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Old 04-30-2009, 07:53 PM   #1
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829fkss and F150 5.4, 3.73 w/tow package

We are looking into purchasing a Flagstaff 829FKSS from Wilkins RV in Bath, NY.. Just wondering to expect towing with a 2008 138" wheelbase F150 w/5.4 eng., 3.73 gears and tow package. Looking at the numbers, it should be no problem. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:02 AM   #2
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rlocicero, I have the same running gear that you have in a 2006 model F150. That setup tows our SV 263 admirable. It will use 2nd gear up the mountains around here, mainly because I have to slow down for the curves anyway. It will boogie on down the interstate with ease at 65 mph, with OD off. If you have a stretch of flat road (which is rare around here), ours will run with OD on also. I don’t over-rev our setup just to keep up with the speed limit on the hilly terrain around here, so on some hills I might be a little slow.

Our Surveyor weighs about 1400 lbs. less than the 829fkss. The brochure on ours listed 4200 lbs., but on the way back from the dealership it weighed in at almost 4800 lbs. The battery, full propane tanks, an AC, awning, and other options can add up. So if you add those same figures to the 5600 lb. dry weight of the Flagstaff, you are looking at 6200 lbs. sitting on the dealer’s floor. That should not be a problem with your 9300 lb. tow rating, but just want you to be aware of how that weight builds. We add another ~600 lbs. ready to go camping.

According to a popular “suggested” length chart, our 145.5” wheelbase F150 can pull up to a ~29’ travel trailer. Our SV 263 is 28.5” long. I have been tweaking our Reese Dual Cam WDH and sway setup, and it does a great job even with crosswinds and trucks passing. With your 138” wheelbase and a 31.5’ trailer, you would really want to have your WDH/sway control setup maximized, so that you don’t have an unpleasant driving experience.
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:40 PM   #3
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First, let me say that you are dealing with a great RV dealer in Wilkens. We just brought home a new 831FKBSS and towed about 230 miles to our home. We did upgrade our tow bars to the Reese dual cam sway system and I would recommend you do the same if you haven't done so already. I am towing a larger TT and of course its weight out of the factory came in at 6910 Lbs, dry from the factory. I am towing with a 2005 Dodge ram hemi Quad cab 5.7 liter engine and have the auto transmission and the 3:93 rear. It towed like a dream and gave me 10+ mpg on the trip home. The odd thing was, I got 8.2 Mpg going up to Bath NY with our trade in (2003 forest river Cheeroke 27Q that weighed about 6600 Lbs) I think you will be just fine with your set up but I would upgrade the hitch. Good luck with the new TT! BTW, we also upgraded the brake controler to a Prodigy and Im very happy with it also...
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:03 AM   #4
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I just pulled our 829 FKSS home 365 miles yesterday with our 2004 F-150 with a 5.4 Triton, and the tow package. I did have some uphill travel on I-80, and south to I-35 from Davenport,Ia to Kansas City. It really pulled very well, it stayed around 3000 to 3500 RPM, and on the flats I kept O/D turned on. I am not going to win any drag races with this setup, but it keeps me slowed down as I'm am normally a lead foot!! I had several big rigs blow by me, and with the equalizer hitch, I didn't have the problems with it swaying that everyone said I would have.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:27 AM   #5
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Congrats on the 829FKSS!

You will enjoy it. love our 8296SS. Same unit.
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Old 05-03-2009, 01:44 PM   #6
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I have a 2000 just like yours and it does fine. 8330 Trailer weight limit. Pulls great.
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:10 PM   #7
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829fkss and F150

Thanks for all of the replies. We do have dual cam sway control and I recently upgraded the bars to 1200 lbs. We ended up not purchasing the one from Wilkins due to negotiation issues. We had agreed on a price and gave a deposit over the phone. 10 minutes later the salesman called back and stated that he could not honor our deal and tried to bump me another $1000.00. This is basically the same scam they tried to pull in 1995 when we were looking at a Wilderness trailer there. (We ended up with a prowler from Town Pump Trailer Sales.) I started looking for other sources and ended up ordering a 2010 829fkss from another dealer closer to home. The 2010 had many more options - atrium room, free standing dinette, 4 corner power levelers, 15000 btu a/c etc.. for not much more than the 2009 and it was the exact color my wife wanted. Had they not been so greedy, we would have happily bought their trailer and they would have moved a unit off their lot.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:38 PM   #8
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Sorry that things fell through for you. I had no issues from Wilkins, I told them what I was willing to pay for the 831FKBSS and that amount had to be "out the door" tax, tags etc. I got what I felt was a real good deal as I played 5 dealers against each other for the best price, and maybe my timing was better as this deal was started at the Rocklad RV show, Feb. 12. Anyway, best of luck with the new purchase!
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We are looking into purchasing a Flagstaff 829FKSS from Wilkins RV in Bath, NY.. Just wondering to expect towing with a 2008 138" wheelbase F150 w/5.4 eng., 3.73 gears and tow package. Looking at the numbers, it should be no problem. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Hi I have a 2010 32 foot Flagstaff TT. My 2004 F 150 Super Crew 5.4 pulls it fine. I owned a 28 Ft Skyline Weekender and it pulled fine from Oklahoma to Kentucky last Summer. I hope I have helped you
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