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Old 03-23-2007, 10:05 AM   #15
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I agree, a small block for a 34' loaded is gonna be at or beyond what a 350 should do. I agree with what I've read so far here. I would look at a 7.4L or 8.1L and if you can swing it, a Duramax.

I have a 6.0L w/4.10s and I can tell you that as great as this combo is, the 6.0L could struggle in mountains with the load you are talking about, and my 5.7L would surely struggle sooner than my 6.0L.
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Old 03-29-2007, 06:52 AM   #16
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I tow a 2004 34 foot with a slideout. I have previously towed it with a 2004 Ford F-350, 4 door 4x4. That truck did a fine job. I just made my first trip with my 2008 Ford F-350, 4 door 4x4 with the new 6.4. There is a huge difference with the new 6.4. Go drive one and see for yourself. I am sold on the combination.
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:11 PM   #17
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Welcome to the forum

As the proud 'papa' of a 1990 34' Excella 1000 I have your answer . Of course you've recieved about 20 other right answers thus far.

We have a 2005 F-350 6.0 liter diesel which pulls our trailer very nicely. I get 21 MPG on the hgwy when not towing and 14 on the hgwy towing the Airstream. Of course we added the Banks Power system which was well worth the investment. It has given us an additional 3-4 MPG in fuel economy.

As for price...just shop around. The sticker on this truck (I bought it brand new) was about $52k. Since it was a 'demo' with 2500 miles I was able to talk them down to $38k.

By the way this is the fully loaded truck with the tow command package, 4 wheel drive and Lariat interior package. I now am able to 'out accelerate' my friend that tows a much lighter trailer with his gas engine. Diesel all the way!
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Old 04-19-2007, 10:32 AM   #18
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Diesel vs. gas engine.I currently have a 95 dodge 2500 w/5.9-360 gas with factory tow pac,and class 5 recv.I've been a truck driver apx. 24 years,and was an owner operator the last four.To me a diesel would have to be the dodge with the CUMMINGS.Reason:Cummings has made diesels forever in semi's,many over a million miles on 'em.I however prefer a gas motor simply because it's quieter,cheaper to work on,etc...
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Old 04-19-2007, 10:57 AM   #19
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....Cont....A gas engine has less pulling power than the diesel,but is still decent.The main difference between g or d is dead stop take off,m.p.g a little better with the diesel,and pulling hills,where a diesel will perform better.Back in the old days 90% of the class a and c motorhomes ran gas engines in them.As for me,I'll keep my gas engine.The last thing I want to hear when I get off work is a diesel .You can upgrade both engines with tons of after market parts to make them perform even better.
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Old 04-19-2007, 04:07 PM   #20
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Old 04-19-2007, 07:06 PM   #21
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Banks Question

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We have a 2005 F-350 6.0 liter diesel which pulls our trailer very nicely. I get 21 MPG on the hgwy when not towing and 14 on the hgwy towing the Airstream. Of course we added the Banks Power system which was well worth the investment. It has given us an additional 3-4 MPG in fuel economy.
Hey Swanny,

How much did the Banks system cost and did you wait till the standard warranty expired? If not, does it affect the warranty from Ford?

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Old 04-21-2007, 11:05 AM   #22
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Hey Swanny,

How much did the Banks system cost and did you wait till the standard warranty expired? If not, does it affect the warranty from Ford?

John
I guess it depends on who you talk to. When I talked to the Banks rep he stated that they install these systems on all major brands and that it doesn't void the warranty.

I could never get a straight answer from Ford on this.

As for the cost of the system it was around $2k and it cost me $300 to have it installed. Definitely pay someone to do this since it requires drilling of the intake manifold near the turbo charger.

On the Banks website they advertise what horsepower and torque impact this has but I really suspected they were exagerating. Well I was wrong...WOW!

Crazy as it sound this 1 ton truck is very quick and I'm still getting between 21-22 MPG on the hwy when I'm not towing. Here's the package I bought.

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Old 04-21-2007, 02:50 PM   #23
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Very much appreciated

Thanks Swanny!! maybe the tip will also help with 34' owners who need more omph.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:16 PM   #24
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I am new to the Air Stream Family now this is what I need help with a few questions and fast .

First I just purchased a brand new Ford F150 2010 WITH 2,000 MILES ON IT. It is A CREW CAB WITH A 5.4 ENG V8 WITH THE COMPLETE TOW PACKAGE TRANS COOLER ETC ELECTRIC BRAKES ETC .
I PURCHASED IT SO AS TO BE ABLE TO TOW A AIR STREAM TRAILER WHEN FOUND .


Well I have a 34 ft I am interested in , IT IS A 1999 and it is very nice the asking price of $16,000 is that a good price or am I getting riped off,,what about resale if needed ?
I was told with a full load it would have a weight around 10,000lbs , but I do not want to hurt my new truck?.and do not want to go purchase another one .

I went to my Ford Dealer and he "thinks" the F150 Should BE ABLE TO HANDLE IT with the tow package and all it has the rear end in the truck which Ford has 4 or so for the F-150 I have the one that is in the middle not the smallest or the largest .

I also went to a local utility trailer dealer and asked the same question and he said ---no way are you nuts you need a F 250 or more ?

So in saying that I need some help deciding what to do. Or just move on and look for something a little smaller.
I Need help fast .
Thanks All George

Also the asking price for the air stream 34 ft he is asking $16,000 is that to much
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:45 PM   #25
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I pulled a 1985 34' Excella with a 2004 Dodge 1500 with the 5.7 Hemi. for several years. The triple axle pulls nice. The Dodge only had a 4 speed trans. It pulled great on the flat and most short hills. If I got into a pretty good mountain, I would end up in 2nd gear, but always made it up the mountain-just not very fast. A different Trans. would make a difference.

I paid 10K for the 85. Used it for several years and sold it for 10K. If everything works in the one you are looking at, I don't think 16K is out of reason. Make sure both heaters are working. There is one for the front and one for the back.
You will like the way the triple axle pulls. A lot smoother than a 2 axle.
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[QUOTE=Gosman;1026781]

I also went to a local utility trailer dealer and asked the same question and he said ---no way are you nuts you need a F 250 or more ?

/QUOTE]

I am with the trailer dealer, no way should you pull a 34' with an F150, look for something lighter, many on the forum consider no more than 7000# for a 1/2 ton. The new transmissions in the F150 did make a difference, and the truck is very nice. One note, look carefully at the payload capacity, that is sometimes the weak point, not the towing capacity.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:05 PM   #27
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Not "every" Cummins is so fantastic. The 5.9's were crap at 185 hp and lots of problems. My V-10 is rated at 365 hp and can eat a 5.9 towing twice as much. Everything is relative and you can quote brand name crapola till the cows come home. If you really look at the last 5-6 years, the Chevy Dura-Max and Allison tranny has the best engine/tranny rating of all the "big 3", BUT, the Chevy has some real cab issues and their frame and front end sucks. The new, 2011 Ford enigine, so far, has shown alot of promise and the 6 speed Ford TorqueShift tranny is stronger than the Allison. The Dodge trannys have never held up and are crap according to my astute mechanics. So go find one you like and hope it holds up.

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