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Old 02-25-2008, 10:17 PM   #57
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A few F-150 upgrades

I pulled my 28' AS with my 05 F150 5.4l with tow package. I installed a tran temp gauge just to be sure. I would put take it out of OD when it started to hunt gears. Otherwise it pulled effortlessly at 65+ up and down hills. The temp gauge never got into the yellow range. The F150 has the same trans as the F250 - bullet-proof.

Also, as a general rule I ALWAYS upgrade my intake and exhaust on all my vehicles. Put a K&N cold air intake and a cat-back free flow exhaust and you will improve 2 mpg and increase your useable power alot. Your engine will be breathing easier and run cooler. Sounds more mellow also.

The other improvement is expensive but incredible. You can easily put a Roush Ford Factory supercharger on 04 and newer 5.4l F150s. I put one on my brothers F-150. It was a direct fit and added 100HP and a ton of torque. He now pulls a Toybox trailer loaded with quad vehicles in the mountains around Seattle.

Also, it is inexpensive to add spring helper bags on the rear leaf springs to allow you to exactly level the load. Equalizer hitch almost makes this unnecessary.

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Old 04-30-2008, 10:05 AM   #58
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Smile 1995 ford f-150 eddie bower 4x4

Hi i am looking for a airstream travel trailer that tows best with a 1995 ford F-150 eddie bower 4x4 automatic 5.0 302 EFI paxton supercharger,with a quad shock system bilsten shocks, firestone ride right system, dynomax exhaust system, michelin tires, what size is best i am thinking of something in the 70-80 for the year of airstream. undecide on model or length? I am think of partime living in it with my wife were both 5'10 and a australian cattle dog 42 pounds. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-01-2008, 06:14 AM   #59
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F 150 as tow vehicle

We are using the F 150 as an undersized tow vehicle for an "occasional towing" application.

The airstream is a 2005 31' Classic.

The tow vehicle is a 2007 F 150 5.4L 4 x 4 with tow package and extended bed. Tow rating is 9400 pounds.

My back of the envelope calculation is that we are towing at 85% of the vehicle rating. To date the only trips have been around the farm using a ball and this summer we plan on installing the weight distribution /anti sway hitch and Prodigy.

Logic was that we did not intend to do much towing with this setup over the next three years and we could always upgrade the tow vehicle in the event we wanted more of a travel capability.


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Old 05-01-2008, 07:44 AM   #60
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Our 04 28 safari has a dry weight of 5700lbs. Now I know why we can drag that sucker from one end this great country to another-- twice and no issues. The new 150 series set up properly will shock buyers how wonderful they tow. The changes in frame, cooling and suspension not to mention power is the reason it has to be the best value for our hobby. The ford dealer mentioned even 2006 models are not the same. Add the ability to burn e85 with the 5.4 and really, it should be on the short list for those looking at a new tow vehicle.
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:11 PM   #61
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Hi i am looking for a airstream travel trailer that tows best with a 1995 ford F-150 eddie bower 4x4 automatic 5.0 302 EFI paxton supercharger,with a quad shock system bilsten shocks, firestone ride right system, dynomax exhaust system, michelin tires, what size is best i am thinking of something in the 70-80 for the year of airstream. undecide on model or length? I am think of partime living in it with my wife were both 5'10 and a australian cattle dog 42 pounds. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Welcome to airforums.com, handymanwaynef!

If you have read much on the forum, you may have already noticed that which tow vehicle can tow which trailer is a popular subject. So popular in fact, that one finds a lot of posts that completley disagree with each other on what makes a good match.

I will suggest to you that with the F150 you have, you could pull any trailer that Airstream made in the time period you are looking at. If you look at the trailer weights page, you will find that the 1970s Airstream were generally lighter than the 1980 models, but for the most part, only the 34' models were a -lot- more.

You will find though, that it is important that the hitch set-up is appropriate to your trailer and tow vehicle, and that it is vitally important that it is well set up.

In your place, I would concentrate more on what size and style or trailer you want for your projected use, since in my humble opinion, you have enough tow vehicle to not have to worry about that aspect.
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:15 PM   #62
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All of these are helpful for me, since I have neither the TV or the AS yet but plan to get both this year (the year of my retirement). My plan right now is to ge an AS Bambi. Is the difference between the Safari, International, and Flying Cloud simply the trim/decor? I'll be living in the trailer full time for a year. I don't think I want a "sport" because they seem to have a bed I'd have to fold out nightly. Thus I want the dinette and bed already separate. I don't think I can handle anything larger than 19'. Any suggestions beyond the Bambi? (I will be on my own).
As for the truck: I've been thinking about the F150, perhaps a 2006 or newer. I notice that the 2009s seem to make a big jump in the GVWR. However buying even a used airstrem and a brand new truck may be a bigger chunk of my cash than I might want. Thus I'm thinking of buying the truck now, making payments. But I don't know what to shop for. Is the F150 with a larger engine the way to go, or do you have other vehicles that are good towers for a 19' to suggest I look at. If so, I'd appreciate knowing about them. I'm not dead-set on a Ford; it's just that with the GM and Chrysler products, I don't know about the next 5 years and those companies. (Right now I drive a 92 Toyota Tercel, so I'm used to small cars). The Ford site has such good comparison videos, though, that the Ford is what I'm thinking about. I'm wide open for your valuable suggestions, though. As I say, it'll just be me, and if I do any boondocking it won't be too rough, so I don't think I need things that will get me up unpaved mountain roads or snow-covered ski-slopes. Thanks for this good forum.
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