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Old 03-12-2013, 08:52 AM   #91
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We have a Flagstaff 26-FKWS. Dry weight about 6-K and cargo about 1-K. We have a 2010 F-150 with the 4.6 aluminum engine which was used in the Mustang until they changed in 2011. The Flagstaff has Tor-Flex independent axles. We average about 10.5 - 11.0 MPG. I also have Bilstein shocks and rear Firestone air bags for leveling. Coming down to FL 2 weeks ago during the bad storm was an experience I don't want to repeat. Between hail and awful rains and gusting winds I couldn't ask for a better test of the sway and ride controls. It pulled great with seldom feeling that I was loosing control. We traveled interstate, limited access and 2-lane roads. We've made this trip before and I was really impressed with the Tor-Flex axles. Our first trip was with leaf springs and no shocks. The second trip I had installed shocks and it was much better. This third trip, new trailer and Tor-Flex axles no comparison. Next I will add shocks.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:23 PM   #92
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Do you have sway control on the hitch or rely just on the trucks factory sway control? The reason I ask is I have a 2010 F150 with factory sway control and am also in need of a new hitch sway control, but if the trucks can do the job then I won't bother buying an external one
I have not used add on sway control but to make the tow nicer and safer will buy and use weight distribution hitch and sway control. It will make longer trips much more relaxing.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:22 PM   #93
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We have the Equalizer 4-point WDH with sway control. Most hitches that I looked at when doing research had sway control so I didn't look for anything that didn't have it. I don't think it hurts to have extra control.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:38 PM   #94
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Im pulling my Rockwood 2306 with a 2004 F-150 4.6 4x2 with no problems. I am suprised that most of you guys are towing with pretty much brand new trucks I would like to know who is towing with 2004 and older F-150's and how they are holding up. I am new to the towing world but if I have to buy a new truck every few years to pull my RV 2000 miles a year then I may have to go back to a tent. In this economy I cant see spending $40k on a new ride at this time even though I can afford it. I just dont want to.
I have a 2004 F150 and like you I only tow about 2000 miles a year with our 6000lb TT being about 90% of those miles. I bought the truck 1 year old (in Jan of 05) with 30K and now it has 57K, I only put about 3000 miles a year on the truck and put it in storage during the winter since I have a beater 94 F150 4X4 with 170K HARD miles and a company work truck. The truck handles the camper great, but it should since its rated to tow over 9000lbs. The only problem that I have ever had was 1 rear brake caliper froze up otherwise only preventative maintenance.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:14 PM   #95
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Im pulling my Rockwood 2306 with a 2004 F-150 4.6 4x2 with no problems. I am suprised that most of you guys are towing with pretty much brand new trucks .......
Someone needs to break it in for you....
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:35 AM   #96
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I have often wondered why my 2004 F-150 only has a 6700 lbs tow capacity. I know it only has a 4.6 in it but it came with the "heavy duty"tow package and the 4.6 trucks that came without the tow package have the same 6700 lbs rating. I have run my Mini Lite 2306 over the scales and it came out to 4950 lbs loaded for a week of camping. My truck pulls it good and feels like it could tow quite a bit more, so i wonder if they derated it because it was the first year for the new design. Im glad I bought an RV that is way under my tow rating just for the peace of mind but I still worry about the transmission blowing up. I think my dad made me paraniod about tranny's back in the 80's when he was dropping one every other year towing a pop-up with his F-150. lol. Trucks have come along way.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:23 AM   #97
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I've run Mobil 1 in all my vehicles for over 30 years. I'm not ever worried about a worn out motor. I actually put 10-K on each oil change and it is my belief and understanding that one could go even double that. As far as differential and tranny well I do know that in 1999 the Ford chassis we had on the MH had synthetic lube in it from the factory. I have changed my gear lube from standard to synthetic. I believe that's a good move. They're primarily just bearings and gears (limited slip aside) so why not????? The tranny may be the weak link. My experience has always been to change the fluid regularly to help prevent tranny problems. The biggest problem is heat which destroys the fluid which in turn will ruin the tranny.
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:06 PM   #98
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Broke down and bought equalizer 10k weight distribution sway control. couldn't pass deal for used on at $400 since new run approx $700 plus. will see how it does on trip home.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:49 PM   #99
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We have an 08 F150 with the 5.4, 3.73 rear end with the 6 1/2 ft bed. We bought our Tracer 2670 last September and really haven't had it on a long trip yet. We are planning our first trip in June. We live north of Salt Lake City and are headed to Sacremento Cal. For those of you who have driven I80 into Cal knows that you have to climb Donnors pass. Has anyone pulled their TT up this hill? If so, how was it?
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:32 PM   #100
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Wolfpack, I pull with a 2003 with a 5.4 that is fuel injected. The rated towing capacity is 8,000 and the vehicle is factory equipped with a heavy duty tow package. I started towing with approximately 67,000 on the vehicle and now have 97,000 on it. I pull a 2011 26 ft Heritage Glenn. Base weight is right at 6000 and we normally have about 600 pounds of extra weight in the trailer. I normally keep the two speed under 65 and get around 9mpg. I have towed approximately 9000 since we purchased the trailer. No problems with the engine or transmission. Watching the gauges on the dash I do not see any difference pulling winter, summer, or not pulling.
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