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Old 07-04-2013, 04:57 PM   #183
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Hi all...I started with a 2005 Tundra Double Cab with the 4.7 engine, I was pulling our 2010, 20' SilverSpud. This setup worked fine at moderate grades and lower elevations but when driving the Sierra's or Rockies at 4,000' and above, it felt like I was beating the truck to death. Dropping down a gear or two I don't mind but thrashing the engine to pull 35 or 40 mph on a grade doesn't quite work for me.
Now, I'm not saying the Tundra is a bad TV. On the contrary.... It's a great truck, but it just doesn't have the grunt that's needed for long grades at high elevation. Needless to say, I switched to a 2012 Super Duty 6.7 Diesel. Some could say that I'm way over powered for our little Spud but I'm in the school of, " Better to have more, than not enough". It's nice to pull a grade at 55 or 60 mph and not have to think about it, kind of comforting.

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Old 07-04-2013, 05:16 PM   #184
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I tow a 25ft 2007 Safari with my GMC Sierra 1500. Everything seems great.

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Old 07-04-2013, 06:07 PM   #185
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We tow with a 2010 F150 crew cab with tow package and an Equal-i-Zer brand hitch. No matter how we adjust the hitch, the rear of the truck is too low (see picture).

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We are towing a 25-footer (2006 FB SE) and thought the F150 would have no problems, so there must something we're doing wrong distributing the tongue weight. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:15 PM   #186
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Our '07 Ford Freestar and '74 31' Sovereign parked in the Terraport at Jackson Centre, Ohio (AKA "The Mother Ship").



We were getting the WH we bought on sale in Orlando installed.

Another Can-Am set-up. This was on the way home of a 4,000 mile trip in which the only mishap was that the original WH sprang a leak while we were parked on the Beach in the Santa Rosa Sound.

Thankfully, the park we stayed in had hot showers.

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Old 07-04-2013, 07:21 PM   #187
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Our '07 Ford Freestar and '74 31' Sovereign parked in the Terraport at Jackson Centre, Ohio (AKA "The Mother Ship").

We were getting the WH we bought on sale in Orlando installed.

Another Can-Am set-up. This was on the way home of a 4,000 mile trip in which the only mishap was that the original WH sprang a leak while we were parked on the Beach in the Santa Rosa Sound.

Thankfully, the park we stayed in had hot showers.
Your Sovereign looks so good! Please oh please let my Sovereign look like that one day!
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:34 PM   #188
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I, too, tow with a Tundra (see avatar). I don't see any weight distribution or sway control on your setup.
They're not in place. We live right around the corner... I didn't put them on for the ride over for the picture
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:23 PM   #189
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Some could say that I'm way over powered for our little Spud but I'm in the school of, " Better to have more, than not enough". It's nice to pull a grade at 55 or 60 mph and not have to think about it, kind of comforting.

Ken and the SilverSpud
On our last trip this last weekend, we were making very similar comments. We moved from a minivan to an F150 Ecoboost. Considerable jump in HP and Torque.

Yes we could move along in traffic with the minivan - and I don't really drive any faster with the Ecoboost. But to effortlessly climb hills or to be able to smoothly accelerate into the passing lane to let traffic merge makes for far less stressful driving.

And for me on a long trip - it's all about reducing stress.

Maybe a Superduty diesel is in our future?
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:37 AM   #190
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We tow with a 2010 F150 crew cab with tow package and an Equal-i-Zer brand hitch. No matter how we adjust the hitch, the rear of the truck is too low (see picture).

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We are towing a 25-footer (2006 FB SE) and thought the F150 would have no problems, so there must something we're doing wrong distributing the tongue weight. Any suggestions?

Do you have Cat scale tickets?
You need baseline weights to get the rig set-up properly.

Try adding more weight transfer to get the rear of the truck where it belongs.
What weight WD bars are you using?

Hard to tell from the photo, but the trailer looks pretty level. You may just need a longer drop stinger with more WD,(weight transfer).

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Old 07-17-2013, 11:23 PM   #191
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We currently tow the Cloud with a 1992 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser.
Before that it was a 1958 Cadillac.
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I love the way the Oldsmobile tows the Flying Cloud but am changing the factory "tow package" posi track 3.23:1 gears to a 3.73:1. I think it will be a good modification for towing in the mountains.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:36 PM   #192
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Here is another picture from the VAC section of the Huron International this year.

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Old 07-17-2013, 11:52 PM   #193
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2013 27 FB towed by a 2003 Ford Expedition 5.4 liter V8. Note how the rear squats under the load. I took it up to Lake Tahoe day of this photo. Above 6,000' it barely held 40 mph up the grades floored. Drives fine otherwise.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:14 AM   #194
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Rollster, Firestone air springs (air bags) would pick up the back end of your truck and also make for a smother more comfortable ride.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:28 AM   #195
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.......... and also make for a smother more comfortable ride.
That is certainly not my experience, they lift your rear and that's about it.

Just make sure it's set-up properly,

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Old 07-19-2013, 11:04 AM   #196
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2013 27 FB towed by a 2003 Ford Expedition 5.4 liter V8. Note how the rear squats under the load. I took it up to Lake Tahoe day of this photo. Above 6,000' it barely held 40 mph up the grades floored. Drives fine otherwise.
That's not bad for the weight. Your Ex has 260HP / 350TQ and is handling about 15,000lbs.

Our mid sized 3.5L car has 260HP / 260TQ and road ready it is only 9,000lbs in total.
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