December 7, 2022

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Renegades Rich and Trish

Ford F-150 Lightning: Can it Really Tow our Airstream?

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ℹ️ About the Episode
When the Ford F-150 Lightning (an electric vehicle) was first announced, we plopped down $100 to add our names to the list. There are many reasons we would never buy the first generation models, which we’ll explain below—but performance and towing capability are not among them.
The performance of the Ford F-150 Lightning was astonishing. "WOW" was the only word that came to mind, so we needed a little help from Steve Martin just to make it clear. Our 2017 30′ Airstream Flying Cloud, with a GVWR of 8,800 pounds, made little to no difference to the truck’s abilities. If it weren’t our personal RV, it would have been interesting to see just how fast it could get to 55 mph while towing. We’re guessing fast! We were impressed with every aspect of the Ford F-150 electric truck except its range, which is no surprise. The standard battery provides just shy of a 200-mile range (100 towing) and the extended battery gets you just under a 300-mile range (200 towing). Those distances won’t provide enough travel time for typical RVers, so perhaps taking a boat to the lake or towing a cargo trailer in town are more suitable applications for this truck (for now). As we mention in the video, we personally feel that for an EV to be a viable RV tow vehicle, it would need a 300-mile range and 12-hour charge from 50 amp service at an RV park. The day Ford makes those specs a reality is the day we’ll see many electric trucks towing RVs (in our personal opinion). Of course, when the next generation of trucks is released with additional range, what will that do to the depreciation of the first generation models? Especially in the current market, where MSRP is just a starting point (if you’re lucky!). And that’s why we wouldn’t pull the trigger on the early generation models. Luckily, there are many people who won’t have a problem with the current range. They can work out the kinks for the rest of us! Also, let’s be honest. Could Trish really have a tow vehicle she couldn’t drive across the county in only two days? Probably not. But sharing the experience and reviewing this amazing truck was tons of fun and an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.

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