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Old 09-08-2013, 11:30 PM   #1
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Triple axle vs ?

I am looking for a airstream that ca be pulled safely by a 2011 ecoboost tow rating 9,600 pds.

I heard somewhere that a triple axle airstream weighs more than others!!!
And I have noticed the Excellas (the ones I like so far) have triple axles

Any one heard or know about this? Than I heard the triple axles tow like a dream CONFUSING
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:28 AM   #2
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Hi, triple axle Airstream trailers are 34'ers; I personally think this would be to large and too heavy for an F-150. [my opinion]
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:43 AM   #3
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I have a 34, 1999 Excella. I use a 2500 Duramax 4x4 to move it.

My thoughts? Awesomely adequate.

If you already own the Ekoboot, do yourself a favor. Go RENT a "40' towable, self propelled boom lift". It is not as long as the 34' AS, but will give you practical experience towing a similar load.

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If you already own the Ekoboot,
Is that the same as saying "I use a 2500 Dorkamax "??
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I think the 34' is more stable than the longer two axle trailers (31' and 32' come to mind) I am very comfortable towing ours with a 5.4L F150. That said, due to the gearing on our truck my tow capacity is 11,300. I am guessing your Ecoboost (great engine by the way) has a 2.73 or so rear end. A gear swap should bring you to where you want to be.
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Is that the same as saying "I use a 2500 Dorkamax "??
Yup! . Sorry fir tupo.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:26 AM   #7
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Not all 34' are created equal. Our 1984 model is very light, at 6250lbs.

We tow it with a Honda Odyssey, which is pretty much the equivalent to a F150 Ecoboost with the 126 wheelbase, capability and payload wise. No problems to report, but we're not full-timers.
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Happy Days,

Most all the trim levels, i.e....Exella, Classic etc., are available in several lengths.

As a general rule, only the 34 foot trailers have three axles.

The Excella was made in several lengths, down to like 25 feet, I believe.

Certainly, trailers equipped differently and built across the years will have different weights.

I too like the larger trailers.

Questions about tow vehicles stir up much as debate as politics.

Some say the factory suggested tow ratings mean nothing and any vehicle is capable of towing any trailer, if it is setup with the correct hitch, tires and wheel stance.

Others prefer 3/4 ton diesels.

Simple fact is you will have to look at several trailers and try your truck with them to find out how the setup suits you.

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Guys n gala,

The original post asks a question which in the end is his/her decision. Their decision will affect not only themselves but everyone they encounter on the road.

How many "situations" has the poster have experience with?

Since I don't know, I suggested towing a heavy load with their TV. Nothing like experience to define a persons comfort zone.

Many laughed at my wearing a full coverage helmet and "full gear" like proper boots, jacket, full gloves, etc when riding motorcycles. Seemed reasonable to me.

What I told them.. "It is not important what you ride..but that you do ride..."

So, similar with AS... No need to argue.

When you have a critical situation like I did yesterday you will be glad you were prepared.
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I think the 34' is more stable than the longer two axle trailers (31' and 32' come to mind) I am very comfortable towing ours with a 5.4L F150. That said, due to the gearing on our truck my tow capacity is 11,300. I am guessing your Ecoboost (great engine by the way) has a 2.73 or so rear end. A gear swap should bring you to where you want to be.
The worst (for utility) diff ratio for the Ecoboost is 3.15, but tow ratings for those are all under 9k lb. There are configurations rated for 9600 lb towing with each of the 3.31, 3.55 and 3.73 diffs, it depends on the other configuration of the truck. The only ones rated above 10k are the 3.73 diffs and the 4.10 that's only available with 4WD configs.
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Hello

Are you saying with a gear above, 2.72 is it that its able to tow a more?

I'm thinking a 3.73 gear how does it work. Would we have to order this from a dealer as a bonus? Thx hope that makes SENCE
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Are you saying with a gear above, 2.72 is it that its able to tow a more?

I'm thinking a 3.73 gear how does it work. Would we have to order this from a dealer as a bonus? Thx hope that makes SENCE
The 3.73 electronic-lock differential is readily available in dealer stock, any truck with the "max tow" option already has it.

The 3.73 Limited-Slip diff is a rare creature you probably have to order, it comes only with the HD Cargo packages.

Either one will be fine for towing an Airstream with 420 lb-ft of torque, but only with the HD Cargo option can you tell the "gotta getta diesel" crowd to pound sand.
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