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Old 10-05-2023, 11:34 AM   #61
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Well, my ol' 2002 Ford 7.3 Powerstroke diesel powered longbed F250 4x4 has been retired. My new tug is a 2019 Ford Expedition Limited 4x4 shortbody (eg, not MAX) with the Ecoboost 3.5L V6 and 10L80 10 speed transmission.





(picture towing shows the original 22" wheels, which I swapped out for some 18" wheels shown in the 1st pic, as I don't think /45 series tires belong on a truck, the 18" wheels are /65).
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Old 10-08-2023, 06:33 PM   #62
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Well, my ol' 2002 Ford 7.3 Powerstroke diesel powered longbed F250 4x4 has been retired. My new tug is a 2019 Ford Expedition Limited 4x4 shortbody (eg, not MAX) with the Ecoboost 3.5L V6 and 10L80 10 speed transmission.





(picture towing shows the original 22" wheels, which I swapped out for some 18" wheels shown in the 1st pic, as I don't think /45 series tires belong on a truck, the 18" wheels are /65).

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Old 10-08-2023, 06:35 PM   #63
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Old 10-09-2023, 06:24 PM   #64
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Old 10-11-2023, 06:55 PM   #65
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I.C.E. - 2021 3.5 L V6 Tacoma. Before that it was 2013 4.0 L V6 Tacoma. Both short bed, 4 WD. This picture is from when we explored the Channeled Scablands and stopped at the Grand Coulee Dam.
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Old 10-11-2023, 09:46 PM   #66
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Bigfoot with Ram 2500

Great combo, 6.4 hemi gas
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Old 10-12-2023, 09:22 AM   #67
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2022 SR5 Tundra non-hybrid 3.5L Twin Turbo V-6. I like this TV for towing Ollie.

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Old 02-06-2024, 05:24 PM   #68
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I will probably some day own an EV for local personal transportation. But not for towing, Especially not for the kind of cross country distances I tow.



I have had a Ford F-350 SuperDuty with single rear wheels with the 7.3L Goliath gas motor, 10 speed transmission and .430 ratio rear axle, on order since the first week in February. I could have had it sooner but I insisted on the gooseneck / fifth wheel tow prep package.



Admittedly that would be a bit much for a Scamp or Casita but it would be just right for a 25' Bigfoot. And I can certainly pull a light weight trailer. Just have to keep checking the mirror to make sure it is still back there. I have heavy duty tilt bed flatbed trailer that can weigh as much as 20,000 lbs loaded that I use on the farm. I am out of the diesel engine market because of the emissions control problems and the expense.


I ordered the camper prep package (which includes a stabilizer bar on the rear axle. And I ordered the snow plow prep front suspension which includes a stabilized front axle. The total GCWR is 27,500 Lbs. I want to make sure the trailer can't push the truck around. I like the safety, stability and feeling of "road command" that suspension setup provides.


I expect the highway gas mileage will be around 14 mpg not towing. It will be around 8 mpg towing a 7,500 lb RV trailer. Less or more depending on the wind direction and driving speed. On the flat level interstates I set my cruise control at a maximum of 67.



My '17 model F-350 had the same suspension, but a weaker 6.2L engine, six speed and .370 ratio rear axle. It worked pretty well pulling the 25' Bigfoot (weight about 7,500 Lbs) except when running in the mountains. The weak link in that setup was the six speed automatic transmission. It was great when not towing but it would drive you nuts towing a heavy trailer. You had to go to "M" and manually shift to keep the engine running at a reasonable RPM (between 2,500 and 4,100)


I need the new truck strictly for towing. I have a light weight 12 year old Ford Ranger that I use for errands and when I am not towing or hauling anything.
Thinking about getting a Bigfoot 25Rt and I have a 2020 F450 6.7 10 speed which I know will pull it with no problem . My question is did you use any type of sway control on your 350 ?
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Old 03-12-2024, 05:37 AM   #69
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Toyota Sienna ICE

I have a 2005 Toyota Sienna AWD that tows my 78 Trillium 13 very handily but with poor gas mileage (13-15 mpg towing, 20 mpg not towing). Am looking to replace it with a ICE van because I don't think hybrid or EV is the way to go at this point. Maybe in 5 years but my '05 isn't going to make it that far.
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Old 04-20-2024, 05:45 PM   #70
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2024 Honda Odyssey Ekite

We just returned from picking up our 2024 Casita SD, trip = 1000 miles, first trip Towing. Trailer was mostly empty= 2900 LBS. We used an Andersen WDH, Towing Speed 61-64 MPH, 18.5-19.5 MPG, normally 28-29MPG @ 70-75 MPH. I thought the Odyssey felt perfectly balanced and stable! We did remove the second row seats to save weight, approx 100 LBS.
I am planning on using the Donut Spare from the Odyssey together with a Wheel Adapter to also use the Donut Spare on the Trailer, for emergencies only.
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Old 04-21-2024, 07:21 AM   #71
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THE PROs: Since 2012 I towed my Lil' Snoozy 60+K miles with my 2001 Jeep Cherokee 2 wd, 2 door, 5 spd. manual, 4.0 liter Jeep. (Cherokee designed by AMC before Chrysler gave us their misconceived Cherokee). I have owned many vehicles including all the popular Japanese brands, domestic, VW, and Volvos. This totally rust free Jeep has been with 178K miles the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned and consistently delivers 16+ mpg while towing. Offers plenty of power for a sub 3000 lb trailer but would not have adequate power to tow at it's maximum tow rating. I am often approached by AMC Cherokee enthusiasts offering to purchase my rust free Cherokee at a premium offering price.

THE CONs: It is very a very light vehicle with a 5000 lb. tow rating. I would never want to tow 5000 lbs with it. The Snoozy fully loaded with water and everything only weighs a few 100 lbs less than the Jeep resulting in sometimes being pushed around by the wind. Due to the light weight and 2 wd I frequently lack the traction to pull my trailer up steep unpaved grades or from camp sites with wet grass.

With these cons I just purchased a new Silverado, double cab, 6.5 foot bed. I'm certain it will eliminate the faults I found with my Cherokee. But, it will have it's own faults. With a much larger foot print, parking spots will be fewer. With all the idiotic electronics it may be more problematic as it ages.
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Old 06-04-2024, 12:32 AM   #72
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Well if I could coms up withthe 50G to put Fords kit EV in,,, until then she be ICE!!
What brand of canopy is that?
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Old 06-04-2024, 12:48 AM   #73
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What brand of canopy is that?
looks like a pretty generic trade show canopy to me. from that angle, I can't tell if its a 10 x 10, or a 12 x 12.
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Old 06-04-2024, 03:14 AM   #74
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looks like a pretty generic trade show canopy to me. from that angle, I can't tell if its a 10 x 10, or a 12 x 12.
It looked a little higher than the Walmart variety. Looking for one with an 8' eave.
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Old 06-04-2024, 08:41 AM   #75
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I believe it's called a First Up, I don't think it's available any longer. But I think the Walmart ones are the same cause I've used their replacement panels which are the same. It's a 10x10. I tie a leg to the rear bumper and a leg to the tongue. On mine the frame runs along the metal rope slide. Works great even the modded bug screen is great.
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Old 06-08-2024, 05:44 PM   #76
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Well, my old T.V. is my LJ it actually towed my 16ft Scamp good. New T.V. is my Gladiator Max-Tow package, when I get my Scamp road worthy.

Currently the "axle" has an axle. 🤭
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