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Old 10-23-2014, 12:05 PM   #15
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As Wayward said, there are fixes to the problems of the 6 liter Ford ... You might try finding a discussion forum for the power stroke diesel ... You will need to get past all the go fast mods and look for the specific issues and the fixes that need to be done on that particular model.

I have been driving a 2006 Dodge Ram/5.9 mega cab since 07 ... Love The power and I love the room inside ... Don't love the stock seats so I swapped those for newer.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:17 PM   #16
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From what I have read, the 6.0l are OK in stock form, but I've never driven one. My folks tow a older 30ft non-airstream "bunkhouse" with an '06 Ford E350 Club Wagon. It only has the 5.4L V8, but its drug that trailer from coast to coast with no trailer related problems. I think its got something like 117,000 miles on it, and runs like a top. Proof gas jobs will work too! If you get the 5.4l though, make sure its relatively new: apparently the originals had this neat feature where the spark plugs would rust into the engine block, requiring an engine swap to get new sparkplugs!
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:47 PM   #17
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I started out towing my 29' Ambassador with a 5.3L Chevy Express van... hated it! Always dropping into lower gear, eating gas like nobody's business. Traded that for a 2004 Dodge RAM 2500 SLT with a 5.9 Cummings diesel. I can barely feel the trailer back there going 70 mph!

From my research, 2004-2007 is a good rev of the truck. Not so old, but before they put a bunch of emissions crap on it. I added a diesel tuner, and a cold-air intake. I could do the exhaust, but I don't want the truck any noisier than it already is. It isn't that bad, but I listen to classical music and have a wife that doesn't hear so good.

A back up camera is also a great add-on, you can hitch up by yourself with it.
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:51 PM   #18
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We tow our 26' Overlander with a 2008 Ford Expedition (with factory towing package) Its been more than capable mountains and all and has the most towing miles on it. We already had this vehicle, so it was great to find that it was fully capable.
We have since acquired a Ford F150 Fx4 Crewcab with heavy duty towing package and turbo chargers on the V6 and its quite perky with no towing issues to speak of yet. Plenty of torque.
We got the pickup to be able to also haul a motorcycle, bicycles etc in the back of the pickup for long hauls when my husband will start missing his bike rides.

The older Airstreams are so light, its hard to not have enough tow power. They were being hauled by family autos, after all. I would tend to also factor in what fits the rest of your lifestyle when you aren't towing.
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Old 10-23-2014, 02:51 PM   #19
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There are a number of factors involved with tow vehicles aside from the ability to tow.
Payload capability of the tow vehicle
Hitch and maximum hitch weight
Braking ability of the tow vehicle with a towed load
Tires and the load capacity of the tires.

To avoid any concerns and have the ability to climb hills, descend hills safety and without a "white knuckle" ride we had an F250 6.7 Diesel and LONG STORY but now have an F350 6.7 Diesel. I personally and this is ME and MY opinion, would not tow anything over 25 feet with anything less than an F250 or similar 3/4 sized Diesel pick up. I know all about CanAm and the others who put vans and other vehicles in front of 30' AS trailers and for them and their customers that is terrific - just not for me.

Good Luck, safe travels. Watch payload and tire load in particular, most dealers have no idea so you need to do your own research on either new or used.
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Old 10-23-2014, 03:15 PM   #20
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Like others who have posted, I tow with an F250 6.7, a 2013. I am very happy with it, towing a 30' International. Previously I towed it with a 2010 Tundra V8, and although I loved driving that truck, while towing it was just a little too short on torque and power for my tastes.
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Old 10-23-2014, 03:40 PM   #21
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I tow my 1978 31' Airstream with my 1999 GMC sierra p/u 1500 most of the time it doesn't feel like anything is back there. Have taken it to Alabama and several short trips around Ontario,,, and this summer I drove to Whitehorse YK never had a bit of problem. A few years ago I met up with an Airstreamer who towed his with a Hyundai Santafe and he said he had no problems towing. Its the trailer brakes that stop the trailer not the tow vehicle. Good luck !
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Old 10-23-2014, 04:12 PM   #22
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Its the trailer brakes that stop the trailer not the tow vehicle.

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Old 10-23-2014, 05:53 PM   #23
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We are in the process of purchasing a 1999 F250 with a 7.3.
The 6.0L were produced by Navistar and it was a disaster. Ford and Navistar ended up in court because Ford started designing their own engines. I found a 1999 7.3L Powerstroke with 130,000 miles on it. Ford quit using these engines as they would not meet the emission standards coming in about 2002.
My wife asked me, "I guess we are buying an engine with a truck around it?" I told her that is exactly what we are doing.
If you want a modern engine, look for one with a common rail fuel system. All older diesels have a mechanical fuel system. The pump delivers fuel to each injector separately. In the new engine the fuel is supplied at a very high pressure to a common "tube" which feeds each injector and is metered into the cylinder over the burn cycle. This means the engines run much smoother. There is on one explosion that provides the power in older engines in the newer engines there is a small starter explosion and fuel is added in micro seconds to continue the power cycle.
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Old 10-23-2014, 06:19 PM   #24
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Today I traded my F150 for F250 super duty 6.7 turbo diesel not enough payload even with the added airbags
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:01 AM   #25
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I had my eye on a 2004 Ford F-250 with a 6L diesel motor...
PASS! We traded ours in on a new Ram a few weeks ago. We owned it for 3 years, and spent over $3K annually to keep the damn thing on the road. I know there are lovers of that engine, but I'm not one of them. (To be fair, not all of the $3K each year was due to the diesel - it included things like new tires, new fuel pump, four wheel drive work, etc., but we did spend several grand on the engine alone, and more was looming.)

Actually, if it has been Bulletproofed, it's apparently a great engine that'll run forever. Bulletproofing is several grand, though. We were sick of dumping money into ours.

(If you think I hate Ford, nope - I still own and love a '99 Mercury Cougar that I bought brand new in 1999.)
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Old 10-24-2014, 08:37 AM   #26
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(If you think I hate Ford, nope - I still own and love a '99 Mercury Cougar that I bought brand new in 1999.)
I looked into all these motors a few years ago when shopping for a new 3/4 ton to replace my Chevy diesel.

It was a set of insane EPA diesel regulations that were behind a series of mistimings that hit Ford trying to introduce an in-house diesel.

Had the EPA given US manufacturers just a year or two to get the latest technology into manufacturing , Ford could have avoided the rube goldberg stuff they had to put on the 6.0

Ford has it right now but still way too much EPA junk on these diesels.

(just my 2 cents )
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I owned a 2005 F250 6.0 diesel, the first 45K miles was without any problems, but after that I started having engine problems. Had to replace EGR valve 3 times, inter cooler turban radiator, and other problems. If you go on the Power Stroke forum and search info on the 6.0 engine you can read about all the problems folks have had with it. I traded for a GMC Diesel and am very happy with it. I hear the new 6.7 Ford is doing well and everyone I know who owns one loves it.


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Old 10-24-2014, 02:06 PM   #28
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See all those newer Tag Axle Diesel Motorhomes. It's not ego or looks its the wonderful EPA. Last year or the year before their new (dumb in my opinion) regulations added over 1,000 pounds to the rear of the diesel pushers. So, add another axle to the big boys to cover that weight and not lose any carrying capacity. IE Newmar Dutch Star, was only single axle, now gone and or going Tag. Happening to Pick ups in not too distant future I'll bet.
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