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I had a 2003 F-150 and wanted one of the new ones with the Ecoboost. I test drove a couple last year including hooking up my TT. Wife wanted 3 rows of seats, so we got a 3/4 ton Suburban instead. Since we spend lots of time in our vehicles, we tend to buy higher trim and equipment. So our Suburban has an official payload of 2051 pounds, about the same as what a similarly equipped F-150 with the HD payload package would be. I would totally chose the HD F-150 for a family for commuting and weekend RVing over a 3/4 ton. Pretty much anything up to 7500 pounds dry and under 800 pounds dry tongue weight is a great match.


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sranderle wrote:

We're looking at upgrading from our popup to a travel trailer. At the same time, we need a tow vehicle (had F150, Tundra, and Touareg).

For any of these vehicles, we would be looking at used. It seems that 'small' TTs are not necessarily light.

Thanks for your insight.



Weight isn't the issue. It's the complete lack of aerodynamic quality on nearly all TT's (not to mention high COG,******suspension and the rest).

The Touareg & Airstream is a combination that owners rave about. A number owners with trailers up to 25'. Plenty of info on www.airforums.com And plenty of used A/S trailers to choose from. There's no good reason to have to buy too much TV just to tow a TT if the the TV is an otherwise good choice as a DD.

The fuel mileage, alone, ought to give some folks pause. It can be outstanding, as in the low 20's with some of the smaller ones.

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Brassica wrote:

A 24 year old Airstream for $15,000.
I am going to have to calculate the fuel savings.
Thanks for the link to airforums.com


When one chooses disposability it also comes with higher fuel cost. Greater wear & tear on the TV. And lower road/wind performance.

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Still working on my truck purchase. I've dropped the HD Payload package, as we don't expect to get into a TT, let alone a heavy one in any foreseeable future.

Here is what I am looking to build, as nobody seems to have any.

2012 F-150 FX4
Ecoboost
157" Wheelbase
Ingot Silver with 18" wheels
Max Trailer Tow Package
FX Plus Package
LT 275/65R18 C Tires

Undecided
Rearview camera
FX Running Boards

Thoughts?

Does anyone have a similarly equipped FX4 with the long wheelbase? If so, what is your stated payload number on the yellow tag sticker?

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You do NOT need a 3/4 ton to tow an Outback 210.

A HD F150 is more than adequate to tow most travel trailers out there (not all)

It is for all intents and purposes a 3/4 ton truck in a slightly smaller package.

Skip has been towing heavy TT's with two HD F150's for YEARS.

Thanks!

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A 24 year old Airstream for $15,000.
I am going to have to calculate the fuel savings.
Thanks for the link to airforums.com

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I found the payload number for an FX4; 1738#. It doesn't seem to be enough, or have any headroom for a 21' hybrid TT. So, I will be placing my order tomorrow for an XLT HD truck. Finally!!

We're eyeing something like the Passport 190EXP. Any recommendations for a WDH for this setup?

I found a used 1999 Forest River Shamrock 21. Dealer says it is in good shape, but has a soft floor. Is this something that can be addressed?

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BTW, what are thoughts on these accessories? I will be placing my order tomorrow night.

Ford Remote Starter
Wheel locks
Black vinyl flooring instead of carpet

I will probably go with the Ford black tubular running boards and add them after the truck comes in. I wonder if the SuperDuty three mount version would work on the F-150.

Any other options that need to be addressed when ordering? I'm adding the rear view camera.

Thanks for all of your help.

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sranderle wrote:

BTW, what are thoughts on these accessories? I will be placing my order tomorrow night.

Ford Remote Starter - Completely worth the money on my 6.7L
Wheel locks - Worthless, if someone wants your wheels, they will get 'em
Black vinyl flooring instead of carpet - Can't comment



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Posted: 04/13/12 07:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wanted a replacement pickup last year, but my wife wanted the SUV. This is my list of accessories I would have purchased for a new pickup:

Line-X
Vinyl rolling bed cover
Weathertech digital fit floor mats
Amp Power steps
DVD player/headrest monitors
3M film hood protection

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