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Old 08-21-2021, 04:41 PM   #1
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Diesel or Gas Class A when Towing Ford Expedition in Mountains

Hi just got out of a travel trailer and looking at a Class A. In a perfect world we would get a 42 foot tag axle diesel pusher like an Entegra a few years old 30k miles. But , those seem to fall in 250k-300k

We had looked at say like a 37 foot Thor thats has. And similar RVs say can tow 7500 weight or 10000.

But in practicality, can you?

We would flat tow a 2019 Ford Expedition. This would be used during a couple months during the summer. And a few miles throughout the year. My concern is reliability if we go with gas. It also seems like with cargo, you start to hit the weight cap when you are loaded up.

Seems like the gas option a few years old you can get into for sub 100k.

So Iím thinking if we cant figure out a way to swing the diesel, getting an accurate picture of what we are getting into with the gas setup.
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Iím interested in seeing the comments on this as Iíve thought about upgrading to a F150 to tow behind my gasser.
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Old 08-21-2021, 05:02 PM   #3
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Not familiar with a gas Class A with 10,000 towing capacity.


Which ones??
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Old 08-21-2021, 05:05 PM   #4
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Diesel or Gas Class A when Towing Ford Expedition in Mountains

I believe a Ford Expedition is too heavy to tow safely behind a gas motorhome.

5000 lbs is theoretical maximum (and this is reduced based upon how much stuff you load into the RV)

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If youíre going to tow the Expedition, get a diesel. Look at older coaches to hit your price point.

If you go gas, get a lighter toad.
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Old 08-21-2021, 06:13 PM   #6
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Here is an example:

https://www.thormotorcoach.com/hurricane/specs/

Thor Hurricane shows hitch rating at 8,000 pounds, i think last we checked it was a 7500 maybe for a 2018 but thought i had seen 10k on a couple but maybe Iím incorrect.

What about something like this at 8000 pounds?
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Hitch rating does not necessarily translate to towing capacity.
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I've never understood why anyone would WANT to tow something that heavy! To each his own, but whether you go with gas or diesel, I'd get something like a Honda CRV to pull behind it.
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I've never understood why anyone would WANT to tow something that heavy! To each his own, but whether you go with gas or diesel, I'd get something like a Honda CRV to pull behind it.
Everyone has their reasons. Some of the bigger pushers have 15K-20K towing capacities, so a 6K-8K toad is childís play.
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I've never understood why anyone would WANT to tow something that heavy! To each his own, but whether you go with gas or diesel, I'd get something like a Honda CRV to pull behind it.
Itís kind of a Catch-22 for the OP. He has the Expedition and is trying to make it work. Good for him. You got to go sometimes with what you have. I think you would be ok unless most of your traveling will be in the mountains. Good luck.
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I tow just under 8k with my '04 Pace Arrow, (8.1 gasser) all over Colorado w/ the Ultra RV ECM /TCM's installed, a deep Tx pan and temp gage. The Tx never goes over 185 F with the 2 pancake fans running on a hot switch, even on the dreaded Monarch Pass (11,300').
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Iím interested in seeing the comments on this as Iíve thought about upgrading to a F150 to tow behind my gasser.
I occasionally tow my f150 if we have extra guests to drive around. my 2015 has the aluminum body and is quite a bit lighter than an expedition.
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I've never understood why anyone would WANT to tow something that heavy! To each his own, but whether you go with gas or diesel, I'd get something like a Honda CRV to pull behind it.
The reason I want to tow something that heavy is I don't want to give up my motorcycle and I want something where I can get a little bit off road so I have an F150 4x4 with an 8 ft bed to haul my motorcycle. I didn't want to go the trailer route for an older Jeep and the bike. There are reasons folks want to haul that much.
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We already have the expedition. I looked add other flat tow capable vehicles to buy but pricing is ridiculous so Iíd rather not buy a car. And we also have three medium size dogs with two kids silver a practical standpoint it makes the most sense do you have some thing that can accommodate everyone.

The expedition has served us well for Towing Art Travel Trailer and we love its reliability so for us itís a very logical step but Iím thinking now maybe to target diesel may be about 10 years old I just had concerns with issues or maintenance since reliability is of the upmost importance. We owned a gas motorhome but never had a pull behind and I bought it and it was 10 Years old but had very low mileage and always seem to have nonstop issues with once this was fix the next thing broke. But you are a certain extent now having more miles on the road I understand that happens
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