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I have a 1997 F250HD with a 5.8L and 3:55 gears. Motor and tranny have less than 1000 miles on them. I was wondering if anyone can tell me what the towing capacity is using a 5th wheel hitch. Also from the manual it says that I can only standard tow 5900# which seems pretty low to me, since the 1996 Ram 1500 I just got rid of could tow 7700#. Why so low of capacity? any info you can give me or point me in the right direction. I have been searching for months and cannot find any real answers. Thanks in advance.
I was under the impression that 5th wheel towing didn't follow the same rules as traditional towing when it came to GCVW - curb weight, because most trucks you see a higher 5th wheel capacity then traditional towing or is that only with newer trucks? Thanks.
GCWR is GCWR. It doesnt matter bumper pull or 5th wheel.
Not sure foe a 5.8 auto 3:55 truck
but my Powerstroke 5spd 4:10 truck GCWR is 20,000. My truck weighs 7500 so that means I can tow 12,500. The only weigh I cpould tow 12.5k is using a 5th wheel/goosneck. My bumper pull hitch is only rated for 12k
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Thank you for clearing that up. I wasn't thinking that in order to tow above a certain amount it would be required to have a 5th wheel hitch because of the weight rating. I was still surprised that my 3/4 ton F250 has a lower rating than a year older 1/2 ton Ram 1500. It doesn't make any sense to me of why it is so low. The F250 is night and day better than my Ram ever was. It is hands down a better built truck with a drastic improvement in the chassis and drive train.
Great chart. What if you had a 351 with a cam, 1.7 rr an headers. Your hp an tq numbers would be better then the psd an 460. Does that mean you can look at the bottom lines for your specific cab an drivetrain combo ?
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