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Old 07-06-2013, 02:53 PM   #57
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Help. Do I need to trade my 2011 F150 6.2 Platinum in on a new F250 diesel to handle a new 2008 30ft Classic Ltd AS. I know the engine strong enough but concerned about the suspension.
Actually, no. Instead, you should sell me the Platinum for $500 and then go buy the diesel.

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Old 07-06-2013, 03:30 PM   #58
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Probably not but that diesel sure is nice

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Old 07-06-2013, 05:26 PM   #59
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Originally Posted by Luigi123 View Post
Help. Do I need to trade my 2011 F150 6.2 Platinum in on a new F250 diesel to handle a new 2008 30ft Classic Ltd AS. I know the engine strong enough but concerned about the suspension.
No. That truck will do just fine. Note my avatar and signature.
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Old 07-12-2013, 05:20 PM   #60
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Luigi', have you checked the tow ratings for your suspension? They should be in the owner's manual.

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Old 01-22-2014, 04:02 PM   #61
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Toyota Tacoma--tows up to what size?

I have a 2008 Toyota Tacoma "access cab," 2wd, 6 cylinder, towing package, towing capacity of 6500 lbs. I thought that my absolute limit was a 23 foot AS, but that to be safe, the 20 footer was the most appropriate bet. But after reading all this, I'm wondering if I was too conservative.

We like to go camping in places like West Virginia, the Appalachians, etc.: small roads, steep grades.

Any advice much appreciated.

(This is only my third post. Is it in the right forum? I'm not sure I understand the structure yet.)
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:59 AM   #62
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Old 09-17-2014, 02:51 PM   #63
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You should check your F150's GVCWR and it's GVWR. You would definitely need to have the "max payload package" which increases your GVWR to 7800 lbs. and your cargo capacity to something like 1800 lbs. The fact that your truck is rated to tow the 10000 lbs. GVWR of the AS is less important than whether you are exceeding your gross vehicle combined weight rating or your truck's overall capacity. That affects truck handling and braking. If you've ever watched the videos of pick ups pulling trailers up and down the I-70 grade to the Eisenhower tunnel in Colorado (shown by The Fast Lane you'll understand that the trailer brakes don't do that much work in stopping or slowing the trailer. (You'll also understand why people tow with diesels. The gas engines spinning at 4-5,000 rpm to develop their power make quite a racket, compared to the diesels spinning at half that speed doing the same job.)
IIRC, when I was researching combinations of AS trailers and tow vehicles, I believe the Classic 30 exceed the gross combined weight rating of any model of the F-150. We bought a new FC 27 and will probably pull it with a new Silverado or Sierra 1500; but the F150 with max payload would work, too. The issue isn't the trailer's 7600 GVWR, it's the 800 lb. tongue weight (empty) plus about 500 lbs. of passengers and dog plus the stuff in the bed, like generators, fuel, tools and so on.
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2003 sequioa with ProPride hitch. Can I tow a 1964 28' airstream? 4300lbs as the trailer sits. Safe or no?
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2003 sequioa with ProPride hitch. Can I tow a 1964 28' airstream? 4300lbs as the trailer sits. Safe or no?

Yes. I have a 05 tundra ( same truck if you have a 4.7 liter) with pro pride. I tow an 05 safari 25 ab witch is about 6300# . My truck has the tow package with class v hitch. Toyota says 7800# max trailer weight. I use a prodegy brake control. We just put 2300 miles on going around Lake Superior. Great trip and the setup handled beautiful. At the start I wasn't sure that we had a big enough truck, but we didn't have any problems. I really don't see any point in buying anything else, unless I could find something that gets better than 10 mpg towing. For the price of a new truck I can buy a lot of fuel.

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We tow our 19 Flying Cloud with a Toyota Highlander with the factory towing package. We are amazed at how easily this vehicle handles the task. The gas mileage averages around 16 mpg going over passes, up and down. This model has the 3.5 V6. We did considerable research with Toyota and looked at articles in Trailer Life, as we were skeptical. We originally purchased the Highlander in 2013 to haul our 2,000 lb boat & Trailer. The 19 Bambi weighs in around 4,000. Capacity is listed at 5,000 for the Highlander.

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