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Old 03-02-2013, 10:12 PM   #43
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Yes but this under sized vehicle issue still makes the hair on the back of neck stand up.
"Under sized" is subjective, it depends on your needs. As Doug says, choose your Airstream, then the tow vehicle that best suits your own requirements for solo driving and how your towing needs.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:05 AM   #44
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Hey RussH, get all the advice you can as you are doing but one thing not mentioned so far and a factor I had not considered until after we made our purchase are the tires on the tow vehicle. Make sure those tires can handle the extra load, both front and rear as your equalizer hitch will put weight on the front as well as rear. If you order a tow vehicle with a tow package sometimes even the manufacturers don't put the correct tire on it, ie the Ford 150 EcoBoost Platinum with tow package. Again an expensive experience for us.
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Hey RussH, get all the advice you can as you are doing but one thing not mentioned so far and a factor I had not considered until after we made our purchase are the tires on the tow vehicle. Make sure those tires can handle the extra load, both front and rear as your equalizer hitch will put weight on the front as well as rear. If you order a tow vehicle with a tow package sometimes even the manufacturers don't put the correct tire on it, ie the Ford 150 EcoBoost Platinum with tow package. Again an expensive experience for us.
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By the way, what tires did you go to on your Platinum?
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No, but not far away, in New Jersey.
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No, but not far away, in New Jersey.
I did the google and found this.

The only map that came up showed an empty field next to the Airport.

Our selling dealer closed in 2004 so if there's one there it's about time.

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I'm sure on flat terrain a Taurus SHO could tow a 30' AS. But I would like to see how long a vehicle like that would last towing under high outside temps pulling a trailer up a mountain pass.BTW the Ford website states that the 2013 SHO with the 3.5 V6 Ecoboost engine is not rated to tow a trailer.
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I'm sure on flat terrain a Taurus SHO could tow a 30' AS. But I would like to see how long a vehicle like that would last towing under high outside temps pulling a trailer up a mountain pass.BTW the Ford website states that the 2013 SHO with the 3.5 V6 Ecoboost engine is not rated to tow a trailer.
This is not an endorsement, just a question, isn't that the same engine used in the Ecoboost pickup, but in a lighter but stiffer body? Should hold up pretty well.

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BrudeB, a very long and involved story with many calls to Ford, Ford Headquarters et al. But simply, we sold the F150 Platinum to our neighbor for exactly what we paid for it a year earlier and we purchased an F250 Diesel. I've worked with the dealership for years both personal and business and they allowed me to "trade" the truck in to them, they did all the paperwork and sold it to our neighbor for what he and I agreed to plus $250 for all the paperwork and hassle.

The F250 solved the tire issue as well as the payload issue and more than enough to move a 30' AS Flying Cloud anyplace we decide to wander.

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I have a quick question about towing with, lets say, Taurus. If this vehicle is modified for towing and you're in an accident while towing, will your insurance company pay if you are towing something over the manufacturers recommended limit?? Anyone had this experience?
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I have a quick question about towing with, lets say, Taurus. If this vehicle is modified for towing and you're in an accident while towing, will your insurance company pay if you are towing something over the manufacturers recommended limit?? Anyone had this experience?
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I've not heard of anyone having such issues, and I speak as one who uses one of these modified tow vehicles. I feel sure that were there any problems then we'd hear about them.
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The folks recommending these smaller vehicles that may in fact be overloaded in terms of axle ratings, GVW, tire ratings or factory recommended maximum towed vehicle weight will not be in the court room with the driver if there is an accident and the vehicle was overloaded in any manner.

Knowingly being over the limits of the tow vehicle is indefensible and leaves the driver possibly exposed to both civil and criminal charges depending on the case circumstances.

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Tow Ratings Schmo Ratings ! We don't need no ratings ! What do the manufactures Know !

We tow with what we want to tow with !!!!!

After all penny wise pound foolish is our moto, eh.
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Seriously, DO NOT EXCEED the manufactures Tow Rating.

You can add stuff to the TV to give it some help BUT it won't increase the tow rating.

Call your insurance companies claims department and ask them if they will pay a claim if you knowingly exceed the Mfg. tow rating.

Here in the USA we are sue happy.

So use common sense ! Not some opinion from outside the USA !
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