Originally Posted by Silver Threads
Here is what we ended up getting, it is not brand new but it is nice!!!
I think your new rig should do fine but you likely won't pass many gas stations without visiting
I towed a 1968 Airstream
(28 foot) many thousands of miles with a 1977 F-100 with a 302 and 133" wheel base. It handled perfectly everywhere including down hill hard breaking on a turn (that is the worst case IMO).
It was not overly powerful and struggled starting on uphill grades with the 3-speed stick and 2.72 axle ratio but I averaged 17 mpg towing.
I tow with an 88' Bronco now and a 22 foot trailer (3400 pounds). It is not even close to as good as the F-100 and much more unstable. I would not go anywhere without the load equilizing hitch.
I also use it to tow the Boy Scout troop trailer. It is a single axle Lil' Red made by Southwest and when the scouts load it to 4,000 pounds, it tows horribly on the Bronco.....especially on breaking.
I have to say that the Bronco is far better at towing than my son's 1994 Explorer Limited even though that has the full factory tow package.
The only plus I see with the Bronco is when it comes to parking the trailer. I can put it anywhere with the Bronco due to the tight turning circle.
My Bronco is 5.0 liter with 3.55 gears and a 5-speed stick.