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Old 03-21-2014, 02:10 PM   #1
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Towing a 34ft with an F-150

I would like to hear from people who have been towing a 34ft Airstream with an F-150. I am thinking about an F-150 4x4 with EcoBoost V6, 373 rear end, heavy tow package, four door, 6ft box.

I am less interested in MPG than I am in stability and braking. Also I do not need to be the first up the hill, although I do want to get up the hill.

I do also do not need speculative input from those who cannot share comments based on actual experience with this rig.

Looking forward to some insight on this combo.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:42 PM   #2
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Hi Ron.

What do you tow your 34-footer with now?
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:07 PM   #3
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How old is the 34'? Age affects weight, to a considerable margin.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:12 PM   #4
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I am towing a 1994 34ft Limited with a 1998 E350 V10.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:15 PM   #5
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I have that exact truck, love it. Tow a 25' Classic and plan to to my new 30' Classic. Tows great, 13.5 MPG towing 19.5 MPG when not towing. Truck is rated to tow 11,300 pounds.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:20 PM   #6
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forgot to mention I did add rear airbags
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You will be sorry with ecoboost.

My opinion is that Ford has over-advertised the power of the ecoboost. It makes more power than a non-boosted six cylinder, but it ain't no v10.

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Old 03-21-2014, 09:30 PM   #8
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You didn't mention if you have experience with an ecoboost. It will easily handle his trailer. I know I have one.
You're right that it isn't a v10. The v10 is about 20 year old technology.
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You will be sorry with ecoboost.

My opinion is that Ford has over-advertised the power of the ecoboost. It makes more power than a non-boosted six cylinder, but it ain't no v10.

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Ford says 365 hp over the 235 hp 1998 V10, and 420 fit lbs at 2500 over 335 ft lbs at 3000 for the V10. Seems like it is more than that particular V10.
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:51 PM   #10
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Not only that the ecoboost develops it's torque at very low rpms. My trailer weighs about 8000 lbs and even towing in Kentucky, North and South Carolina and such I rarely need to use towhaul mode. Usually does the job in 5th and 6th gear sometimes dropping down to fourth. 5 and 6 are both overdrive.
I am very pleased with how it works. When i had a 5.4 liter 8 it would be in second at about 3000rpm and losing speed on hills.
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I am not picking a fight here.

I am glad you both like your trucks.

My experience is this: A friend has show cars, Shelby Mustangs to be exact.

He was tired of driving a 3/4 ton pickup and decided try the F-150 Ecoboost.

His nomal load is one car in a short enclosed car trailer. Granted, he is near the "rated" max towing of 11K pounds.

Two trips and he is back to towing with his 2004 3/4 ton GMC.

The Ford is a nice truck, but a turbo charger does not a V8 make.

But advertising tries.



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I have an Ecoboost Flex and a small trailer, so please keep that in mind.

The power is very impressive, I own 3 v8 cars and 3 v6 cars, the Flex has the most horse power and torque, and has the best 50-90mph acceleration (don't ask where in Ontario I was going 90mph and don't tell my wife!). The Flex is faster, smoother and pulls harder than my V8 Toyota.

But the turbos don't make a F150 in to a one tone dually. The F150 Ecoboost will be fine for Horsepower and Torque, payoad and rated towing capacity will be the limiting factors if that's important to you.
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I have 1981 Avion 34V which is very similar to Airstream 34ft. I tow with 2012 F-150 Lariat 4x4 with Max Tow Package. I have Reese Dual Cam hitch. Absolutely no problems towing. I went camping through NC Mountains and made up and down the hills fine. Just don't expect great gas mileage. ~10MPG when towing. I use the truck for daily driving and I love it. Didn't want to get something larger since I only camp 2 x year.

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