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Old 01-19-2009, 08:03 AM   #1
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Ford F 150 as a towing vehicle

I plan on buying a Airstream 23 or 25 International. I currently own a Ford F 150 Supercrew with 5.4 engine and towing package. I also have an equalizer hitch. I live in a mountanious area and would appreciate any information or comments from people who own the F 150.
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I plan on buying a Airstream 23 or 25 International. I currently own a Ford F 150 Supercrew with 5.4 engine and towing package. I also have an equalizer hitch. I live in a mountanious area and would appreciate any information or comments from people who own the F 150.
I have a 2001 SCREW with 96k it tows a 25 Safari fine. I tow in flat land and minor hills. In mountainous areas you will have to slow down and take your time. The newer SCREWS have more power.
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We have a similarly outfitted F150, but using one depends on several factors.

1. What year is your F150? My understanding that older models don't carry what new ones will.

2. What is the weight of your Airstream? Our 1967 Sovereign weighs in at a whopping 4,650 dry, so not a huge problem for our F150, even here in the Rocky Mountains.

3. Is your F150 a long bed or short? It does make a difference.


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Try to keep the GVW of the Airstream below 80% of the GVWR of the truck and you should be OK. Granted, if you are close to the 80% mark, you will not race to the top of the mountains and you will loose some power as you reach higher elevations.

My rule-of-thumb when selecting a diesel to tow our 30' Safari was up to 25', a 1/2 ton is sufficient, 25' and over, I wanted a 3/4 ton. You don't have to go diesel, you could go with an F-250 with the V-10 and have similar towing comfort and capacity. The only difference is that the gas engine will aspirate at elevation and the diesel won't...at least not nearly as soon.

BTW, I also have an Equal-i-zer brand hitch.
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I plan on buying a Airstream 23 or 25 International. I currently own a Ford F 150 Supercrew with 5.4 engine and towing package. I also have an equalizer hitch. I live in a mountanious area and would appreciate any information or comments from people who own the F 150.
Feel free to visit all my past postings regarding our 08 f150 towing nationwide a 28 safari. On the road currently going into Colorado, the damn thing is bullet proof.
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There has been a lot of discussion on this subject. Your tow vehicle should be fine.

As you live in the mountains a lower gear ratio might be an advantage. A cheap easy way to get lower gearing is to install low profile tires. This not only makes your trailer draw easier, the stiffer tires have the added advantage of reducing side sway.
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In '04, FOMOCO changed the 5.4 engine from a 2 valve per cylinder design to a 3 valve per cylinder setup. This boosted the HP rating up to 305 with a corresponding increase in torque. If your F-150 is '04 or newer, you won't have any problem. We've got a Safari 27 FBSE (actually 28' long) and have towed across the mountains without issue. The main thing is if you're on secondary roads, be careful of clearances (sides and overhead).
On the interstates, turn your OD off and take your time. As always, on long down grades, don't be shy about using the engine for braking by downshifting. This keeps you from burning out your breaks.

I believe even if you've got the older style motor, you should be ok.
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If a Tundra or my '08 Sequoia can tow a 28' no problem I don't see why you would have any problems with an F150. I should be a great TV.
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A properly equipped 150, with their best engine, will tow anything Airstream makes. The key word is "proper".

Anything else is a gross waste of money.

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I tow a 26' Argosy with the smaller 4.6 V-8 engine in an older '97 F-150. It handles the trailer well.
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I pulled a 30ft Excella (8000lbs) with my 1998 F 150 for six years, from Michigan to the West Coast and to the most southern point in the U.S.; Key West. As we are now "half timing" and because we needed a new truck and since the deals were irresistible we moved up to a F 250, 6.4 diesel. The difference is remarkable. As long as we were towing on the flat lands without head winds the F 150 was super but I recall the pull in and out of Lake Tahoe, CA. We have not experienced that struggle in the Appalacians and when we return out West I think the new tow vehicle will perform much differently
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You should buy a chevy but otherwise you are ok equiped I just came home from WI in my chevy 1500 and had no problems and I have a 26ft and it was fulllllllllllllllllll...
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You should buy a chevy but otherwise you are ok equiped I just came home from WI in my chevy 1500 and had no problems and I have a 26ft and it was fulllllllllllllllllll...
That is an excellent tow vehicle as well.

It's not necessarily what you buy, it'a how do you equip it.

Transmission oil coolers, are always far better than anything any factory installs.

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I'm with Andy on this one. Look at the tow package and see what you are getting, and the gages you are also getting. If you move up to a 3/4 ton you will have more power but less of a ride when not towing the trailer, or even towing it. Now the 1/2 tons come with pretty big engines with lots of torque.
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