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Old 09-20-2016, 09:19 PM   #15
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I have an Excursion and a highly qualified Ford mechanic. All he does is work on Ford trucks, he has been doing so for 30 years.

He says the Excursion's rear end is the exact same as a F250 with the exception of a softer spring. Everything else is the same. That got me thinking. A pickup has a stiff spring to carry a load. A SUV has a soft spring to carry a person. This must be better for an Airstream, if it is true that a stiff tow vehicle is bad. By virtue of its intended cargo, a SUV would be better than a pickup.
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It's difficult to find an Airstream that actually requires a truck to tow it. That's the proper order in which to sequence the thread topic.

But those who insist on carrying a heavy load in a given TV give themselves to this dilemma.

Not only potential damage to a trailer that, new, is worth far more than the TV, but would otherwise have an indefinite lifespan. Couple that to the statistically poor performance of a pickup in handling, steering and braking and one has rather defeated the (otherwise) one time purchase of an RV, and made every mile of travel more difficult and risk prone.

Better to re-think assumptions about travel in this manner. Band aids aren't the way to go.

Full time with four seasons of gear? That's where a pickup starts to make sense. Not really otherwise.
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My tounge weight is 1150 lbs measured on a scale. When I replace my Ex, it will be with a pickup (because there are no more Ex's or 2500 Burbs). I can't think of any car or moden SUV I'd put that load on. I understand many people think I am wrong, but don't care. It's 3/4 of a ton with trailer tongue, people and gear without even trying. You may not agree with it, but it would be wrong to blame someone for towing with a F250.
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Cars can do it. We were doing it forty and fifty years ago with 1k TW.
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