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Old 08-15-2007, 10:41 PM   #15
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Looks like I may have found a truck for my 07 27FBSE.

Would a Ford 2005 F350 diesel auto, crewcab 4x4 short box with air bags be too much?

Any cons of running a one ton over a 3/4?

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Hi, are you talking about air bags added to the stock springs or an air bag suspension system? It has been stated by some members, that if your truck is too stiff you need to use weaker or lower rated spring bars on your hitch. If you don't load your truck too much, [light load in the bed] I would have one or two of the rear leaf springs removed on each side to soften the ride.
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Old 08-15-2007, 11:13 PM   #16
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Old 08-16-2007, 06:53 AM   #17
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Hi, are you talking about air bags added to the stock springs or an air bag suspension system? It has been stated by some members, that if your truck is too stiff you need to use weaker or lower rated spring bars on your hitch. If you don't load your truck too much, [light load in the bed] I would have one or two of the rear leaf springs removed on each side to soften the ride.
they looked like helper bags, on top of the springs.
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:16 AM   #18
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I selected the solution suggested by DavidZ71 Craig: the Air Safe Air Hitch.

I bought a Class V Air Safe hitch a couple of years ago, and it works as advertised. After connecting my trailer with the air hitch, I can push down on the trailer's A-frame and watch it go up-and-down on the air bag while the truck moves very little. The trailer hitch is now riding on a layer of air instead of directly to the frame of my F250. This insulates my trailer from the harsh suspension of the tow vehicle, allowing the trailer to handle the bumps and grinds of the road without high-shock hindrance from the truck.

It's not a cheap solution, but the rivets and welds will thank you each and every mile. It cost me about $1000 for this fix, but I plan to keep this hitch forever because it can be used on future trailers as well.
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:16 AM   #19
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If the F350 has stiffer springs, it could cause issues down the road with your trailer. What is the towing capacity of the 350, vs. the 250?
BTW, the 250 diesel should be more than capable of towing the 27.
I'm with Terry on this one. a 350 is a great truck, no question, but it's a bit stiff for a 27' Airstream. If you must go with a 350 for that rig, then I would suggest looking at an air hitch setup that softens the blows to the trailer.

If you had a 30' slide or a 34' slide, I'd be less concerned about the 350 (1 ton) since the hitch weights would be large enought that the 350 stiffness might not be an issue. Of course a 3/4 ton in whatever drivetrain config would do anything nearly everything we've talked about.
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:43 AM   #20
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Pardon me for asking, but do you have a need for that much truck, besides pulling your Airstream? If so, I could understand your desire to use a 350 to pull the Airstream, but if not, given the initial cost of the TV, and the price of fuel, why would you want something that much more than what is needed?

If you want to go all the way with the TV, why not go all the way with the TT (get a bigger Airstream)? Both have an associated increase in cost; come on now, wouldn't you like to have a bigger Airstream?
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Old 08-16-2007, 11:03 AM   #21
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Our 2008 F250 has given us perfect service with our 27 FB SE for almost 8000 miles of towing this year. Never a concern about overloading, sway or power. I am not too happy about the harshness of the ride with no load, so going to a F350 would seem like overkill (I am looking to replace the tires with less harsh Michelins). We do carry about 400 pounds of stuff in the back of the truck for our trips and we do have the crew cab.
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Old 08-19-2007, 07:49 PM   #22
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you're evil...haha

we just moved up from a 19' Bambi to the 27.

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Pardon me for asking, but do you have a need for that much truck, besides pulling your Airstream? If so, I could understand your desire to use a 350 to pull the Airstream, but if not, given the initial cost of the TV, and the price of fuel, why would you want something that much more than what is needed?

If you want to go all the way with the TV, why not go all the way with the TT (get a bigger Airstream)? Both have an associated increase in cost; come on now, wouldn't you like to have a bigger Airstream?
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Old 08-19-2007, 08:15 PM   #23
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I had separation issues when I purchased my rig.

Once repaired, I added the ClassV AirSafe hitch along with Centermatic wheel balancers.

I do keep the rear TV tires at around 65lbs.

Put 40,ooo miles in the separation repair without the slightest hint of a occurrence.

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Old 08-19-2007, 09:34 PM   #24
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you're evil...haha

we just moved up from a 19' Bambi to the 27.
Nope, just temping. Somebody's got to do it!!
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