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Old 05-29-2020, 09:53 AM   #1
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Hello from Mid Michigan

Hello, wife and I own a motorhome but we are starting to look for our next and last RV. We both have always loved the Airstream and thinking about a Classic 33 to tow with a Ford F250. Any thoughts?

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Old 05-29-2020, 10:54 AM   #2
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I think you will find this forum to be a positive influence on your quest for an AS. We tend to be a bit prejudiced!

And, if you want it and can afford it, get it. Personally I spent too long looking for the "perfect" AS. In retrospect I should have joined the club much sooner.

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Old 05-29-2020, 07:15 PM   #3
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Hello from dry Colorado. You folks have had a lot of rain lately. Airstreams don't float, so remember that. The new Classic is a beautiful travel trailer that will last a long time. My wife's folks bought a 1986 Limited 34' for their retirement. It was the top of the line trailer then. We have it now and we enjoy traveling with it, see photo. But no spring trips this year.

We tow our Limited with a F350 diesel. The reason for the F350 over the 250 was the licence tabs were much cheaper on the one ton as it was considered a "commercial" vehicle. You want to give consideration to the tongue weight of the Classic, likely over 1000 pounds, and then estimate all the gear you might be bringing with you on a long trip. The 350 can carry more weight. I like Fords, but you would want to shop the Ram and GM trucks too. I think Ford has fallen a bit behind.

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Hello from dry Colorado. You folks have had a lot of rain lately. Airstreams don't float, so remember that. The new Classic is a beautiful travel trailer that will last a long time. My wife's folks bought a 1986 Limited 34' for their retirement. It was the top of the line trailer then. We have it now and we enjoy traveling with it, see photo. But no spring trips this year.

We tow our Limited with a F350 diesel. The reason for the F350 over the 250 was the licence tabs were much cheaper on the one ton as it was considered a "commercial" vehicle. You want to give consideration to the tongue weight of the Classic, likely over 1000 pounds, and then estimate all the gear you might be bringing with you on a long trip. The 350 can carry more weight. I like Fords, but you would want to shop the Ram and GM trucks too. I think Ford has fallen a bit behind.

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We get A plan from Ford so a F250 or F350

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Well that A plan will save you some shopping. The 250 and 350 are the same truck except for the rear helper springs that give the 350 more cargo capacity. I found the ride quality about the same between the 250 and 350. The helper springs don't come into play until you load up the bed. The off road shocks do stiffen the ride considerably. I'd pass on that option.

Our 2013 F350 diesel has been defect free for 72000 miles and 7 years. About 1/3 of those miles are towing. We book about 13 mpg average towing. Hills and headwinds drag it down. The diesel efficiency, torque and engine braking are well worth the extra expense in my view. Trigger warning: the operating costs are higher with a diesel.

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Great plan!

KC & MC, welcome to the Airstream community and forums!

I’d say a 33’ Classic would be at the top of most lists; great choice! We’re on our 2nd, a 27’ Globetrotter and likely our “forever” trailer.

We learned the hard way about tow vehicles and payload. Simple advice would be if your F250 is a gas engine you’ll have enough payload capacity. If you prefer diesel, consider moving up to the F350 to offset the 900# penalty of the heavier engine. That new 7.3 Ford gas engine is getting some great reviews so don’t overlook it. Added bonus is less engine maintenance cost and cheaper fuel cost.

Good luck with your selection!
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KC & MC, welcome to the Airstream community and forums!

I’d say a 33’ Classic would be at the top of most lists; great choice! We’re on our 2nd, a 27’ Globetrotter and likely our “forever” trailer.

We learned the hard way about tow vehicles and payload. Simple advice would be if your F250 is a gas engine you’ll have enough payload capacity. If you prefer diesel, consider moving up to the F350 to offset the 900# penalty of the heavier engine. That new 7.3 Ford gas engine is getting some great reviews so don’t overlook it. Added bonus is less engine maintenance cost and cheaper fuel cost.

Good luck with your selection!
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I like the idea engine braking for the Diesel engine braking.

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we tow a 25fc with an f150 eco boost with the 10 speed tran. in tow mode it down shifts to maintain your speed. if i wasn't watching the tach, i'd have never known it was doing it, it was so smooth. that was descending from mount rushmore on our first trip to the mountains, so i didn't know what to expect. never touched the brakes unless a slower vehicle in front caused me slow down. i assume (maybe a mistake), but the f250 gasser probably would do the same.
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