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Old 07-14-2010, 09:25 PM   #1
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Towing a 34ft airstream

Hello to everyone here on the forum.

im sure this question has been asked many times before and i apologize for not finding the answer.

we sold our '66 tradewind last winter and now we are trying to find a 34ft camper. either excella or sovereign with the rear queen bed.

my question: will it be a problem to tow a 3 axle airstream with my truck ? i drive a 2004 F250 with the 6.0 diesel. 4 door and shortbed.71k mls, 2wd.
i'm concerned of not having enough truck / wheelbase to pull this trailer.(sway of trailer on interstate?)
what is your experience? and are their any upgrades necessary to my truck ?
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:01 PM   #2
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submariner,
Welcome to the forums.
What is the tow capacity of your F250?
It should be more than enough and the wheelbase is fine.
Our 34' is about 7000# dry and it sounds like you are looking for something in the same weight range. We have found the 34 tows and tracks exceptionally well and I enjoy towing it--very stable.
Proper weight distribution set up is a must though. Many threads on the forum addressing what you will need there.
Good luck and let us know what you end up with.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:23 PM   #3
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We tow with an Excursion V-10 4x4 and use "E" rated tires at 75 lbs. front and 80 lbs. rear. Out west I have had no problems but E rated tires are a must. Your wheel base should be close to mine. Also with 6 tires on the road it tracks very well at 60 mph and I get 11 mpg. Good luck to you.
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:50 PM   #4
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It shouldn't be any problem. I tow ours with a 2009 F150 5.4L gas.
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:14 PM   #5
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Hello to everyone here on the forum.

im sure this question has been asked many times before and i apologize for not finding the answer.

we sold our '66 tradewind last winter and now we are trying to find a 34ft camper. either excella or sovereign with the rear queen bed.

my question: will it be a problem to tow a 3 axle airstream with my truck ? i drive a 2004 F250 with the 6.0 diesel. 4 door and shortbed.71k mls, 2wd.
i'm concerned of not having enough truck / wheelbase to pull this trailer.(sway of trailer on interstate?)
what is your experience? and are their any upgrades necessary to my truck ?
Good to see another Squid on the Forums. You'll have no problem towing with your truck at all. I owned a 2003 Excursion with the 6.0L PSD and never ceased to be amazed at the pulling power of that truck. Your wheelbase is also excellent. You'll still need a good weight distribution/anti-sway hitch. If you have the money go for a Hensley, if you don't have the big bucks go for the Equal-i-zer or Reese Dual Cam.
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:44 PM   #6
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...my question: will it be a problem to tow a 3 axle airstream with my truck ? i drive a 2004 F250 with the 6.0 diesel. 4 door and shortbed.71k mls, 2wd.
i'm concerned of not having enough truck / wheelbase to pull this trailer.(sway of trailer on interstate?)
what is your experience? and are their any upgrades necessary to my truck ?
Hello from central Mississippi and welcome to the forums!
We tow our 34' with a 2006 std bed 4 door Dodge diesel, 2wd...no problem. You will need some pretty good weight distribution equipment and the best $9 + you can spend is a trip to the scales.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...-in-17984.html
If you can spring for a Hensley hitch or a ProPride, it makes for a very sweet towing combo.
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:36 PM   #7
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Diesel F-250's do a fine job of pulling 34' Excella's.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:01 PM   #8
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You have plenty of truck. As mentioned before, spend a little time setting up your hitch of choice and some windshield time in the slow lane getting familiar with your new rig. And, enjoy the extra indoor space.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:35 PM   #9
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Your truck is more than adequate. You will also enjoy the layout of the 34 as well as the ease in towing. I think most of the caveats on 34s are from people who have never owned one. I think an anti sway hitch like a Hensely is a must.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:57 PM   #10
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I have no experience with towing a 34 but I have towed other size trailers and find that a dually is hard to beat for towing anything. There is very little sway and not much bothers the truck with 4 tires on the rear axle. You never feel like your trailer is pushing you around.
I have towed with non dual wheel vehicles and there is a world of difference between the two.
Just try one and see for yourself.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:50 PM   #11
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As others have said, you will be fine.
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Old 07-16-2010, 07:08 PM   #12
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thanks guys for all those quick replies. looks like i should be ok.
now the only problem i have is still trying to find a 34ft airstream in the right price. i can tell you guys, i sure miss my last airstream
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:56 AM   #13
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I just saw a 1990 posted at Top of Georgia. The price looked good as well. PM me if you want more info.
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:14 PM   #14
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I don't think you will have any problems towing with the TV you spec'ed. The triples sway very little (for me, never the first indication in 41000 miles) always rock steady even in very windy conditions. I use an old reese hitch with friction sway controls and have never felt unstable or in need of a $2500 hitch for the rig.
Whats important to me is to adjust the tongue weight and weight distribution per the instructions.
Check your trucks factory hitch for suitability for a 1000 lb tongue weight and 10000 load and upgrade that if needed.
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