Old 08-24-2012, 10:12 PM   #23
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Damn, this is to much information for my pea sized brain.
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:30 PM   #24
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Hi from central Texas and welcome to the forums! I have read and heard a lot of wonderful things about the F150 Eco-Boost. I have a good friend that has one. He traded his F-250 for it. I'm of the thought that you don't need a monster truck to tow an Airstream. I have a 29' 1972 Ambassador that I have towed with a 2002 Toyota Sequoia from Texas to Colorado and Utah twice now and have had no issues with my set up. I'm comfortable with it. If you are concerned about mountain towing, you should be concerned with the brakes on your trailer as much as, if not more than, the tow vehicle you are towing with. Proper set up, service etc. There are a lot of opinions out there as to what you need to tow an Airstream with. Get what feels right and safe for you.
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It is my understanding that the early models of Airstreams were considerably lighter in weight than what I will be towing. What is the GVWR of a 1972 Ambassador?
My trailer is 7300# GVWR.
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I agree, buy what fits you. However, here was my experience when I was in your situation. Bought my 25' 5K lb Airstream new in 2001. Got with my Airstream salesman and my local Dodge dealer and told them to pick me a truck that would tow the trailer well in all situations. They both recommended I needed a 2001 Dodge Ram gasoline 1/2 ton. Bought the 1/2 ton Dodge Ram and took off from East Texas headed for Yelllowstone. Got 5 miles per gallon. Got blown all over the road by 18 wheelers. Had a hard time climbing some of the Rocky Mountains I encountered, and had a hard time controlling it down the otherside. Experienced a lot of "white knucle" driving. Felt like trailer was pushing truck downhill. However, I put up with all this because surely this was just the way it was, both sales people recommended this combination. In the fall of 2002 I went to Branson Missouri pulling the AS. As you probably know, the hills around there are not as steep as the Rockies but they are long. When we hooked up to the AS to leave, the 1/2 ton Ram would not pull it out of the RV camp spot. Had to stay another couple of days to get the local Dodge dealer to repair the tranny. Drove straight home from Branson to East Texas after the repair, traded that 1/2 ton for a brand new 2003 3/4 ton Diesel Dodge Ram, and have enjoyed traveling with an Airstream in total comfort, control, and efficiency ever since. The way Airstream travel should be. 17 MPG towing, 21 not towing. No wind turbulence by bigger vehicles, Plenty of torque to climb any mountain I have encounter all over the US and Souther Canada. No pushing downhill. Cruise at 70 on interstates with trailer in tow. 3/4 ton Diesel Ram now has 133K on it and is still going strong on long Airstream trips. Not even broke in good yet. Love it! Especially with the AS hooked up and rolling around the country or making short trips. Thats my 2 bits worth!
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My Ambassador has a GVWR of 7,100# Very close to what you have. I don't get too close to the trailer's max GVWR.
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What does it cost to put disc brakes on an Airstream?
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