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Old 04-18-2012, 03:42 PM
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My 2003 F250 is only rated for a 12000# Fifth wheel. Gross cargo weight is where you will get killed. Your 250 is not rated for 15 to 20 percent of your trailers gross weight.
you have to count fuel, hitch, people, tool box, dog etc, in to your gross carrying capacity.
I wish I could recommend that you can tow it safely, It is a beautiful rig.

This may help. http://www.wilkinsrv.com/PDFs/2008TowGuide.pdf
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Here are the specs for that camper, It's pushing it a bit, but It's not a 18k lb trailer.
I also don't know how much pin weight a 250 is rated for.
Franko, look at the Gross weight. Its 18K. dry weight is over 13. I've got that same rig with a slightly different floor plan. It weighs 18.5 rolling over the scales with all our stuff in it and NO water.
Its a heavy rig.

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Franko, look at the Gross weight. Its 18K. dry weight is over 13. I've got that same rig with a slightly different floor plan. It weighs 18.5 rolling over the scales with all our stuff in it and NO water.
Its a heavy rig.

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After further review Barney I concur...It is too big for a 250. My Creek is about 13,500 loaded with around 2400 lbs on the pin. After I ran a few numbers in my head (that took a while ) I wouldn't want to tug around my unit with anything smaller than what I have now.
A F450 and a toy hauler is in my near future...
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The rotor size is important, agreed. (heat,grip and leverage) But i believe it is were the rubber meets the road is more of a factor. A dually just has better footing. I have had the trailer brakes locked up and the truck takes up the rest of what the trailer tires (rubber meets the road) can't do. It sure would be nice to have 4 rubber contact points on the concrete on the back of the truck. Especially when the roads are wet. And besides that, "e" rated tires are what, 3000 lbs(approx) each at max pressure? The 3000 lbs heavy pin box takes up most of 1 tires carrying copacity?
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Hey this is great info from everyone here.... thank you very much!!!!

I have looked at upgrading too bigger brakes and an exhust brake system.... but by the law my truck is only rated 20k GCWR.... you are right I'm way over my rating.... so can I upgrade my truck class offically with doing upgrades like these? Has anyone done that or can it be done?

Otherwise I need to look for a 7.3L F450 rare truck!!! Cuz I'm not sold on the new engine yet tell after it gets some years under its belt!!!!

Once again everyone has made great points.... the truck will pull it do to the legend of this engine... however the brakes worry me... they are smaller than the newer trucks... axles are the same though! So I know my GAWR is not a worry.... The DRW would be nice insurance but I can live without it would be limited towing.... only for TDYs and some summer trips !
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Unless you just can't live without the DRV, I think I would shop for a different 5'ver
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Ford F250 2000, pulling 16k unit 32ft 5th wheel

My truck has pulled me through some steep climbs but there have been a couple of times that I got down to 40 mpr...if you try to pull 20k with this, it better be in top condition or live in Kansas and stay there.
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I know this is an old thread but I am in a similar predicament and am going to be towing a DRV 43' 18,500 lbs with 3600 on the pin. has anyone considered the safety hitch with airbags? or is there another thread here that I didn't see. BTW my rig is a 2011 F250 6.7 - the only thing I am worried about is will it pull up the Rockies with that much weight? With the safety hitch I am not concerned with stopping, only with will my engine and tranny hold up?
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I know this is an old thread but I am in a similar predicament and am going to be towing a DRV 43' 18,500 lbs with 3600 on the pin. has anyone considered the safety hitch with airbags? or is there another thread here that I didn't see. BTW my rig is a 2011 F250 6.7 - the only thing I am worried about is will it pull up the Rockies with that much weight? With the safety hitch I am not concerned with stopping, only with will my engine and tranny hold up?
I would post your question in the 6.7L forum and the towing/trailer/5th wheel forum. The biggest thing that catches my eye at first glance is 3,600lb pin weight. That's about 1,000 pounds + over payload capacity. That is one heavy load
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Here's the 2011 towing guide:

https://www.fleet.ford.com/resources...ng%20Guide.pdf
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I would post your question in the 6.7L forum and the towing/trailer/5th wheel forum. The biggest thing that catches my eye at first glance is 3,600lb pin weight. That's about 1,000 pounds + over payload capacity. That is one heavy load
Yes it is, however the safety hitch will handle the weight, and the braking - so on the payload I am not concerned. And yes I guess it would be more appropriate to post in the 6.7 section, however I came across this thread in a general google search and because the question was so similar I thought I would chime in. Will the 7.3 engine tranny pull that kind of weight up the Rockies? (And if the 7.3 can do it - it is reasonable to assume a newer engine and tranny could as well?) If someone has hauled in this kind of steep grade situation, with a heavy 5vr I would appreciate the feedback.
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I know this is an old thread but I am in a similar predicament and am going to be towing a DRV 43' 18,500 lbs with 3600 on the pin. has anyone considered the safety hitch with airbags? or is there another thread here that I didn't see. BTW my rig is a 2011 F250 6.7 - the only thing I am worried about is will it pull up the Rockies with that much weight? With the safety hitch I am not concerned with stopping, only with will my engine and tranny hold up?

Please point to the link where this "safety hitch" is marketed.

It sounds like they've figured out a way to defy the laws of physics, and that kind of secret should be held close in the hands of National Security, not running amok in the beds of RV'rs.
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Please point to the link where this "safety hitch" is marketed.

It sounds like they've figured out a way to defy the laws of physics, and that kind of secret should be held close in the hands of National Security, not running amok in the beds of RV'rs.
I didn't want to post the link as I thought some here may think I was trying to advertise. - I am in no way affiliated in any capacity with this company.

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Thanks! I've seen that thing in person when "Mr. Truck" (Kent S.) towed it to the horse expo. I won't call the NSA.
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Thanks! I've seen that thing in person when "Mr. Truck" (Kent S.) towed it to the horse expo. I won't call the NSA.
Ok - so now that we have the weight, and the braking issue resolved. Back to the original question if anyone with info on whether or not these trucks can tote that kind of weight up/down the Rockies or a similar grade without major engine or tranny problems?
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