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Old 02-21-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Using a Ford F650

OK Getting a lot of different answers so I will put this out and see what happens. We want to boondock and stay out for weeks at a time. With that I am thinking of building a Ford F650 . Smallest with factory air ride. I will put a Reading enclosed service box on it to store all the extras I "think" I will need. Extra H2o,generator,full solar system(say 4 panels and everything needed to make it work,maybe a washer and some of those portable coolers/freezers that I saw at the RV show. Now this will be a lot of weight so I feel a 650 should handle this and still have power to pull a 31. Everyone is saying I will destroy the trailer with this much truck. Now with air ride and a air ride hitch how much dama ge could I do ?????. I saw somewhere where someone uses his service truck to pull Airstreams to fix without any problems. I am a newbe want to be and can use all the input I can get to do this right the first time. Will be selling everything to make this move. See the world with your house what more can you ask for. Can you get a stornger frame or make it stronger? Hope you all see what I am thinking and anything you can add will be helpful.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:36 PM   #2
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Stand by for lots of "opinions". Personaly to me it seems like over kill.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:51 PM   #3
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Gotta agree with AWChief, seems like overkill. Unless you are planning the rig to be a "bug out" vehicle in a doomsday scenario.

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Old 02-21-2013, 07:40 PM   #4
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I am not technically qualified to answer this. My first reaction is, boo yeah, like to see this bad boy! In truth, I think you may have length issues when trying to fit into campsites, and while I do not understand "air ride" I suspect the strength of the suspension of an F650 may have rivets popping out of your Airstream. Still, sounds intriguing!
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:50 PM   #5
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FINALLY somebody on this forum has some great ideas about a tow vehicle. You are definitely overkill but you wont ever have to wory about being overloaded. Your tow vehicle is not going to change the way your trailer rides down the road. It doesn't care whether you are towing it with a yugo or your F650 there is no way to damage your trailer with what you tow it with.The trailer has its own suspension and is independent of your tow vehicle. " REMEMBER JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN TOW IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN STOP IT OR CONTROL IT" you my friend can do all the above. Kudos to you for your choice of tow vehicles.
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:27 PM   #6
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I'd definitely want an Airsafe hitch with that set up.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:48 PM   #7
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While the trailer wheels have their own suspension, the hitch is responding to the TV's suspension. There are numerous threads on front shell separation due to stiff TV suspension.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:25 PM   #8
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Go for it! And then we can say a beetlebob and his money are soon parted! Buy the truck and all those freezers and generators, hook up the ol' 'Stream and head down the road. Then kiss goodbye to the frame on the Airstream! Go For IT!!!! Over Kill is a drastic and sad overstatement!

Why not mount the airstream on the bed of the truck? At least THAT wouldn't completely destroy it!
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:36 PM   #9
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It's a ridiculous setup.

Rephrase the question to "What tow vehicle, hitch, and Airstream do I need to see the world, and boondock for weeks at a time?"

There are Airstreamers on this forum doing that every day.

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You won't pop any rivets.

I tow with a 1 ton dually with nothing more than the ball. Absolutely no problems for over 15,000 miles now.

Previously had a 3/4 ton SRW with anti sway/weight distributing hitch---contrary to popular opinion, this set up was a much rougher on the trailer with routinely thrown cushions, open cabinet doors, etc.

Load the truck the way it's meant to be loaded and go. You won't need a fancy hitch either.
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You won't pop any rivets.

I tow with a 1 ton dually with nothing more than the ball. Absolutely no problems for over 15,000 miles now.

Previously had a 3/4 ton SRW with anti sway/weight distributing hitch---contrary to popular opinion, this set up was a much rougher on the trailer with routinely thrown cushions, open cabinet doors, etc.

Load the truck the way it's meant to be loaded and go. You won't need a fancy hitch either.
You may be lucky enough to never have to make a quick emergency maneuver at 65 mph.

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You may be lucky enough to never have to make a quick emergency maneuver at 65 mph.

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Go for it, I'd like to see an air ride airstream trailer too!
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:34 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the input. Hope to get more. Never thought of being a doomsday prepper. Not a bad idea if you think about it. The wheel base is the same if not just a bit longer than a XLT 350 with crew cab,so leangth is not a issue. Since it is commercial it is built to last say 500,000 + miles, so should be the last truck I buy before I can not longer drive because I will be say 100 years old. Also it is nice to have the money to spend.What I am wondering is when so many people say they are damaging there trailers with a 3/4 ton truck what are you doing to your trailers???? With air ride and air hitch I think almost no ride from truck should be transfered into the trailer. What say all you out there using a 1 ton to pull. I say use what you have. Pulling is good stopping is better.
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