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Old 04-24-2016, 09:19 AM   #15
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Had a new '06 19' CCD for 6 years that was towed by my '04 Sprinter 2500 diesel service van. Used the Equalizer without issue for 50,000 miles of towing over those 6 years.

Works as advertised and no complaints!!

I have clients that use the F-150 with the 3.5 EcoBoost towing 30' Airstreams cross-country on a regular basis. If it works for them… will surely perform admirably for your 19.

(and I'm not a 'Ford guy' either!!)

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Old 04-24-2016, 10:13 AM   #16
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I highly recommend anti-sway bars. Well worth the investment and the trouble to get them in place for towing ...

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Old 04-24-2016, 10:30 AM   #17
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The truck debate all sort of makes me chuckle. Buy what you can afford. Bigger is better
I say that sort of jokingly but people with 2500\250 -3500\350's pretty much don't say they liked 1500/150 more. Sure a new 150 Ford will do at great job and I'm not knocking them, why is a 350 more money, it's better, more heavy duty, easier towing.
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:33 AM   #18
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Oh ya I love my 350! Just like I liked my last 3500.

Ford Chevy Dodge apples and oranges, all good trucks. If we where talking hotrods well then Chevy would be the clear winner...
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:34 AM   #19
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I towed a 25' Safari a lot with a F150, no problems. We upgraded to the 30' Excella, now the F150...not so good. Upgraded the truck to a GMC 2500 HD. The truck more than does the job but I'm not in love with it.
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:51 AM   #20
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I love my 2016 Durmax Silverado which just replaced the 2005 Durmax. Other than general maintenance no major repairs in 11 years of towing with the old truck in over 200,000 miles. Yes, it is overkill for a 19 ft unit. My dealer told me most of his clients are going with the Ford Eco-boost for Airstream towing. Either of your choices are good, just depends on what you like and want to pay for... I do add an additional 50 gallon fuel tank (Transfer Flow (Trax 3) with a bed cover. This is a real quality of life issue on long trips. I find just the Reese equalizer hitch works fine with my 23 ft Flying Cloud (no sway issues so far). This hitch strategy was base on my dealer's recommendation as he told me my truck was way overkill. By the way the 2016 is getting 13 miles per towing where the 2005 got the same mileage with the Edge/Juice add on computer system and upgraded air intake/exhaust system. The new truck is still under 5,000 miles so is still in the breaking in stage. Have fun with the Airstream and the truck of your choice that is what it is all about!
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Old 04-24-2016, 12:01 PM   #21
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Over the past 12 years we have used, with enormous success, the Pullrite hitch system. In my books it leaves all the others in the dust! I think of it as an undermount 5th wheel and the trailer will follow the truck without fear of the truck and trailer meeting.
Please do yourself a real favor and check it out at

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Old 04-24-2016, 12:28 PM   #22
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2015 f150

We just completed a cross country trip from Wilmington NC to San Francisco with our F150 and 25' Flying Cloud. Couldn't be happier with the Ford's performance. The 3.5L engine was super! Averaged around 11.5 MPG. We're waiting on our new Pendleton and are confident that the truck will handle the extra 300 lbs without a problem. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-24-2016, 12:52 PM   #23
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You do well to study the Forums so I guess you know by now that some of the comments you get are biased and sometimes plain baloney. I don't know the folks personally but am impressed by the knowledge, and sensiblility of Switz, Lewster and AWChief to name a few. You can learn truth from folks like these.
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Old 04-24-2016, 01:17 PM   #24
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I have been looking for a towing vehicle and if I were going with the ecoboost I agree with the others I would go with the max trailer towing package. I believe it only comes with tbe longer box even with the crew cab. The trailer mirrors are not included in the package but would be worth the extra money. We have pulled our 03 25 safari all over the country and mountains witb a Tundra and a reese roller cam hitch with no problem but for a 28 or 30 I would go with a 3/4 ton diesel.
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Old 04-24-2016, 01:47 PM   #25
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Until just recently I was towing a 19' with a Hensley first with a Mercedes ML350 then with an F 150 Ecoboost (tow package). I switched to the F 150 because we were planning on upgrading to a 25'. Regarding a Hensley hitch on a 19', it may be overkill but I never experienced any sway at all and in one panic stop, it performed great. I will say that the Hensley helped in navigating tight gas stations. I did put a Hensley on my new 25'.
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Old 04-24-2016, 02:19 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by muskypicker View Post
Hi everyone,

When we were talking to the Airstream dealer, we started talking about sway control and weight distribution hitches. He said the only thing he recommended was to install an Equalizer Sway Control Hitch. He said the disliked Hensley hitches so much that they won't even touch a trailer that comes in with a Hensley, and they make the owner completely unhitch the trailer themselves before the dealer will even touch it.

So, will you please help me with our truck and which options we will need? We live in Colorado and will be doing a lot of mountain driving.

Also, do we need anything other than the Equalizer anti-sway hitch, or will this be sufficient? Safety is my #1 priority.

Thank you all for any help and advice.
Equalizer Brand Equalizer Hitches are very good choices. There is a Forum called "E Q U A L I Z E R BRAND Equalizer Hitch" with about 9 years of history on this forum. I would recommend the lighter bars though as the 10,000 lb bars will probably beat the trailer to death. I use the lighter bars with a 2004 22 foot and find it works well. I went through the whole nut roll two years ago and read all the "Oh my God" posts about swaying, and found a single statement in the cited forum to be telling. The OP said words to the effect that the only time his trailer swayed uncontrollably with the Equalizer Brand hitch on it was when it was parked in his driveway and they were hit with an earthquake.

That was well stated, and after a significant number of freeway miles with trucks, Class A motorhomes, strong gusting winds and anything else you can think of, I find the Equalizer brand hitch up to the task. I don't begrudge others their brands, but the sway elimination hitches are extremely unpopular with the dealer here in New Mexico as well.

I bought a Tundra to tow my 22 foot Safari, but I am sure a Ford or Chevrolet would work. Chevrolet has a smoking hot military discount including retired military... almost $5k as I recall, but I couldn't find a single truck in Albuquerque that was outfitted the way I wanted it. I only got a $500 discount for the same from Toyota, but their trucks started about $5k below the others as I recall.

Hope this helps.
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Old 04-24-2016, 02:26 PM   #27
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Yes, everyone has an opinion and what works for one may not work for someone else. In the end you will have to decide. I have a new FC 26U and I just pulled it 2500 miles with a 1500 Chevy (5.3 engine-3.42 rear end-no tow package) and no hitch. Things went real well. Before that I pulled a 30' Classic 20,000 miles with this TV with no problems. Yes, I run 55 to 65 miles per hour depending of conditions and go down steam grades at 55 miles per hour or less. The max tow package comes with a real low geared rear end that will cut your gas mileage especially when not towing. I watch my transmission temp on steam grades and only one time did I have to slow down to keep the temp. down.
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Old 04-24-2016, 02:30 PM   #28
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Don't get the "What ifs"

When one starts the "What if? game, where does it stop? My preference is to consider what you know you need, then buy the truck or whatever you think will be adequate for that. The F-150 is a nice rig and will pull that trailer with ease. But what if you get a bigger trailer? What if you decide to pull it up Mt. Denali? What if you have to haul some gold bars? etc., etc., etc.

Now if you just want the 3/4 ton with the DuraMax and are willing to pay the price, that is a different story. Actually I am currently in the throes of truck selection. My 2002 F-250 4x2 with the V10 has done a great job for me for 14 years. It has 103,000 miles on it, has been garaged all the time and looks like a new one. I don't need a new truck, but I sort of want one. My big question is, do I want a 4x4. In the 14 years I have used my present truck, I have had essentially no call for four-wheel drive. What if it snows on us in February on our way to Florida? What if a summer cloud-burst washes out a road in New Mexico? What if I decide to go off road? Will those things happen? Most probably not, so I will take the chance and spend that 4x4 money on something fun.

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