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Old 12-15-2009, 11:28 AM   #15
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I think that the Flex is a natural for Airstreams, they come with Vista windows too!
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:44 AM   #16
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Sorry I have been a while getting back to this. The Flex produces 2800 pounds of thrust in first gear. Comparable to 5.3 Litre 1/2 ton. With the Echoboost it produces 3958.

One thing interesing about this echo boost engine is that it still has a high compression ratio 10.1:1 vs 10.3:1 for the naturally asperated engine. Often turbo charged motors have lower compression ratios in the 8:1 range which seems to affect mileage when not using the power.

The Flex transmission is the same as the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse etc. as it was joint project between Ford and GM. It works very nicely but we have not tested durabilitly on the back of the Turbo engine.

For most Airstreams the standard engine will be more than adequate, the turbo would be fun though.

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Andrew, would modifications to the hitch be needed for towing my 72 Trade Wind?
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:05 PM   #18
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I think that the Flex is a natural for Airstreams, they come with Vista windows too!
If you mean the three roof windows, aren't they more like Astrodomes, Cameron?

That's one of the things I like too. Gives a lot of light inside that big interior...
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:50 PM   #19
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If you mean the three roof windows, aren't they more like Astrodomes, Cameron?

That's one of the things I like too. Gives a lot of light inside that big interior...

They are more like Astrodomes, but Ford calls them Vista windows. Now if they just made one with an aluminum body.
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:54 PM   #20
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We have set up several of the Flexs to tow a variety of trailers including several Airstreams. It is a great working vehicle.

The center of gravity is quite low for an SUV. The 124" wheel base combined with the short rear overhang and independent rear suspension give it excellent handling. One customer with a 1992 29' went to one after a 3/4 ton suburban, he is amazed at how much better it handles and of coarse the ride is fantastic by comparison. None of the ones we have set up so far have the eco boost engine. For a 17' it would not be necessary at all. Generally we do strengthen the hitch receivers but that would not be necessary for the 17'.

Which hitch system and brake control are you using?

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So what is the effective maximum tow capacity for the Flex with the proper towing options? Are we still talking about a maximum of 4500 lbs tow weight like the base factor specification indicates? My 1973 31' was rated at a maximum GVW of 7200 lbs which sounds like it would be too much for the Flex. Does the maximum tow capacity increase with the turbo option?

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Old 12-17-2009, 04:49 PM   #21
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I really like the looks of the Flex, and it could easily tow the Caravel, but when I priced it out with AWD the price came up to $38k!!! Holy cow! I'll be towing with the Econoline for a while longer I guess
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Wow- that is expensive! Is that with all the bells and whistles?
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The Ford website makes it look like most of the bells and whistles are standard, so there weren't really a lot of options. I just know I'd like my next vehicle to have AWD, so I picked that option. It also seems you can have it in any color you want, as long as it's black (at least that's what all the local dealers have on the lots)!
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Stef, you are getting side tracked. I still see you towing with a Mustang convertible.
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Stef, you are getting side tracked. I still see you towing with a Mustang convertible.
Oh, but the places I want to go, I'm more likely to need a four door wrangler (which is still a possibility someday)
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Yeah Steph, they're pretty steep in price. I too wanted one... til we started looking at prices. Give them a few years... in 3 yrs, they'll be around 15-$20,000. We bought a new (used) Sequoia to replace the van.... oh... SO SMOOTH... like butter. New cars / trucks are so nice now a days... but Ouch! Those prices hurt.
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Yeah Steph, they're pretty steep in price. I too wanted one... til we started looking at prices. Give them a few years... in 3 yrs, they'll be around 15-$20,000. We bought a new (used) Sequoia to replace the van.... oh... SO SMOOTH... like butter. New cars / trucks are so nice now a days... but Ouch! Those prices hurt.
Nice, that van of yours was getting up there, but ours is too. I'd really like something smaller, more comfortable to drive long distances, AWD for questionable weather, but can still safely and easily pull the trailer. But like you, the prices give me nosebleeds.
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Old 12-18-2009, 05:13 AM   #28
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My '06 AWD Freestyle was the best vehicle I've ever driven- and that includes a lot of foreign makes. If the FLEX is anything like it, I'd say GO FOR IT.
That would make for a shexy rig- you must post pix.
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