View Poll Results: What size Airstream are you towing with your F-150 Ecoboost.
16' 1 2.44%
19' 1 2.44%
20' 3 7.32%
22' 0 0%
23' 2 4.88%
25' 9 21.95%
27' 7 17.07%
28' 10 24.39%
30' 6 14.63%
31' 0 0%
34' 4 9.76%
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:35 PM   #29
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I'm not sure I understand the reluctance to tow something larger than 25' with an F150. Some 30s are under 7000 lbs dry weight and under 900 lbs tongue weight, well within the specs of the F150. What am I missing?
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:32 PM   #30
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I'm not sure I understand the reluctance to tow something larger than 25' with an F150. Some 30s are under 7000 lbs dry weight and under 900 lbs tongue weight, well within the specs of the F150. What am I missing?
The later models, especially the wide body models are much heavier, and also Airstream is notorious about stating tongue weights unrealistically low, like with no batteries, or propane. It's not uncommon for even a late model 25 footer to have a tongue weight in excess of 1000lbs.
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:45 PM   #31
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Ok, well this is confusing. If they state "Hitch Weight (w/LP & w/o options, water & cargo) (lbs.) 880" then I can't rely on that?

And is the 10-15% of trailer weight = hitch weight rule of thumb not apply to Airstreams?

I'm guessing a WD hitch will address some of this, but you are right. If I exceed my payload by a couple thousand pounds, I could understand the concern. But I can't get to that big of a discrepancy with my math.
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:57 PM   #32
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My 27FB tongue weight with a Sherline scale was 900lbs. That's ready to go camping. Empty according to Airstream is 770lbs.
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:09 PM   #33
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Interesting, so does your 900 LB include both propane tanks full? Also does it Include your hitch? I have always thought the 27 and 28' units were heavier than that. If they are not that's good news for me

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Old 01-23-2015, 11:36 PM   #34
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Hi, so far, I have to admit that I'm surprised at the count. If I counted correctly. For trailers that are 25' or less, I counted 10. For trailers larger than 25' I counted 21. This makes me more anxious to see how my F-150 will tow my 25' Safari and compare it to what my Lincoln has done for ten years.
I'm eager to hear how it compares to your Lincoln, especially in mountain driving. Cascades? Siskiyous? Please keep us posted.
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:48 PM   #35
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I'm eager to hear how it compares to your Lincoln, especially in mountain driving.
Hi, I am too; My Lincoln's 300 ponies probably drops to about 200 ponies in the high mountains. A super charged, turbo'd, or blown engine is supposed to hold it's horse power. So let's say I might be comparing 200 horse power to 365 horse power when I go back to Colorado. I thought that the Colorado mountains were going to kill my Lincoln, but my Lincoln proved to be tough. I'm just as concerned about engine drag going down those hills. Driving single my Lincoln seems to have a lot more engine drag than my F-150.
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Old 01-24-2015, 09:21 AM   #36
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My 27FB tongue weight with a Sherline scale was 900lbs. That's ready to go camping. Empty according to Airstream is 770lbs.
My Airstream company Safari 25' stated tongue weight is 860 lbs.; however, my CAT scale weight is 990lbs.
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Old 01-24-2015, 05:46 PM   #37
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Interesting, so does your 900 LB include both propane tanks full? Also does it Include your hitch? I have always thought the 27 and 28' units were heavier than that. If they are not that's good news for me

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Full propane tanks. Stuff under the bed, in the front storage area. In the front overhead etc. Weighed at the campground using a friends scale. Not including the hitch.
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:35 PM   #38
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Use to tow a 25' FC with a Ford F150 EcoBoost, terrific for that size trailer, but would not go any larger, at least for me. Payload, brakes et all. I did tow a 30' AS with it when we first got the 30' and did not like the overall performance.

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Old 01-24-2015, 07:45 PM   #39
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I am like you Robert, haven't yet as I don't have an ecoBEAST yet but one consideration is that there is a significant difference in those towing with pre-2015 models as the trucks are around 700 lbs heavier! That would have a definite impact on towing/torque power. As others have stated, that engine is a beast with very low torque RPM and lots of power. The only cutoff I believe would be tongue weight/payload and planned cargo for someone. The new F150 adds all that extra weight of the older models to its payload rating which is around 2100 or so on the regular tow pkg.
Are you sure about that payload figure? I emailed a dealer earlier today and asked them to give me the payload off a max tow 2015 f150 crew cab. was 1777 lbs.

That's very close to my 2012 crew cab with the 5.0 v8.

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Old 01-24-2015, 09:33 PM   #40
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If you check the Ford website, I think you will find crew cab combinations in excess of 7000 lbs. GVWR that are available. For example 20" wheels and tires are usually rated for less capacity than 18 inches. But they look cooler, so the dealers order them. I'm pretty convinced that the typical 1/2 ton buyer isn't too concerned about carrying a ton of stuff in the bed or towing 10,000 lbs.
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:01 AM   #41
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When I ordered my 2015 I found it necessary to sit down with a savvy salesperson and item by item select the package that would give me MaxTow and MaxPayload. I ended up with the Platinum model and because it is a high end "luxury" model I was a little limited with maxing things out. Still ended up with 2000+lbs payload and I can't recall the tow but certainly adequate for my 30' Cloud.
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:44 AM   #42
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I looked up the VIN. On the label above. XLT 145" wb 7000 GVWR PKG.
There is a local 2015 XLT to me with a 157" wb with a 7050 GVWR pkg. I would expect the payload to be similar or slightly less since it has the 6' bed.

I test drove 2014 145" wb with a 7700 GVWR pkg with 1765 lb showing on the payload sticker. It wasn't an FX4 like the 2015s mentioned here which adds skid plate weight. 300lbs was not woth replacing my Tundra.

So the 2015s can offer similar payload with less GVWR. Will Ford have 2015 models with more GVWR without having to order the HD payload Pkg? I suspect they won't. It appears to get more payload we will have to special order one with the HD Payload pkg which is almost a $2k.

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