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Old 06-05-2004, 03:50 PM
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F150 7700

I would like to hear from anyone with information on the differences between the F150, the F150 7700, and the F250. All have the 5.4 engine. I need towing capacity, tongue weight limits for 5th Wheel, etc. Any information on the differences between these three configurations would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Hi AND welcome to FTE, scroll down to F150 97-2003 forum and theyll be glad to help , and i allso own a 7 lugger. great truck
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ok where are our 7700 gurus?
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ohm..... ohm.... ohm.......... .Huh???

well first off the f250 Light duty 97-99 and f150 00-04?, are the same truck.
they have a stiffened frame, larger brakes, stiffer springs,and have 7 lug wheels, and more towing capicity then a standred F150. now the largest i've towed is 7300lbs on a single axle trailor equiped with electric brakes, with about 900lbs tongue weight,with a reese hitch. i found that to be to much for safe towing, my bed dropped 3 1/2 inches, it pulled the load fine power wise,but i was not very comfortable doing it. now pulling a heavier load with my tamdom trailor with about 150-200lbs tongue weight it felt great

my truck is equiped with a 3.73 limited slip, tow pack, 4x4 extra cab short bed 5.4 e4od trans. all stock

for 5th wheel set up i cant help you with, but if you are going to due alot of towing with a 5th wheel than you might consider a superduty with a diesel.

i like my truck alot and am very satified with what it can haul, also it will maintain speed going up hills while towing...hope that helps

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Thanks. that info sure does help. Your recommendation for a diesel is well taken. I am right now trying to decide between the comfort the F150 7700 Lariat provides and the rather stiff ride of a 2001 F250 with the Powerstroke. That Powerstroke with a leveling kit and stiff shocks sure is a rough ride (it feels every bump in the pavement). Perhaps different shocks will smooth it out a bit.

Thanks for your info.
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the differance in ride will depend on the type of shocks used on both trucks. go to the search engine here and type in shocks, you will be surprized at what you will learn about them.
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A F250 SD with normal shocks rides like that when it is empty. But if you put a little weight in it, it rides pretty good. It's just the nature of the beast, to haul more weight, it has to be stiffer. A standard F250 has a GVW of 8800lbs. 1100 more than the 7700 F150.
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If you encounter the '97-'99 LD's you must ensure the GVWR is 7700lbs, as they manufactured many of them in the 7200lb class. I'm sure these are the 4.6 trucks, though.

Depending on what you put in the truck (truck's base weight is around 5000), the 7700 has a GCWR of 13500lbs with the 3.73's. The '02s and '03s also had an option of 4.10s with a higher GCWR 15000lbs, but I think those were only on 2wd regular cab trucks.

The weight in the bed would be 7700 lbs minus all the weight added (even oil and gas take up weight) I'm figuring you could throw another 1000-1500lbs in the bed easily once you put people and equipment in. Subtract that number from the 13500 and you have the true trailering weight limit. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 7000-7500lbs. The actual rating Ford gives is around 8000-8600lbs depending on cab configuration and drive type.

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If you encounter the '97-'99 LD's you must ensure the GVWR is 7700lbs, as they manufactured many of them in the 7200lb class. I'm sure these are the 4.6 trucks, though.

Depending on what you put in the truck (truck's base weight is around 5000), the 7700 has a GCWR of 13500lbs with the 3.73's. The '02s and '03s also had an option of 4.10s with a higher GCWR 15000lbs, but I think those were only on 2wd regular cab trucks.

The weight in the bed would be 7700 lbs minus all the weight added (even oil and gas take up weight) I'm figuring you could throw another 1000-1500lbs in the bed easily once you put people and equipment in. Subtract that number from the 13500 and you have the true trailering weight limit. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 7000-7500lbs. The actual rating Ford gives is around 8000-8600lbs depending on cab configuration and drive type.

Wasn't too thrilled with Harry Potter this time. Seemed to jump around the book alot and did not follow it very well.

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I have a 2000 f150 7700 and I pull a 35 ft nomad travel trailer with a 1000 lbs tongue weight using a weight transferring hitch a d have zero problems with ha dealing it at 65mph

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My first truck was a 2001 F150 XLT 7700 4WD and it was a pretty impressive truck for what it was. Being a a Heavy Half Ton or a Light 3/4 Ton it was pretty stout for a light duty tow vehicle for the most part. Mine had the 5.4 Triton of coarse and also had the 3.73 gearing. When I bought mine used, it actually came equipped with triple stacked helper springs on top of it's 4 factory leaf springs which helped tremendously with any serious weight in the bed or on the trailer hitch. I towed my 16' pintle hitch equipment trailer with it frequently. Hauling cars, scrap metal, furniture and what not with it. It did a pretty bang up job, I eventually went with an 01 F350 Super Duty which is my current truck, it's also got the gasser 5.4 Triton engine, has 4WD and I do notice a better amount of power when towing as well as stopping and maintaining control of my trailer with my 1 ton over the heavy half ton. The 1 ton's a crew cab, long bed and has a much superior wheel base than my ext cab short bed 7700 had. I tow the same trailer with my 1 ton and I feel the difference when stopping and getting the extra get up and go. Also note that my 1 ton's got the 3.73 gears as well, I'm thinking about swapping those for 4.10 gears however but not 100% yet.
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This was my 01 F150 7700 4WD. The photo of the helper springs was when my buddy & I was replacing my rear axle seals and diff gasket a few summers back. Click the image to open in full size.

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Also note that the factory stamped GVWR of the F150 7700 is...well 7700 lbs where as an F250 of the similar year(s) is rated at 8800 lbs and an F350 like my 01 has a GVWR of 9900 lbs (SRW)
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that should help. it is for the F150/7700, which should be the same as the F250SD, all for 97-03.
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