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Old 01-26-2015, 09:13 AM   #1
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Any Ford F-150 Raptor owners pulling Airstreams?

Any Ford Raptor owners out there pulling Airstreams? I'd love to hear your experiences. I'm planning on pulling a International 30 and would like to hear your thoughts.

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Old 01-26-2015, 09:52 AM   #2
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I saw you posting in another thread and meant to PM you, so I'm glad you made this post. I think you are going to have an issue with the payload. I have a similar similar truck and am looking at a 30' 2014 Bunk, so I'm right there with you.
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:29 PM   #3
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Yeah, payload is 1120. Even with a WD hitch, with passengers and cargo I'm right at 1150. And probably need another 200 to load up the bicycles and generator.

Over at the Raptor forums there are plenty of folks pulling large loads, as the pathetically low payload rating (lower than a Camry) is quite ridiculous and mostly due to the soft "off road" springs and shocks. But the Raptor comes standard with the tow package, class IV hitch, trailer brake control, anti sway technology, etc. So I'm looking at some helper springs to help reduce the expected back end squat. I was wondering if any other Airtreamers were in the same boat. I've read plenty of other F-150 owners successfully pulling this weight, but with differently configured trucks.
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Those seem quite reasonable. Easy to install at home or pro required?
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Check this air bag system designed for the Raptor
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:45 PM   #6
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Those seem quite reasonable. Easy to install at home or pro required?
Installable by most folks. I may try it. Saw a video and am now an expert.

Didnt seem terribly difficult.
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Old 01-26-2015, 01:48 PM   #7
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Check this air bag system designed for the Raptor
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Yeah, those guys make great stuff. I looked at that and at the ABS from SVC. The adjustable bump stop look very nice. But I am hoping to not spend that much.
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See if you can get in touch with: Instagram He's towing with a Raptor.



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Nice setup (and pics), but that rig is a toy compared to a 30' trailer!
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Nice setup (and pics), but that rig is a toy compared to a 30' trailer!
He asked to hear experiences:

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Any Ford Raptor owners out there pulling Airstreams? I'd love to hear your experiences.

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I wouldn't personally go over 27 with only crew cab Raptor. Keep in mind, the Raptor is a fun truck, but it gets terrible gas milage from the get go (repeats say 10-11mpg city driving is the norm). I can only imagine it's even worse towing. The gearing and power train though should have all the grunt you need. Also they do sit 4 inches higher than a regular F150.
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Does it matter, he asked to hear experiences:
Just trying to keep things in perspective.
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I wouldn't personally go over 27 with only crew cab Raptor. Keep in mind, the Raptor is a fun truck, but it gets terrible gas milage from the get go (repeats say 10-11mpg city driving is the norm). I can only imagine it's even worse towing. The gearing and power train though should have all the grunt you need. Also they do sit 4 inches higher than a regular F150.
Yeah, I get 12mpg in daily driving. I expect 7-8 while towing. There was a video of the guys hauling a 8,000 lb. trailer up the Ike Gauntlet where they got 3pmg.

I don't plan on towing often, so I won't mind the mpgs.
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:34 AM   #14
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Well, traded the Raptor so now I have an Escalade. 300# more towing and payload, so I'm in the same boat.

Now to sell the boat, and buy an Airstream....
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