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Old 04-14-2012, 08:24 PM   #11
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Why do you need 4x4 in a tow vehicle for Florida? Just curious.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:30 PM   #12
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I do understand about choices and deciding what you really need now & in the near future. I didn't get the larger engine but in the event someday down the road I get a larger TT I will match the TV to it then. I might feel differently if I had a larger budget or plans for a new TT.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:58 AM   #13
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Easy choice. FX4 with luxury package! I am biased though!!
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:02 AM   #14
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I always LOVE looking at this picture ^^. Makes me wish we had gone for an FX4 ..... still next time. I would vote for the ecoboost, only problem is trying to keep the speed legal both towing and non towing.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:12 PM   #15
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Reason for 4x4 is I also have a 2,000lb boat and sometimes I put itin a lake w/out boat ramp. I don't want to ever get stuck pulling anything...
I know it can happen with a TT b/c I have a friend who got stuck just pulling out of the facility he stores TT at (wet flooded grass) after a rain!
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:34 PM   #16
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just joining the TT world. Purchased a 33" Flagstaff and have not bought a TV yet. looking for suggestions. Emty weight is 6100, gross 7700 with a tongue weight of I think 770.
Any suggestions on a TV for this size TT?
Looking at a 2007 Dodge Durango with a tow pkg up to 9000 but not set on it.
Thanks for your thoughts.
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:48 PM   #17
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I'm thinking about buying a Ford F-150 Crew 4x4 with 5.0L V-8 and 5'6" bed.

I'm interested in hearing what other folks would prefer if buying 2011 or 2012 model truck? I'm currently getting about 8.5MPG with the SUV... what shoud I expect with the Ford F-150?
We have a 2011 F-150 FX4 ecoboost, 373 gears, and max tow. We just returned from a 2,000 mile trip and are very pleased with the comfort and performance of this truck. We averaged 9.6 MPG - and that is with about 150 miles w/out the TT. That is not as good as I anticipated.

One feature that really impressed me was the trailer sway control - we found this to be a real 'life saver' in one situation. Traveling down some steep grades near VEGAS we were in high wind conditions. I started applying the brakes when the back of the camper started to sway and the truck's trailer sway control kicked in and brought the rig under control -- That was no fun, but I'm thankful to have been in a truck that was equipped with this safety feature.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:13 PM   #18
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The sway control on the F150 is a great feature... do you also have built-in brake control or did you add later? If built in, is it any better than regular brake control units?
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The sway control on the F150 is a great feature... do you also have built-in brake control or did you add later? If built in, is it any better than regular brake control units?
My truck is equipped with the integrated trailer brake control --- it works very nicely. When I first hooked the F150 to the TT - there was a noticeable difference in towing characteristics from my previous TV.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:54 PM   #20
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About 1,500 miles into our trailer trip. Averaging 10.8 so far with a lot of headwind. Extremely happy with mpg. Ecoboost and 5,500 lb Surveyor.
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