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Old 12-14-2011, 10:00 PM   #1
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Hello all, I have a Ford F 150 with the 11,300 lb towing capacity and am currently wanting to get the 25FB Airstream International with a base weight of 5,552 lb and Gross at 7,300 lb. Im a little confused after reading some of the forums threads so I will just flat out ask. With the F 150 and 25FB and the sway control and weight distribution hitch would all of you experienced Airstreamers feel safe towing with this set up?
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:13 PM   #2
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I am towing a 34' triple axle with an excursion.I have not had any issues whatsoever and have been really happy with my ford. I know it is a bit different than the setup on your F150, but I think the tow ratings on the fords have increased over the years. My father in law has an '09 F150 Lariat and it seems to have plenty of power and control. I was impressed. There are many members on the forum that tow with the F150.
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:23 PM   #3
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Hello all, I have a Ford F 150 with the 11,300 lb towing capacity and am currently wanting to get the 25FB Airstream International with a base weight of 5,552 lb and Gross at 7,300 lb. Im a little confused after reading some of the forums threads so I will just flat out ask. With the F 150 and 25FB and the sway control and weight distribution hitch would all of you experienced Airstreamers feel safe towing with this set up?
Hi, being way below the F-150's tow rating, it should work fine. I'm thinking of one of those to tow my 6,300 GVWR Safari.
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:32 PM   #4
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No problem what-so-ever. I am pulling that trailer with my Tundra which is rated for less. The only issue you need to be aware of would involve the GVWR. Since it is a half ton you won't be able to carry as much as you might imagine once you drop the ball on the hitch. The 25 FB has a relatively heavy tongue weight. You might want to check the carrying capacity of the 150.

I am at the limit with the Tundra. It is not the towing, it is the carrying that will get you with a half ton whatever.
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:41 PM   #5
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No sweat. You can make it a lot more stable by getting rid of the P-rated tires and installing XL (extra Load) tires for a stiffer sidewall and less side-to-side wiggle. You will lose that soft cushy ride however.

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Old 12-14-2011, 11:55 PM   #6
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We just picked up our new Flying Cloud 25B last Friday. I was nervous about towing and TVs and hitches. We have a Suburban half ton with a 5.3L and 8000 # tow cap. I had an Equalizer hitch installed, and we towed this beautiful trailer home from the dealer about 250 miles and it towed beautifully with no trouble. It would seem you should be fine with your TV. These trailers two beautifully and somewhat easily. Good luck!
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First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

I think that you will do OK with the combo that you are proposing. You may need to change out you stock tires for something that can handle the load. We have a 2005 25FB that weighs 7400# ready to camp and has a tongue weight of 860#.

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