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Old 06-02-2015, 10:15 AM   #29
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i used to tow at the max rating of my various tow vehicles. it never felt right to me pushing the limits that way. so now i use a 1 ton, which is probably overkill, but with pretty much unlimited weight options, this truck feels way better than any 1/2 ton or for that matter 3/4 ton i have used in the past.

but sometimes, your choice is to use what you have so just watch the weight distribution and realize you are probably pushing the limits beyond the manufacturers recommendations.

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Old 06-02-2015, 10:51 AM   #30
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I have a Chevy Silverado 1500, and three years ago I rolled a 27' AS (won't go into specifics, 6% downgrade on a curve). I now pull a 25' AS.

I wouldn't let the wife pull the 27' because it was a handful handling. The 25' pulls much easier.
Wow, just wondering did the pick up roll too or just the Stream? Looks like the chevy receiver broke or got ripped off.

Generally speaking Airstreams tow so well. We tow our 23 with a Can Am set up V6 sedan and it tows so well.

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Old 06-02-2015, 11:22 AM   #31
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I have a Classic Limited 27. When I run, the trailer weight fully loaded with water and all the do-dads that my wife can fit into it is between 8000 and 9000 lbs. I pull this with a 2010 Ford F150 and it is just fine on the eastern seaboard. I would be concerned if I was out west. My Ford is not an off the lot model and has several options that give the Ford the best possible chance of success. The 5.4L V-8 with the 3.73 rear end and the heavy duty tow package including the transmission cooler and oil cooler. 18" wheels are another plus. At 65 mph the engine is turning about 2100 Rpm on a flat road. However, if I have a 3% grade my RPM jumps to close to 3000 RPM a 5% grade and I'm pushing 4000 rpm.

Now for the comparison: The 3.5L eco-boost is rated at very near the same horsepower and torque as the 5.4L but here is the kicker, the RPM at 65mph on a flat road will be near 2600 rpm and with the 3% grade and 5% grade the RPMS will be kissing 5000 RPM. I'm sorry, but even though the engine may do the job I am not convinced that it will last for 100,000 miles and I don't think that it would ever reach 200,000 without major engine repairs. I consider my F150 with the 5.4L is certainly marginal for this duty and I have considered the 3.5L but just can't feel comfortable with the very high RPM's that the engine would be seeing for long periods of time. It looks like the F250 will have to be the replacement for me.

I am looking at the Ram 1500 with the 3.0L Italian diesel this is a snappy machine with the 8 speed transmission. But even this diesel is just too marginal for my trailer. Would be very interested in what you end up with and how it works for you.

Why do you imagine that the Ecoboost is going to turn higher RPM at a given speed than your 5.4l? Ecoboosts have more or less the same differential options, the current Max Tow setup is a 3.55:1 diff and the 3.73 is also available, with the same 6R80 automatic with the same internal ratios as a 2010 5.4l. In addition, the Ecoboost makes 55 lb-ft more torque (15% more) than a 5.4 liter on gasoline, and does it 1000 RPM *lower* than the 5.4l. (Supposedly the flex-fuel 5.4 does a bit more while burning way more E85, but let's compare gas to gas.) The Ecoboost also produces about 14% more horsepower, neither of which is what I'd consider "very near the same."

It's fine to say you like the normally-aspirated V8 for its reduced complexity, but I don't think there's any basis in fact for speculating that the 3.5l Ecoboost is going to be turning higher RPM in a given load and road condition than a similarly-geared V8. I would expect the opposite to be true, in fact, since the Ecoboost will be able to pull harder with the torque converter locked up in 5th than the 5.4 will be able to manage.

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Old 06-02-2015, 03:04 PM   #32
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I personally would like the details of what led to this, and how it went down as it went down.

Originally Posted by WindyJim View Post
I have a Chevy Silverado 1500, and three years ago I rolled a 27' AS (won't go into specifics, 6% downgrade on a curve). I now pull a 25' AS.

There is a tendency to "load up" whatever you are pulling so with water and a "housefull" of stuff it is pretty heavy. I personally would be quite cautious pulling a 27'. I wouldn't let the wife pull the 27' because it was a handful handling. The 25' pulls much easier.

Now, something I would strongly recommend with any 1/2 ton pickup is to purchase the higher pressure tires like the 3/4 and 1-ton trucks use. They take a much high pressure and as such the tire sidewalls are effectively less flexible. I swapped out my Michellin tires that were recommended for the 1/2 ton truck for the higher pressure Michellins and found it was like night and day as far as being a better towAttachment 239632Attachment 239632 vehicle.
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Old 06-02-2015, 09:11 PM   #33
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Check out the history of Ford 3.5L eco-boost engine. Be sure to read the wide range of testing, 163k miles. Now do you want another brand!
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:42 PM   #34
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I agree with all the others who advised that you should not have a prob towing either the 25' or 27' with your Ecoboost. In case you haven't already done so, check your trucks owners manual for the maximum trailer weight your 150 is rated for.
For comparison, my 2009 F150 5.4L Supercrew w/Max Tow package (3.73 rear axel) is rated to tow a trailer with a maximum weight of 11,200 Lbs (I'd never try towing anything close to that). Without the Max Tow pkg it's rated @ 9,700 Lbs. Your Ecoboost produces quite a bit more torque and hp than my 5.4L so maybe your 150 can handle more than you think.

Good Luck and happy trails with whichever trailer you choose.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:14 AM   #35
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Fortunately the truck didn't roll, but it was an e-ticket ride. It literally just ripped (tore) the hitch assembly from the truck. Chevy dealership said they had never seen or heard of such a happening.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:28 AM   #36
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Fortunately the truck didn't roll, but it was an e-ticket ride. It literally just ripped (tore) the hitch assembly from the truck. Chevy dealership said they had never seen or heard of such a happening.

Hi, if your truck had the infamous round tube receiver. I would say all Chevrolet dealers know that they a bad. Robert Cross who worked at a Chevrolet dealer in New York replaced several at the dealer under warranty and replaced the one on his own truck when he could see the welds cracking. Maybe they never seen one come apart like yours, but I know they saw many with cracked welds.


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