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New-be to towing???????

I am a new-be to towing. I have just bought a 25ft. 06 Airstream trailer that wt. is 5700 empty. It has electric over hydraulic brakes.

I want to tow the trailer in mountains up and down hills etc. and I don’t want to be a white knuckle driver. I am looking to buy a new or late model ford truck.

1.Would the ford 250 diesel be a good match.

2.The Customer Teck. At Airstream said I could not use the built in brake controller in the Ford truck.

3.Does the break controller have anything to do with or is it in any way interfaced with the tow haul mode on the truck?

4. I guess what I am asking in question no.3 is if I use my own brake controller will I lose any great functions of the tow haul mode?

I appreciate more than you know any advice. I don’t want to rely on a salesperson to guide my choice.
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I am a new-be to towing. I have just bought a 25ft. 06 Airstream trailer that wt. is 5700 empty. It has electric over hydraulic brakes.

I want to tow the trailer in mountains up and down hills etc. and I don’t want to be a white knuckle driver. I am looking to buy a new or late model ford truck.

1.Would the ford 250 diesel be a good match.

2.The Customer Teck. At Airstream said I could not use the built in brake controller in the Ford truck.

3.Does the break controller have anything to do with or is it in any way interfaced with the tow haul mode on the truck?

4. I guess what I am asking in question no.3 is if I use my own brake controller will I lose any great functions of the tow haul mode?

I appreciate more than you know any advice. I don’t want to rely on a salesperson to guide my choice.

1 - yes
2- i wouldn't see why not....
3 - i dont think it is, but i could be wrong.

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I am a new-be to towing. I have just bought a 25ft. 06 Airstream trailer that wt. is 5700 empty. It has electric over hydraulic brakes.

I want to tow the trailer in mountains up and down hills etc. and I don’t want to be a white knuckle driver. I am looking to buy a new or late model ford truck.

1.Would the ford 250 diesel be a good match.

2.The Customer Teck. At Airstream said I could not use the built in brake controller in the Ford truck.

3.Does the break controller have anything to do with or is it in any way interfaced with the tow haul mode on the truck?

4. I guess what I am asking in question no.3 is if I use my own brake controller will I lose any great functions of the tow haul mode?

I appreciate more than you know any advice. I don’t want to rely on a salesperson to guide my choice.
1. F250 will work but I would go F350!

2. I dont understand why it wouldent work?

3. That is something I dont know.

4. I dont see why you would but I would get a second opinion on that.

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i have heard good and bad things about using the factory brake controller with a trailer that has electric over hyd brakes. if you do go with an aftermarket one you have to get one a good one. you can get away with cheep controlers with electric brakes but you cant with elec over hyd brakes, Prodigy is usually was we run, i forget what model but ill know by tomorrow because i have to get one for my 2000
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Tekanosha is supposed to be pretty good!

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Tekanosha is supposed to be pretty good!
yeah thats what it is... its a Tekanosha and the model is the prodigy... i have them in all of my trucks and they work great..

Nice job Ryan, you had your moment for the day finally
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I have the P3 and it stops my 34ft 5er with no problems!

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yeah thats what it is... its a Tekanosha and the model is the prodigy... i have them in all of my trucks and they work great..

Nice job Ryan, you had your moment for the day finally
Yay for me.

I dont even know who made my trailer brake controller but it works pretty good and I have hydraulic/electric brake!

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from everyone I have talked to airstreams pull like a dream and with hydraulic/electric brakes they should help eliminate that white knuckle ride when common sense is used so any superduty should work fine if the integrated brake controler gives you fits then get a tekanosha with the wiring adapter plug it in and go
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I called airstream and they recomemded genisis i just wish there was someway to use the built in one in the truck...
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