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Old 01-13-2021, 12:12 PM   #61
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F-150 not quite enough truck

I started out pulling our 27í Classic with a 2015 F-150 EB max trailer tow package. Loved the truck and loved the setup. However, I often felt like the tail was wagging the dog at freeway speeds. I never experienced significant trailer sway, just wasnít comfortable. I tried two different types of WD hitches, both performed close to the same. When towing in the mountains, the F-150 would heat up fast. On paper the truck looked perfect for the job. In the real world, just not quite enough truck for where we live and like to camp. Updated to a Chevy 2500 Duramax and havenít looked back. Although I miss the smooth ride and creature comforts of the F-150.
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Old 01-13-2021, 12:40 PM   #62
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Hence the title of said Post, ďAnother TIRED TV Thread.Ē Haha. I knew I was opening that worm can.
You sure did. 😂 never fails. I donít know why people get so wrapped around the axle about that subject. If you want to use a Yugo to pull a 33 footer, have at it. (Just move over to let me pass&#128526.

Meanwhile Iím happy with my choice of TV.
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Old 01-13-2021, 01:08 PM   #63
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Not posdible

I love the Limited itís beautiful and considered it when we got our 27fb Tommy but when I saw the payload it was immediately dismissed. You simply canít do much with payload. You have to go 250 and forget the Limited. It has a lot of fancy goodies that adds to weight so diminishes payload capacity. Everyone seems to have a scheme to fix payload. Amusing. Think safety, performance not frills! Eco boost is great. We miss our f150 ecoboost but when it struggled on the Siskiyou grade we said no way have to upgrade. Got a RAM 2500 a no brainer.
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Old 01-13-2021, 03:01 PM   #64
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Those who overload their vehicles towing could be in for a big surprise. I have a Jeep Wrangler that has a tow rating of 3500 lbs. On one of my job ventures I was towing my Ď52 Airstream trailer thatís 26í in length. A accident happened in front of me on the way to a job site, fortunately I wasnít involved in it, but the Highway Patrol looked at my combination and cited me for being overloaded based on trailer length even though I was able to stop and wasnít involved. The first thing I did was go to a truck scale and get a certified weight, as it turns out I was a 1000lbs under my tow rating. That old of a Airstream doesnít have any holding tanks and the only wood in it is the cabinet doors, according to the scales it weighs 1895 lbs empty. I challenged that ticket and won based on the scale weights and the proof the Jeep was properly equipped to tow, had I been towing a heavier trailer even though my Jeep will tow more than 3500lbs, I would have been on the hook for a expensive ticket.
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Old 01-13-2021, 03:32 PM   #65
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F-350 with Bilsteins. A few hundred dollars more, but more payload. Compare. I changed out my Excursion springs for F-350s with Bilsteins and yes, it is now stiffer, but not harsh. Roll, side to side, is less as well.
And whoever said overkill is a bad thing?
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Old 01-13-2021, 07:51 PM   #66
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More is better

For almost two years we towed a 30í Classic with an
F150 3.5. I was very pleased with this truck. On a trip we experienced more wind than usual. It was obvious that we did not have the control that we thought we had. We are now towing the same trailer with a 2021 Chevrolet 2500 diesel. It is a pleasure beyond our expectations to travel with the new truck. I am confident that the F250 Ford, or the 2500 Dodge would have been a great choice as well. Obviously, you will get great control with the 350/3500 as well. Get more than you think you have to have.
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:39 PM   #67
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Your choice but!

I loved my 150 till I towed with it. I think you know the answers. I would suggest test driving a 3/4 ton and compare the driving experience and the capacities specifications.

I never had a love it day towing our 25 ft FC with our F-150. It was ok we traded it in.

Iíve never had a bad day towing our trailer with our SuperDuty. And have no concerns when we hook up to the new 2021 30

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Hey folks -

Bought a 26 foot Airstream pre-covid and have towed just fine w my current Ford. I'm rated for a max tow of 10,700 lb. No problems towing at roughly 7,500 lb.

Currently considering moving into a Classic 33' Airstream Q1 this year, and that's sitting at a GCVR of 10,000 lbs. When I add the hitch weight of 1,175 lb - well you're starting to see the math conundrum. Start adding myself and additional payload and we're topping out my max tow and it's getting hairy.

I know a lot of folks are gonna say, go buy a 250, but my question is, does anyone have experience and can speak to tuning up an F150 3.5L, 6 cylinder like mine and what the improved towing capacity may be?

My options I'm seeing are this -

1. Tune - increase tow capacity.
2. Buy a used 250.
3. Buy a new F150 that's rated at 13,900 lb. max tow.

Curious to see what the thoughts are.

PS my 2019 FC is for sale if anyone's interested.

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Old 01-13-2021, 10:18 PM   #68
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Old 01-14-2021, 08:59 AM   #69
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Problems solved! Haha.

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Old 01-14-2021, 09:02 AM   #70
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For sure - but I'm getting what I'm looking for, and that's an overall consensus.

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Old 01-14-2021, 10:15 AM   #71
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Originally Posted by JeffRadford View Post
For sure - but I'm getting what I'm looking for, and that's an overall consensus.
Congrats on the new trailer. Are you going through BT? FYI, I saved $20,000 by driving up to Chicago for our 2020GT. Iíd rather do business locally, but that was just too steep.
Also, Iím on the edge with our 25 and Tundra, but safe. If I had anything bigger Iíd have a 3/4 ton. I know Iíd prefer diesel, but not sure Iíd spend the $$ upfront. Iím in the St Louis area also. Iíd say letís meet somewhere, but I do not want my lovely wife to see a 33í AS.

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