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Old 04-05-2009, 04:55 PM   #1
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I just found the nicest 1998 Excella 30' I am seriously considering. They weigh in at 8,300. I originally wanted a F-150 but not sure it will handle this, though a 2007 Tundra 4x4 says it will handle 10,000. And I like the look of the Tundra, don't want a diesel. Sound good?
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Old 04-05-2009, 06:33 PM   #2
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I just found the nicest 1998 Excella 30' I am seriously considering. They weigh in at 8,300. I originally wanted a F-150 but not sure it will handle this, though a 2007 Tundra 4x4 says it will handle 10,000. And I like the look of the Tundra, don't want a diesel. Sound good?
Airstream trailers "MUST" have a soft ride, or you will beat it to death.

The 4 X 4 while handling the weight, does not have a soft suspension, therefore transfers every bit of road shock to the front of the trailer.

A repair shop, down the road, would give you an estimate of putting the trailer back together again, that will sink your boat.

Soft ride, means soft tow vehicle suspension, AND, torsion bars that have a lighter weight, which offers vertical movement of the coupler, etc.

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Old 04-05-2009, 06:48 PM   #3
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connorsa,

The 4x4 Tundra (07 and later) has about the same ride as the 2WD,
in other words, soft enough for an Airstream. There is a lot of rear suspension
travel and with the right weight distribution bars, plenty of compliance.
Shouldn't be a problem.

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Old 04-06-2009, 08:08 AM   #4
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Thanks for the tips. As I'm open to whatever works best, what exactly would you recommend? I really do not want a diesel. I don't like the sound or the smoke. I would be open to a 2006 - 2007 year for price purposes. The seller of the A/S recommends a 3/4 ton but said a 1 ton would be perfect... thanks for your ideas.
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Airstream trailers "MUST" have a soft ride, or you will beat it to death.

The 4 X 4 while handling the weight, does not have a soft suspension, therefore transfers every bit of road shock to the front of the trailer.

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Hi Andy,

What kind of vehicle has a soft ride? What lingo do I look for that lets me know it will have soft suspension?

Thank you so much.
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:35 PM   #6
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I went from a '99 F-250 4x4 to an '06 GMC 2500 HD 4x4 and the difference in ride is night and day. The GMC IFS makes all the difference and it's a skosh lower so that getting in and out is easy. Right now, it looks like GMC dealers are almost paying customers to get them off the lots.
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The F-150 is just not going to make it with that trailer. I towed a 4,000lb trailer with an F-150 and found that was close to the limit. Look at the F-250 and GMC 2500. Be sure to get the tow package; lower rear end, oil cooler, pre-wired and heavy duty springs.
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I could be wrong but I think being a 4x4 actually reduces the tow capacity. It's also worth noting that 4x4 does not always mean stiffer suspension it means what it says 4 wheel drive, with a Tundra the off-road element is taken care of with the TRD off-road package. Part of the package includes Bilstein shock absorbers. That being said I imagine your probably better off looking at a 3/4 ton. If you're dead set on the Toyota the long bed double cab 5.7 ltr may be the better model for a 30 footer.
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Blanket statements sometimes don't apply.

A good road test will tell how stiff it is.

Our 06 3/4 Auto-ride Burb is the best riding TV I've driven. (and I road test a lot of 'em at work) Just don't get a WT with HD springs, get a driver.

10k on a lot on mtn. back roads and nothin's popped yet.
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Blanket statements sometimes don't apply.

A good road test will tell how stiff it is.

Our 06 3/4 Auto-ride Burb is the best riding TV I've driven. (and I road test a lot of 'em at work) Just don't get a WT with HD springs, get a driver.

10k on a lot on mtn. back roads and nothin's popped yet.
Hi, my Lincoln with rear air suspension rides great with or without my trailer attached. (and I stopped road testing vehicles at the Ford dealer almost two years ago) RETIRED
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The 4 X 4 while handling the weight, does not have a soft suspension, therefore transfers every bit of road shock to the front of the trailer.
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Hi, newer, modern 4X4s ride quite a bit softer than the 4X4s of the past. Most half tons now days you wouldn't know the difference between them. [2X4, 4X4]
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Take a look at the AirSafe hitch, which uses Firestone air bags to insulate the trailer from harsh road shocks that radiate from heavy tow vehicle suspensions.

I've been using one for almost five years now, and what the manufacturer says it does, it does. For about $1000, you can tow your Airstream with a tank and still get soft ride for your baby.

And when you change vehicles, you transfer it like any other hitch. Just pull it out of the 2-inch receiver and plug it into the new one. No need to alter the tow vehicle and put a sissy suspension on it.
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The F-150 is just not going to make it with that trailer. I towed a 4,000lb trailer with an F-150 and found that was close to the limit. Look at the F-250 and GMC 2500. Be sure to get the tow package; lower rear end, oil cooler, pre-wired and heavy duty springs.
I use a 2007 Ford 150 to pull my 25 ft Safari with a Hensely Hitch. Its fine except for the mountain areas in whichthe truck has a bit of an effort to travel up hill. Overall its fine. The hitch will make a great difference but your weight will probably be a problem.
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When you live in Durango, it's almost ALL mountain driving!

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