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Levi
01-19-2010, 08:58 PM
Thanks to Larry95 for selling his open trailer to me, I now need some thing to tow it with. Kart before the Horse, DOH!!!! What is some pros and cons to ether?

cobrabitn
01-19-2010, 09:21 PM
Truck, hands down and a crew cab if you can swing it. :D

Andy M
01-20-2010, 09:27 AM
Stan,

I would find a clean F250 Powerstroke used. Depending on your budget, you can find these for between $10K and $40K. This will primarily depend on how old it is and how many miles. Focus on pre-2003 as these will have the bullet proof 7.3 engine like mine does. Mine has 145K on the clock and I am sure with proper maintenance it will easily do another 145K and more. THese things pull their a$$es off and you never have to worry about pulling up hill.

Just my two cents!

Twice Bitten
01-20-2010, 09:54 AM
Stan, after our conversation this morning about this topic. Maybe you should consider an Excursion with a Powerstoke in it. This would give you the towing power of a Superduty with all the amenities of an SUV. :thumbsup:

Ask Rachel if she misses her Excursiuon! :eek:

Larry95
01-21-2010, 09:04 AM
Guess I'd better put my two cents in the conversation. The trailer you bought from me was one of the "triplets". Jim, Carl and I had the same model trailer bought at the same time. I made a lot of trips with it behind my '03 Harley-Davidson F-150 before I traded up to the Super Duty F-250. The longest pull I made with the F-150 was to VIR twice. I also made a pull out to SC to pick up the track car I bought and numerous trips to TWS and Cresson. Can it be pulled with an F-150, Yes. Can it be pulled with an Expedition, Yes - Jim is doing that.

It all comes down to what your budget will stand and what compromises you are willing to make. If I recall you had an F-150 not to long ago, so you are well aware of what it's like to have a truck in the Houston traffic. Which ever way you decide to go make sure it has a factory "towing package" on it. I also strongly suggest a load leveler hitch and a good brake controller.

Twice Bitten
01-21-2010, 10:09 AM
http://motors.shop.ebay.com/Cars-Trucks-/6001/i.html?Make=Ford&LH_Distance=77069..500&Model=Excursion&Fuel%2520Type=Diesel&_dmpt=US_Cars_Trucks&_fln=1&_flso=1&_fpos=77069&_fspt=1&_qfkw=1&_sadis=500&_ssov=1&_trksid=p4506.c0.m282


Get you an Excursion :thumbsup:

Mrs TwiceBitten
01-22-2010, 06:31 PM
Stan, maybe we can work a deal on a low mileage Expedition if Larry's willing to get another Excursion! :thumbsup:

http://motors.shop.ebay.com/Cars-Trucks-/6001/i.html?Make=Ford&LH_Distance=77069..500&Model=Excursion&Fuel%2520Type=Diesel&_dmpt=US_Cars_Trucks&_fln=1&_flso=1&_fpos=77069&_fspt=1&_qfkw=1&_sadis=500&_ssov=1&_trksid=p4506.c0.m282


Get you an Excursion :thumbsup:

Levi
01-22-2010, 11:01 PM
Would love it,,, but don't think there is a Frank Financing Company.

Stan, maybe we can work a deal on a low mileage Expedition if Larry's willing to get another Excursion! :thumbsup:

SuperG
01-23-2010, 10:40 AM
One man in an Excursion? Nah, the Expedition with tow package will be fine...then again, it's not like you are going anywhere soon...unless you got that old SN95 up and running!!

Twice Bitten
01-23-2010, 11:26 AM
There is no comparison between the two when it comes to hauling things in the interior (space) and towing with an Excursion. Towing with an Excursion is equivelent to towing with a F250.

The brakes, suspension and power of the Excursion makes it superior for hauling and towing.

Blownsvtlightning
01-23-2010, 05:27 PM
Stan,

I would find a clean F250 Powerstroke used. Depending on your budget, you can find these for between $10K and $40K. This will primarily depend on how old it is and how many miles. Focus on pre-2003 as these will have the bullet proof 7.3 engine like mine does. Mine has 145K on the clock and I am sure with proper maintenance it will easily do another 145K and more. THese things pull their a$$es off and you never have to worry about pulling up hill.

Just my two cents!

If you get a 7.3 just keep a CMP in the glove box and a 10mm and you should ready to rock and roll. 7.3 is Best diesel out there, the others have potential but government mandates have them all jacked up.

Levi
01-24-2010, 01:03 PM
Decisions, decisions keep growing with more and more options. This is not as easy as I hoped it would be. If I can find a good deal that may just make up my mind.

Levi
01-27-2010, 07:03 PM
Larry95,,,,, What size ball do I need for the trailer hitch and what size is the allen wrench for the hitch lock?

After surfing around for a vehicle, I see what you where talking about that the Expedition comes in a EL (Extended Length) :eek:

Larry95
01-28-2010, 08:56 AM
Stan,

The ball size is 2-5/16"
The allen wrench size (not sure) best guess 3/16". I used one of those allen wrench holders that had all sizes on it.
An Expedition EL will fit your needs very well.

tic-tock tic-tock March event at TWS is only 6 weeks away.

Twice Bitten
01-28-2010, 09:07 AM
Expidition XL is OK, but still doesn't campare to the Excursion with a powerstroke

jimmysidecarr
01-28-2010, 04:09 PM
My 2 cents...
I personally like Andy's idea, that is probably what I would do.
HOWEVER.... Gails DD is a 99 32valve DOHC 5.4 Navigator. The Trans in that thing(unlike the Expeditions of the same years 98-2002) is the legendary 4R100!
That is the same trans used in the same 7.3 power strokes we were talking about above.

If you need serious tow capability and don't want the diesel(though it has better fuel economy) AND you would like a super comfortable and quiet vehicle with great seats. A first gen Navigator should also be considered, they are fairly reasonably priced now too.

The longer wheel base of an Excursion or a pickup makes for more stable towing in cross winds and such.

Also high octane fuel must be used in 32 valve Navis.