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Old 04-03-2013, 12:02 PM   #155
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Ordered the B-D unit. Can't hurt and may help the less than precise steering.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:19 PM   #156
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Ordered the B-D unit. Can't hurt and may help the less than precise steering.
Yea, no matter what you do, the 4X4 Ram 2500 is not going to steer like a rack and pinion sports car, but it does help, and every little bit does help.

I suggest you get some help to install. It's not difficult, or especially technical, but the anti-sway bar is heavy, and must be swung loose to install the brace. I did it by myself, but it was harder than it needed to be, and I had to use a floor jack.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:43 PM   #157
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Bilstein 5100 shocks are a huge improvement over oem shocks.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:18 AM   #158
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When the front coil springs and OEM shocks were removed, the air bag was installed where the coil spring/shock assembly was originally located on each side and a Rancho RS999113 tunable shock was installed parallel to the air bag. That helped the steering and ride at that time. The rear OEM shocks were kept and used along with the rear airbags.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:12 AM   #159
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Well, I haved towed my 83 Soverign (31 feet) 26K miles and my 24 Argosy (78) for 6K miles with a 2007 Ford F150 Crewcab with a trailer package and a 5.4.

I have had zero problems and have done the far out West twice, up the East Coast twice and many shorter runs. I run synthetic transmission fluid and Mobile 1 for the engine and also upgraded the tires to LTX Michelins. I usually have at least a 150 lbs. in the bed.

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My 2010 F150 54 Supercrew pulled my 28ft International CCD but you could tell it was not designed to do it. It was maxed out All the way around.I never felt comfortable towing my Airstream with it.So I traded it in .
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Yea, no matter what you do, the 4X4 Ram 2500 is not going to steer like a rack and pinion sports car, but it does help, and every little bit does help.


The 2WD 2500 and 3500 Dodge is both IFS plus rack & pinion. It is sports car-like compared to a live axle /recirc ball 4WD. And will turn inside the 4WD as well. Which was high on the list when I bought mine.

Back to the subject, for any tow vehicle, the rating which matters is FAWR & RAWR. Tires at least as highly rated as the OEM spec. GVWR, tow ratings and the rest are pretty well subjective. A 1/2T will pull any A/S ever made.

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Old 05-02-2013, 03:24 PM   #162
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Pulling with a 1/2ton is completely doable while staying within all the manufacturers specs, if the 1/2 ton has the right options.

I tow our 30' Safari (8800 lbs GVWR) with a 2012 F150 SC 4x4 with Max Tow and HD Payload (as called in Canada). Payload capacity of 2150 lbs as printed on the sticker on the door jam.

The Ecoboost engine provides excellent power and torque. The torque is all available at very low RPM (2500) which is excellent for pulling. Following the Ford guidelines for towing capacity, the truck is rated to pull 8900 lbs when loaded to maximum payload capacity.

With the capacity of the truck I can pull the trailer plus ProPride hitch, family of 4, some gear in the back, canoes on the top and still have room for a guest.

The real test will be the planned trip next summer out west...
Is your F-150 the 3.5 liter turbo engine? If so, how does it handle going up steep grades?
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I tow with a Tundra, referred to someone on another thread as a "low rider guppy gasping for air". I am of the firm opinion that any full size 1/2 ton truck will tow any Airstream trailer easily and safely. Period. I have a Classic 30. I looked at a 34' Excella before I bought this trailer. I would have pulled it with the Tundra.
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Pulling with a 1/2 T

I have a 27' FB Classic, gross weight 9,000 lbs, although I have never pulled it that loaded. I am usually around 8,000 lbs. I pulled it the first time with a 2009 Ford 1/2 T with a 5.4L engine. I traded that in on a 2011 Ford Ecoboost. There is a world of difference in the pulling of those two engines. The 5.4 would pull up any incline but you knew it was really working and I would be down to 35-40 MPH on some steep grades. Not so with the Ecoboost. I tried numerous steep grades in Colorado and did not find one I could not accelerate on and the engine never felt like it was working hard.
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I have a 27' FB Classic, gross weight 9,000 lbs, although I have never pulled it that loaded. I am usually around 8,000 lbs. I pulled it the first time with a 2009 Ford 1/2 T with a 5.4L engine. I traded that in on a 2011 Ford Ecoboost. There is a world of difference in the pulling of those two engines. The 5.4 would pull up any incline but you knew it was really working and I would be down to 35-40 MPH on some steep grades. Not so with the Ecoboost. I tried numerous steep grades in Colorado and did not find one I could not accelerate on and the engine never felt like it was working hard.
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Transmission gears and rear end gears come into play, also. I have a friend who tows a fifth wheel with an Eco-Boost.
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:13 PM   #166
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Has your friend with the fifth wheel weighed his rig at a Cat scale? He is probably way over the rear axle weight rating for his truck.

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Like Airstreams, fifth wheel trailers come in different sizes, and they do make them sized appropriately for 1/2 ton trucks.

Personally, I have but one concern about the EcoBoost engine, if they are so powerful AND durable, why doesn't Ford put them in the F250?
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Has your friend with the fifth wheel weighed his rig at a Cat scale? He is probably way over the rear axle weight rating for his truck.

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I didn't say I agreed with him or thought it was a good idea, just that he does it. He towed with a F250 diesel before.
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