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Old 11-20-2008, 12:21 AM   #1
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Thumbs up 2009 Ford F-150

The demos of the new F-150 are pretty impressive. You can see them here: The All-New 2009 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck | Ford Vehicles

It was interesting to see they used an Airstream trailer to demo the built in sway control. It uses asymmetrical braking and engine control to damp out trailer sway. The hitched Airstream doesn't seem to have anything more than a deadweight hitch, no equalization or sway dampeners, and the truck brings it under control quickly.

I think I would still use my Equal-i-zer hitch, but this would give an extra measure of safety. I'm not in the market for a new truck, but the new F-150 looks pretty good.

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Old 11-20-2008, 07:02 AM   #2
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didnt see an airstream.....(unless the cargo hauler was one?)

I happen to own a super duty Ford, and I like my truck and the brand as well.
However, I would like to see some independent comparisons that matched up with that information about the F150.
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Old 11-20-2008, 07:17 AM   #3
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Thanks for posting this information. It was very helpful.
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:01 AM   #4
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The Airstream appears in the "Trailer Sway Control" video segment.

I think that this new technology of selective braking will eliminate sway in the future.

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Would there be any appreciable mpg gain with a F150 vs a F250?
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Old 11-20-2008, 09:06 AM   #6
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Mercedes added trailer towing to their electronic stability program a few years ago. I'm glad to see others doing it, seems like a great addition to traditional sway control methods.
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:41 PM   #7
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Would there be any appreciable mpg gain with a F150 vs a F250?
The new 2009 F-150 is said to get 20mpg highway. My 2006 was stickered at 19, but the best I have ever seen (not towing) was 17.5. I would think the F-150 would be better than the 250 with the same engine, due to the lower weight of the 150. That's just my opinion.

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Old 11-21-2008, 03:50 PM   #8
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The new F-150 SuperCab is rated to tow 11300 lbs. So the question is, could I tow a 27' FB Classic (my dream trailer) with a 2009 F-150, without a Hensley?

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Old 11-21-2008, 06:32 PM   #9
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But oh my it's a FORD.... I'm Joking, Looks like a cool set, as long as Ford doesn't go bust Wish more trucks would do this, or SUV's great for towing... Cool videos but like the one on Youtube done buy Ford,,, would like to see some independent ones.... On all trucks...
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I find it interesting how they only show the Toyota in the drop down window.... HUUUM Could this be that they are bitting at Fords heal in sales...

But I must admit, the Ford looks like it handles the load better, and the sway control deal is really cool.... Plus that AS has the solar panel kit on it... COOL!!! looks like a 25 footer..
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light duty shoot out

This looks like a independent test of 2009 1/2 ton trucks.
Interesting to see how they stacked up against each other.

2008 Light-Duty Shootout - PickupTrucks.com Special Reports
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We have been very happy with our 08 f150, towing a 28 nationwide and starting again next week for the grand tour. I just think in most cases it is all any of us need for any airstream. This generation of 150s is something we can be proud of from an industry really taking a beating. Yes, they have made past mistakes, but our ford is a world class example of what is right with our car industry.

I rub shoulders with lots of wealthy people. I take great pride in giving them a ride in a new lariat leather equipped Ford f150. In all cases the look on their eyes says it all. Impressed indeed.
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Safari 28 I am real interested in what you get for mpgs when towing. Also what are your drivetrain components?
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