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Old 01-17-2008, 08:33 AM   #15
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I have the tail gate step and bed extender in my '08 F-250 and like them both. I wish I had the cargo management system and the side box step on mine. If I were in the market for an F-150, the Platinum Edition would be it!
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Old 01-19-2008, 09:39 PM   #16
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There are some interesting videos on YouTube that detail the 2009 MY model-year changes. Initally I thought this would be just a 'make-over', but they really have made a lot of impressive-sounding changes. I think the "Platinum Edition" would look cool with an Airstream! Has anyone seen towing specs yet?
Ask and you shall receive: I took a couple frame grabs from one of the videos on Ford's website advertising the new 2009 F150.

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Old 01-19-2008, 10:26 PM   #17
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Trailer Sway Control? Finally!

"This advanced technology, standard on all '09 F-150s, uses a combination of reduced engine power and selective wheel braking through the AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) System to help you maintain trailer control*"

*Remember that even advanced technology cannot overcome the laws of physics. It's always possible to lose control of a vehicle due to inappropriate driver input for the conditions.
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Old 01-19-2008, 11:31 PM   #18
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good to see ford adding this feature, if it works.

chrysler added it last model year.

new 1/2 ton looks good!

but i want a lincoln-ized superduty!

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Old 01-20-2008, 06:46 AM   #19
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Do my eyes deceive me? Is that 2009 F-150 towing a 34' Airstream? While I'm confident that the diesel can pull it, I'm suspicious about the rear suspension having enough strength for the trailer's tongue weight and sufficient extra for a bed full of goodies.
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Old 01-20-2008, 07:55 AM   #20
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Does anybody know why VW stopped building these? Or maybe they just stopped selling them here in the States? I suspect they could sell as many as they could get over these days. What makes this particular engine so much more fuel effecient than other small engines?

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Maine is in bed with California and a few others to have stricter standards than the US regulations which are very limiting in themselves. Sometimes I think some states and the US government are trying to put US manufacturers out of business, to make the US a third world country.

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Bob--not only is it a 34', but I believe it's a slide out, too!
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good to see ford adding this feature, if it works.

chrysler added it last model year.

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True, but how many Chrysler Aspens does it take to tow an Airstream?
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They stopped selling the VW TDI's just for 2008, due to emission standards. They will be back in 2009 model year.
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:59 PM   #24
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Bob--not only is it a 34', but I believe it's a slide out, too!
How do you know it's a slide?

BTW, in Canada the laws of physics can be bent enough to allow a 34 footer to be towed by a Dodge Intrepid.
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It's on the video. Check out YouTube.
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Do my eyes deceive me? Is that 2009 F-150 towing a 34' Airstream? While I'm confident that the diesel can pull it, I'm suspicious about the rear suspension having enough strength for the trailer's tongue weight and sufficient extra for a bed full of goodies.
Even the 08 has enough spring rate. You may not be aware but if you order a 150 standard cab with the heavy duty tow package it includes an upgraded frame and rear end. The Cargo rate for the 150 in this confguration has a cargo capacity of 3080#. MORE and some 3/4 tons. The spring pack is the same AS THE 3/4 ton. It only comes in reg. cab. XL trim tho..NO 4x4. You don't see any on lots....but its there if you want to order it. It has an 11.000# trailer tow capacity and a 16,400# GCVW capacity ON A 150. The tires are 10ply E rated and it has 7 stud wheels.
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It's on the video. Check out YouTube.
Thanks for the link. That's one sharp ride. I see it now that I have watched the video. I will say this, there looked to be a little tail wagging the dog when the truck pulled over to pass the camera vehicle. However, this was only momentary and may have been hitch related and not tow vehicle related.

Still, this is going to be one really nice truck!
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I am out of this truck and what it will do but to all my friends as I sit in rock hound park new mexico and towing over 13k miles the following. I went over 12k miles with a a/s tilting forward to the extent that I could raise 5 holes and top that off with a center of ball to bumper at over 14.75 inches and all this approved by a certified a/s dealer??

As I improve the hitch,only 11.75 inches from the bumper, the f150 I have only gets better and better. It is a great design and takes more abuse than I dare to admit. Never overheats and does the job. I maintained today out of apache junction on rt 60 in over 75 degree heat and never left overdirive. Long climbs and no break. Going to Las Cruces and the Koa here is well a good one. Anyway the lesson for newbies is learn from this forum and use it to backup what the so called experts tell you from your dealership.

A new business idea. The forum set up a nationwide service network that has ownership in all dealerships they sponser from the forum. I am willing to invest in that one. Let the experts tell the so called experts how to run a rv repair enterprise
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