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Old 11-24-2007, 05:04 AM   #29
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Hello Wingfooted

We have at least 200 customers that with F150's & Expeditions many are towing 30-34' Airstreams some much harder to tow conventional trailers. Several are on their second or third and see no reason to change to a 3/4 ton.

Your brakes are just as effective as a 3/4 and you have good engine braking going down hills, far more than a deisel without an exhaust brake, if you find you have to use the brakes to keep your speed down going down a hill then you are in the wrong gear or not at a high enough RPM. To climb you will need to use second gear on hills occaisonally so you will be climbing at 50 MPH instead of 65. The F150 has more power than any tow vehicle you could by 12 years ago and people still traveled back then.

If you need 4x4 where you are the F150 has independent front suspension the F250 does not. Pushed to the limits the F150 will outhandle the F250 hands down.

The key to driving in hills both going up and going down is to select a gear that keeps the engine in its powerband which is 3500-4000 RPM with the 5.4. It runs those RPM's very easily and will climb easily if it is kept in it's powerband. The 5.4 receives the same transmission as the V10 or the earlier deisels so it is a pretty bullet proof drive train. It likes fuel but you will never drive enough in your circumstance to pay for the deisel with fuel savings.

The passenger car tires that some of these trucks come with are not good and changing the tires can improve handling a great deal. There are several tire size options on this truck if you let me know what size is on it I can recomend a good replacement.

The hitch receiver is not too bad, we always strengthen them but it is better than a lot of the hitches out there much improved over the older F150 hitches.

A Hensley hitch is a great idea for either the F150 or an F250.

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Old 11-24-2007, 05:22 AM   #30
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I must mention that Wingfooted is still listed at one post so unless he is just lurking and not responding he hasn't been back to read all of this great information and we have all been talking to ourselves for 3 pages of posts.
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Old 11-25-2007, 09:57 PM   #31
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andy i have the 18 inch tires. what would you say is a better tire for this 08 model?
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Old 11-26-2007, 05:08 AM   #32
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thanks for all the comments

Very good comments and opinions from the board on this topic.

Conclusions

1. Yes it is possible to tow a 30' classic with the new model Ford F 150 but it wont be as much fun as having a bigger TV. Particularly on gradients.
2. Safety issues are involved - buy a good weight distribution and anti sway hitch.
3. As I wont be driving the Ford F 150 off the lot until February, I will wait until then and see what my brokerage account looks like. A decision on the bigger Ford F 250 can be defered until then.


Thanks again
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Old 12-14-2007, 08:01 AM   #33
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Just purchased 34' Limited W/Hensley. I drive an '05 King ranch 4x4, 5.4L with 18" wheels and I must say that it pulled the TT like the 22' that I will be posting for sell. I had no problems towing it 540 miles from KC,Mo. to Lou.,Ky. So if you have A F150 and want to pull a 30-34' go for it. Make sure you have a Hensley and a good controller. BTW my controller is a prodigy and worked flawlessly with the Three axel TT.
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Old 12-14-2007, 09:40 AM   #34
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Old 12-14-2007, 11:35 AM   #35
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Andrew T The key to driving in hills both going up and going down is to select a gear that keeps the engine in its powerband which is 3500-4000 RPM with the 5.4. It runs those RPM's very easily and will climb easily if it is kept in it's powerband.
This is good advice which shouldn't be lost in the shuffle. Don't be afraid of revs on this engine. It also keeps the transmission cooler.

If you go w/ 250 get the v10 or diesel.
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Old 12-14-2007, 12:50 PM   #36
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F150vs mini...found it this morning. Has nothig to do with towing, of course, but I still found it to be interesting.
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Thanks to everyone on this thread. After reading this, especially Andrew T's post, I will be keeping my '07 F-150 Lariat well after my payments are completed. :-) But, then again, I have the tow package including the tranny cooler, 3.93 rear gear, and beefed-up rear suspension.

We completed our first trip with the 28 CCD to Santa Fe in May and I was a bit concerned about keeping the 5.4L in the 4,000 RPM range on inclines and declines. Good to know that i was doing the right thing.

Yesterday, I test drove the 2011 F-250 with the new diesel and while it is a very nice truck, the thing is a gangly beast and I'd hate to have to park that thing in a grocery store lot, much less in a parking garage.
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Old 08-09-2010, 04:20 AM   #38
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Follow up

As followup, although I still have the F-150 5.4L I never have actually towed the Airstream off the farm grounds. In fact I never even bothered to license it. The Airstream goes from the machine shed to the parking space and back to the machine shed with a side trip now and then to discretely dump the black tank in the back 40 acres.

Recently purchased a 2000 F-350 7.3 powerstroke with 6 speed manual --- that will be my primary tow vehicle. Actually I bought the diesel for other reasons rather than towing.

If I had to do it all over again, I should of just bought a superduty diesel to begin with.
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watching 'flying wild: alaska' on discovery. just saw an ad for 2011 f-150 towing what looked like a 27 foot classic. is that really enough truck for that rig?
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watching 'flying wild: alaska' on discovery. just saw an ad for 2011 f-150 towing what looked like a 27 foot classic. is that really enough truck for that rig?
Read this thread from the beginning and tell us what you think.
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Your 150 is fine.
Contrary to the opinion of all to many owners, you should always tow with the water tank "full.".........Traveling with full water, adds enjoyment to Airstreaming, and peace of mind too.
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Interesting concept, until you pull a few hills and your trans blows, like mine (on my 5.4L expedition) did.
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