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Old 08-28-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Talking Ford F 150 towing an Airstream

I have a 2012 F-150 with the v 6 eco boost engine with a tow rateing of 9800 lbs. Does any one else tow using a F-150? My airstream max is 8000 lbs.
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:30 PM   #2
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I do not tow with one however I have heard good things about them from members on the forum.
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Wow, 8K is a lot of weight. You know, one concern I had with our F150 was the "heft" of the vehicle to withstand sway. We were not so concerned about motor capacity as our vintage rig weighs in at a mighty 4650 dry, but it is a 30 foot chuck of stuff, able to sway about with some heft of its own. To that end, we got an F150 long bed. Can't say that it helped, but we feel comformtable with it.

Yes, there was one occasion when a larger motor would have helped, but that was also a road that I had no business being on in the first place. I doubt we would do it again even with a larger motor.


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I have a 2012 F-150 with the v 6 eco boost engine with a tow rateing of 9800 lbs. Does any one else tow using a F-150? My airstream max is 8000 lbs.
Hello,
I have a f150 2010 5.4l eng. with heavy duty tow package/factory brake controller/K@N COLD AIR INTAKE system/Gibson cat back muffler/Mich.E tires/ and super springs/ andersen hitch. Tested the eco boost and feels more capable than my 2010. That said,I tow a 2012 fc/fb without any problems and I do so in the west. Your concern should be on your payload capacity and whether the truck is set up by factory to tow. My AS is 7300 and my payload is 1900 pds/truck is 7700 gvwr. Love to have your engine and my towing capacity.Hope this helps!
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:51 PM   #5
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I have a 2012 F-150 with the v 6 eco boost engine with a tow rateing of 9800 lbs. Does any one else tow using a F-150? My airstream max is 8000 lbs.
how is your truck equipped? i'm thrilled (in s good way) with mine.
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If the truck came with the towing package and is a full bed, it is likely up to the task. If it were a crew cab with additional wheelbase, it would be even better. You will need at least a w/d hitch and maybe some frictional dampeners.
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It is a 2012 Larart with a Ford installed tow package with-out the tralier brake controller. It has a 3.53 under it and the Ford book says cap is 9800lbs airstream says max is 8000 lbs and we never carrier water in it or a lot of food stuff, I plan on weighing it first time I get. I have installed a after market controller today and will try it out with the trailer on Thursday this week. Will come back after our trip and report back to all on how it did.
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It is a crew cab with a short bed, however the wheel base is 145"
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I want to thank all of you guys out there in helping with this.
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Wow, 8K is a lot of weight. You know, one concern I had with our F150 was the "heft" of the vehicle to withstand sway. We were not so concerned about motor capacity as our vintage rig weighs in at a mighty 4650 dry, but it is a 30 foot chuck of stuff, able to sway about with some heft of its own. To that end, we got an F150 long bed. Can't say that it helped, but we feel comformtable with it.

Yes, there was one occasion when a larger motor would have helped, but that was also a road that I had no business being on in the first place. I doubt we would do it again even with a larger motor.


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Get real Lynn, that truck can pull the trailer with no problem. 8K is not a lot a lot of weight for something rated at 8.9K. Last rig I heard that had a problem with "heft" was a 3/4 ton Ford Excursion. It flipped.
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We tow with that exact truck and trailer except both are 2012. We live in the California Central Valley and every trip is up and over the mountains with a full tank of fresh water. I set the cruise on 60 and she pulls the mountains, cruves etc without missing a beat. Down hill, the built in brake controller downshifts to hold the speed. Awesome! I have never felt the trailer weight burden the truck in any way. It is a great combination!! Chaps.
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Chaps, Thanks for the note. Like wise ours is a 2012 F150 with ford trailer hitch and I have installedan after market brake controller. Will test is out this week end, we are going to the grand canyon for two weeks. My last truck was an F 250 Diesel that pull this trailer with out any problems, however it was stolen and total this month, I had to purchase a new one so we got this F150. The trailer is 2009 25' classic.
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Enjoy the Grand Canyon! That is one of our dream trips on the list :-) Chaps
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