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Old 06-23-2023, 06:17 AM   #21
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I95 northern Maine is posted 70 MPH. 80 doesn’t keep up with the traffic. Just tried it to see if the f150 could do it. And it did. No side wind however and I would not recommend it. We had spent 3 hours re-installing the hitch our Airstream incorrectly installed.
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Old 06-23-2023, 06:44 AM   #22
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I fully agree with other posters advice for a bigger truck with more towing power and a higher GCWR. An F-150 is really not adequate for towing a 30' airstream trailer.
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Old 06-23-2023, 06:49 AM   #23
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I fully agree with other posters advice for a bigger truck with more towing power and a higher GCWR. An F-150 is really not adequate for towing a 30' airstream trailer.
Sure it is....if spec'd right.

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Old 06-23-2023, 07:01 AM   #24
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Our Experience.

We have a 2019 Flying Cloud 27 foot.
We had a 2021 Ford F150 Ecoboost-same as yours.
Equalizer hitch.
Experienced drivers towing with lots of mountain driving experience.
(Previous vehicle was a 2014 Tundra 5 liter V8.)

We were 100% completely within spec for towing, for payload and total capacity.

On the highway on I-70 bow waves from passing semi trucks--we were going 60-63. Had to be in full grip. Going up from Denver to Breckenridge-no extra zoom if you needed it.

Felt like we didn't have any margin of safety. Discussed tow vehicles at the campground with a couple of other owners and really got some testimony about the difference between a 150 into a 250 diesel.

Scary as hell going from Breckenridge into Denver. Between down shifting, and trailer braking, my husband barely had time to watch traffic. That trailer was pushing us downhill.

We traded for a 250 Diesel, and will never ever not have something like this again. Night and day.

So if you do go ahead with your current set up, know it won't be like having an older, heavier 150. It will be like having a lightweight truck moving around a heavy trailer. Be ready and informed.
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Old 06-23-2023, 07:41 AM   #25
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"Equalizer hitch
Experienced drivers towing with lots of mountain driving experience.
(Previous vehicle was a 2014 Tundra 5 liter V8.)

We were 100% completely within spec for towing, for payload and total capacity.

On the highway on I-70 bow waves from passing semi trucks--we were going 60-63. Had to be in full grip. Going up from Denver to Breckenridge-no extra zoom if you needed it."


Best reason to buy a Hensley. My past experience exactly.
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Old 06-23-2023, 07:50 AM   #26
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Took Rte 22 into Jackson Wyoming, probably shouldn't have. Turns out its 5.5 miles all downhill, half between 10% and 15% grade, the rest about 8%+. For reference, freeways rarely exceed 6% grade. Busy 2-lane twisty road. Speed limit 50 mph.

F150 towing a 27FB. Stayed closer to 35 mph and stopped once halfway to rest the brakes and let traffic pass. Another truck and trailer then passed going at least 55 or faster, keeping up with all the corvettes. At the bottom found him pulled over with flames coming from his front wheel wells and truck generally on fire, vacation ruined.

A larger truck can solve some problems, and hide others, but it can't make one invincible. Still need common sense.
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Old 06-23-2023, 08:24 AM   #27
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That is totally accurate, and I couldn't give a better justification for my buying a 3/4 ton diesel with the engine brake and the Allison transmission. Been there, done that, and I don't want to do it anymore (I've gone through a quite a few brake pads over the years on mountain roads). But to each his own and a 3/4 ton diesel may not be an option for many. So it is possible to "ride" a 1/2 ton TV in those demanding conditions, it's driving "on the edge", some enjoy it, I don't.
Ditto here.
My experience exactly when we upgraded to our current 30' Classic.
Out west the F-150 was overworked and the downhill runs were the scariest .
No margin of safety.
I would have no problem towing a 25' AS with an F-150 EB.
Lot of posts about how easily their marginal TV pulls their trailer but pulling one can be done with a Smart Car.
Navigating that set up down hill in the western mountains is an altogether different proposition.
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Old 06-23-2023, 09:21 AM   #28
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One of the big drivers for me to upgrade to a Propride setup was one downhill run through the Cajon Pass on I-15 with a different WD only hitch setup. I managed to get the rig under control, but was doing less than 40 MPH to maintain control. Not a good situation, so I upgraded to a much better hitch.

Bottom line: Simply being in spec on a rig by weights and ratings is not an indication of being able to control it properly under all conditions.
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Old 06-23-2023, 10:28 AM   #29
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"Equalizer hitch
Experienced drivers towing with lots of mountain driving experience.
(Previous vehicle was a 2014 Tundra 5 liter V8.)

We were 100% completely within spec for towing, for payload and total capacity.

On the highway on I-70 bow waves from passing semi trucks--we were going 60-63. Had to be in full grip. Going up from Denver to Breckenridge-no extra zoom if you needed it."


Best reason to buy a Hensley. My past experience exactly.
We look at this differently. That we had no issues using the equalizer with any other rigs. Only with the F-150 and 27.

So if you prefer a pivot point hitch then please go ahead and use. But for me, I vastly prefer the ease of the equalizer and a better truck.
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Old 06-24-2023, 03:19 PM   #30
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"Equalizer hitch
Experienced drivers towing with lots of mountain driving experience.
(Previous vehicle was a 2014 Tundra 5 liter V8.)

We were 100% completely within spec for towing, for payload and total capacity.

On the highway on I-70 bow waves from passing semi trucks--we were going 60-63. Had to be in full grip. Going up from Denver to Breckenridge-no extra zoom if you needed it."


Best reason to buy a Hensley. My past experience exactly.
I did not realize Hansley came with and engine brake.
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