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Old 03-08-2024, 08:47 AM   #1
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Tongue Weight of your 25RB

Been trying to decide what our next trailer will be after selling our 30RB and we’ve landed on the Flying Cloud 25' with twin beds. I asked a similar question earlier in the week about what the tongue weight would be on a front bedroom setup and got a great response from the group. It's looking more and more like the front bedroom will push us over the limits of the truck so we're switching gears and looking at a rear bedroom to see if that helps at all.

So, I'm curious if any of you can tell me what your tongue weighs really are with your trailer loaded for camping on a rear bedroom with twins? I have a 2021 Ford F150 with the max tow package and 1,535 payload so we're trying to make this work because I don't want to go back to a 3/4 ton if we don't have to. And yes we could go to a 23' trailer but the setup just isn't the same as what you get in the 25'. Just trying to see what some real world numbers are and not just a brochure. Thanks in advance!!!
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Old 03-08-2024, 08:56 AM   #2
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Been trying to decide what our next trailer will be after selling our 30RB and we’ve landed on the Flying Cloud 25' with twin beds. I asked a similar question earlier in the week about what the tongue weight would be on a front bedroom setup and got a great response from the group. It's looking more and more like the front bedroom will push us over the limits of the truck so we're switching gears and looking at a rear bedroom to see if that helps at all.

So, I'm curious if any of you can tell me what your tongue weighs really are with your trailer loaded for camping on a rear bedroom with twins? I have a 2021 Ford F150 with the max tow package and 1,535 payload so we're trying to make this work because I don't want to go back to a 3/4 ton if we don't have to. And yes we could go to a 23' trailer but the setup just isn't the same as what you get in the 25'. Just trying to see what some real world numbers are and not just a brochure. Thanks in advance!!!
1535 is not much payload; I would venture to say from my experience your 25' RB will also be 1000lbs~ or more tongue weight; I had 3 different year models, the last a 2014 FCT RB; all were over 1000lbs TW. Unless you don't carry very much cargo in the bed, and you and wife are under 350lbs (we are not!), and no other passengers nor dog, you may pushing your limits for payload on that rig. If you can make it work, go for it. Much easier to deal with than a F250...just a bit limited in payload.
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Old 03-08-2024, 09:10 AM   #3
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2019 FC 25 RBT with two A/C's. Tongue weight is about 950 lbs. We tow with a 2018 Lincoln Navigator with 1552 lbs payload. There are just the two of us and we do not put too much in the truck, but a few things. We have weighed several times and are within our numbers, even a time when we loaded up the back with a bunch of kid toys.

One of the peculiar things about SUV's (perhaps just Ford) is the the rear axle rating in the SUV's is higher than the 1/2 pick ups. Ours is 4,350. That may not make a difference because we have more dry weight on the back, but I am not sure.

Anyway, once I got the weight distribution right, the combination works well. 30K miles with no towing "stories."

Happy to send you some of the weighs we have done if you would like to see it.
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Old 05-20-2024, 05:59 PM   #4
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DCPAS is correct. 25RB has a lower tongue weight. 850-950# depending on how much “stuff” you haul. We camp lite, tow with a Tacoma Sequoia using Blue Ox and 1000# bars. All is good, even on windy days in the Columbia Gorge with ridiculous winds. Half a tank of fresh water for some ballast and off we go.

Your challenge will be finding a new one, they have quit making them (corporate idiots trying to increase stock prices)!
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Old 05-20-2024, 07:34 PM   #5
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We just bought a 2019 25RBT (1 A/C) FC last week. I was a bit nervous since I had heard the stories about ‘real’ vs Airstream tongue weight. My ‘20 Ram 1500 has a sticker payload of 1,781 pounds. The trailer came with a Husky Centerline TS hitch, which was used by the previous owner for their SUV. After adjusting the hitch for my rig, the ride is very stable on the freeway. I’m really pleased with how it tows. We really like the layout as well.
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Old 05-20-2024, 09:46 PM   #6
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I have a 2006 25' Safari SS with rear corner bed. I'm not sure of the actual tongue weight, but I do know that FB configurations will be higher. In 5 trips to the Cat Scale, I've never come close to exceeding my 1500lb payload.
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Old 05-21-2024, 05:46 AM   #7
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We tow a 2000 RBT with a 2019 f150 EcoBoost using a Hensley hitch. It scales within specs and tows easily. Previously, we had a 2007 FBT and I did not notice much difference in the towing experience. I think the floorpan of the 25 is the best compromise of comfort and and towing of all Airstream models. We tow approximately 8-12,000 miles in any given year and try avoid interstates whenever possible.
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