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Old 09-06-2009, 09:03 AM   #1
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I'm considering a new '10 Ford Expedition (HD Tow Pack, 4x4, 3.73 axle ratio, Hensley Arrow hitch) to tow a new 25' Flying Cloud AS. I don't want a pickup truck. Anyone with experience with this setup with either '09 or '10 vehicle?

Thank you in advance for your input.
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:59 AM   #2
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i am also intrested in a new tv. i have been looking at Ford's 250 4x4 diesel trucks as i was told they would pull anything in the mountains no problem.However, have just been told they are having problems with the engines and that you have to have the cab removed to work on the engine. With labor being over $100 dollars an hour (i don't know how many hrs it takes to remove a cab) but when the warenty runs out this sounds grim to me.The trucks are really beautiful inside but I drove one and had my brains shook out. I wish we could find something with enough power to pull a classic 25 ft. in mountains in comfort. With the price of new tv there must be something that will last and give you a good ride. Airperson
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Old 09-06-2009, 12:14 PM   #3
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I have an '06 Expedition pulling an '07 FB with no problems. We have been up and down a lot of mountains with this setup and we have never had any second thoughts about the Ford.

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Old 09-06-2009, 12:26 PM   #4
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I have an '08 Expedition Funkmaster with 5.4L, 4x4 and 25' Flying Cloud. No experience with Hensley, my Airstream dealer warned me away from it and sold a more conventional weight distrib. hitch at a fraction of the cost. The power plant is adequate. I'd recommend a small investment in a pair of anti-sway bars. The Expedition is a very nice ride when not towing.
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Old 09-06-2009, 12:31 PM   #5
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We tow a 31 Classic Limited with our 2007 Expedition EL (tow package equiped) but have yet to get into some serious moutain pulling. It does OK.... but sometimes I wish it had more than a 33 gal. fuel tank. Our final tow vehicle is probably still a couple of years away. But it will be a FORD!!! Not sure which one. I would think you would be fine pulling a 25 footer. The 4X4 will slightly reduce your towing capacity.....steve
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Old 09-06-2009, 01:29 PM   #6
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Expedition with tow package would be great for your trailer. It has approximately 9,200 LBS tow package with 4X4. It comes prewired for brake controller. We have a 2007 and the only reason we don't tow with it because I have an F-250 PSD Lariat.
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Old 09-06-2009, 04:52 PM   #7
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Wow! I just checked here to find an answer to the same question. I ordered a 2010 4x4 Expedition Limited two weeks ago. The numbers seem to work and should be able to tow our Intl 28 with no problem. I'll let you know as soon as we get it.

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Old 09-06-2009, 06:10 PM   #8
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No experience with Hensley, my Airstream dealer warned me away from it and sold a more conventional weight distrib. hitch at a fraction of the cost.
Wow, I would sure like to hear why he was against the idea of selling you a Hensley???
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Old 09-06-2009, 08:12 PM   #9
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In a full size SUV the new Expedition is a great tow vehicle. It has the 3 valve 5.4 litre with a 6 speed automatic. There are absolutely no power issues with any size Airstream.

It has 4 wheel independent suspension instead of live axles front and rear so the ride and handling are both far better. As well it has a lower centre of gravity, more precise steering box and if you order the 20" wheels a superior tire and wheel combination. It also won't beat up your Airstream.

However also check out the new Flex with Eco boost. I think it will be even better.

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Old 09-06-2009, 11:48 PM   #10
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Hensley Hitch side issue

Just a word on the Hensley hitch issue. My dealer sold me a weight distribution hitch installed for under $500, whereas he told me the Hensley would be over $3,000. Also, he said that backing into a Hensley system hitch is harder to do for us non-experts. That said, I'm sure not an authority, and may find myself switching out some day. The day we bought the trailer, every dollar was becoming a bigger hurdle and cost alone decided this one.
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:41 AM   #11
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Thank you all....

Thank you for your comments. I feel reassured that this should be a good package. Perhaps not as optimum as a long-wheel-base p/u truck, but it fits our lifestyle.

As an aside, I am a retired Ford advanced product planner who had his hand on the newer -- my last project starting w/ the all-new 2004/5 MY -- Expedition and F-series truck. I had no experience towing an AS, thus my query. Our next five-year plan is to wear out both the Expedition and the AS!! I may meet some of you down the road...

Again, thank you.
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Hey Guys -

Considering the same package on a new Expedition EL - why 4x4 over 4x2?? Newbie here

Thanks! Pinky
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Hey Guys -

Considering the same package on a new Expedition EL - why 4x4 over 4x2?? Newbie here

Thanks! Pinky
Backing up connected to the trailer is my main reason for having 4x4. It has saved me many times This includes some parks where you have to go up an incline, and it being a tad wet
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