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Old 09-17-2008, 04:37 PM   #15
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Dufferin - Can Am, is that the dealer located in London ON?
yes Echo.

You'll be surprised by his setup. But he knows his stuff. Some of my friends do tow a 34' classic with a 300 magnum HEMI and they do travel the all winter with it. No problem for them.

At the Region 1 Rally in PEI I followed Andy's seminar and the guy doesn't put hazard in the setup. He does some math and then try it on the road. His brother Kirk was at the same site a week prior with a Jetta diesel towing a 19'.

He will actually tell you that a 3/4 ton is too stiff for an Airstream ask him to show you some pics of what those kind of trucks can do on the AS frame.

But sure some feel more comfortable to go with a big truck and big engine... as said already the 150 will come soon with a diesel... woth the wait.
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Old 09-17-2008, 04:52 PM   #16
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The F-150 will pull a 25' International fine; if you don't overload it with "stuff". You are right on track about waiting until after making a few trips with your current truck before making a decision about sticking with an F-150 or keeping the current one as a work truck and getting a 3/4 ton for towing. Keep in mind that you won't have to get a diesel to tow with. You can get a V-10 F-250 for a little more than what a new F-150 will cost you and much less than an F-250 diesel.

The V-10 will have similar towing power and torque as the diesel and similar fuel mileage (or Km's in Canada). The big difference will be that the 3/4 ton will have larger brakes and a tougher transmission, suspension, and frame. At least Ford advertises that they do. These are the items that will make towing more stable and the tow vehicle more durable. Especially the transmission if you do much mountain towing. I have an F-250 diesel and am very satisfied with it towing my 30' Safari, but could easily do it with a half ton. But I wouldn't have the torque and acceleration or hill towing power that I do nor would I be as comfortable with long term durability that I have.

All said and done, again, you are spot on with trying it with what you have now before making a decision.

Welcome to the forums and good luck with your new Airstream.
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:30 PM   #17
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Tricky to me is maneuvering. We up-sized from a 22 to the 27 (which is actually 28' according to the specs). The additional 6 feet requires paying closer attention to where the trailer is. Switching lanes on the highway and needing to be 150% sure I've got the room to move over. Turning corners and making sure I don't curb it.
The towing capability is absolutely ok with my setup. We live at the foothills of the Blue Ridge and need to travel over two mountains in order to get to I-81 with the requisite switchbacks, up and down. Again, the truck isn't strained by this but I keep a sharp eye out for clearances, use the engine for braking when I can so I don't overheat the brakes etc.
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yes Echo.

You'll be surprised by his setup. But he knows his stuff. Some of my friends do tow a 34' classic with a 300 magnum HEMI and they do travel the all winter with it. No problem for them.

At the Region 1 Rally in PEI I followed Andy's seminar and the guy doesn't put hazard in the setup. He does some math and then try it on the road. His brother Kirk was at the same site a week prior with a Jetta diesel towing a 19'.

He will actually tell you that a 3/4 ton is too stiff for an Airstream ask him to show you some pics of what those kind of trucks can do on the AS frame.

But sure some feel more comfortable to go with a big truck and big engine... as said already the 150 will come soon with a diesel... woth the wait.
YES, I actually think I saw his setup with the Jetta Diesel and 19' Trailer last year. It was on display at the Toronto RV show. I think it was a navy blue Jetta if I recall correctly. I definitely am going to take a trip down to London this fall to speak to the guys down there.

Ford Truck -- Do you think I'll run into braking issues on long downhills even if I have trailer brakes? Should I still use engine braking to help assist the braking?
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Just be glad you have a FORD and not a Japanese truck like I have. I tow my 25 with a Nissan Titan and the truck is perfect. There seems to be MANY members who hate the idea of having a Japanese truck!!! The families in Mississippi that made my Titan seems to enjoy the paycheck.
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Currently sitting in Angel fire New Mexico, on our 4th cross country trip with a 28 safari and our 08 ford f150 4x4 with the 5.4 and all the packages.

That should speak volumes, please read some of my past post on the abilities of the new generation 150 series fords. This truck is more than enough, have your hitch set up properly, I prefer the dual cam by reese. Simple and very effective. Just filled up in pueblo colorado for 2.65 gallon on e85. I can not find a calculator or accountant that would justify a rough riding and very expensive 250 diesel. I lease and the math is very simple, I get a loaded 150 lariat with an interior that looks like an expensive suv for hundreds less /month than a work truck 250 with diesel. The issue is more than that, even though the truck is 50% utilized for towing, the non towing use is no comparison. Just drive a 250, hit some railroad tracks and pot holes, and then take the 150. The only person who could justify the difference is your back doctor. The beautiful advantage of an airstream is how easy they tow, get a fifth wheel and all the space if you move up to a 250.
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