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Old 05-19-2008, 12:42 PM
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F250 Towing Capacity

I have a 2001 F250 2x4 V-10. I currently pull a 30' 5th wheel weighing 7800'. I am looking to upgrade the 5th wheel but want to find out the maximum weight that I can tow before I upgrade. I have searched high & low only to find several different answers. Anywhere from 10,00 to 14,500 maximum weight.
Can anyone give me the correct maximum towing capacity for my F250? I believe that I have the 3.73 axle.

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Here you go. If you have the 3.73, it still depends on how many doors (regular cab/super/ or crew cab), but it looks like you are at either 10,400, 10,700, or 11,000 pounds. If you had the 4.30 gears, you would be much higher (in the 14,000 pound range). But this is the link:

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Ed,
Thanks for the link! I'm pretty sure that I have the 3.73. However, I'm going to crawl under the truck tonight and check it out. It would be great if I had the 4.3 but due to the fact that it is a 2x4 supercab, I most likely have the 3.73. I'm looking @ a new 5th wheel with a dry weight of 10,500. That might be to much for me to haul with the 3.73.
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Yeah, you would be under your limit, but after loading everything up, and especially if you fill up your water tanks for some boondocking, you would go over pretty quick. On the other hand, you could look at getting the 4.30's put in there. Since it's only 2WD (misread it the first time), it will cost less than doing a 4X4.
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According to the Ford Fleet towing guide, your truck can handle 10,900 lbs. with 3.73 and 12,500 with 4.30's. Sounds like too much trailer if you only have 3.73 axle.

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Well I checked the label on the door post and there was no axle code listed so I crawled under the truck and pulled the code off of the tag on the axle. Can anyone translate the number? It is 73 10 5 0H07. There was also S 141 H on the tag as well.
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call the service dept at the dealer and have them pull it up for you.
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Well I checked the label on the door post and there was no axle code listed so I crawled under the truck and pulled the code off of the tag on the axle. Can anyone translate the number? It is 73 10 5 0H07. There was also S 141 H on the tag as well.
Looks like you have a 373. Your tag starts with "73" but the 3 is probably blocked by a nut. I have a 3L55 (3.55 Limited Slip) on my 1997 F250 and the 3 is blocked also.
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Ok, my wife and I just purchased a 40' 5th wheel with a dry weight of a 14,300 lbs. Loaded, I expect this to go up a thousand pounds. Many people here at out RV park claim that the 250 they own works just fine pulling their 35-38 foot trailers all over the country. While I don't doubt they are telling me the truth, will any 250 do the job pulling my rig say up in Colorado?
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Ok, my wife and I just purchased a 40' 5th wheel with a dry weight of a 14,300 lbs. Loaded, I expect this to go up a thousand pounds. Many people here at out RV park claim that the 250 they own works just fine pulling their 35-38 foot trailers all over the country. While I don't doubt they are telling me the truth, will any 250 do the job pulling my rig say up in Colorado?
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Ok, my wife and I just purchased a 40' 5th wheel with a dry weight of a 14,300 lbs. Loaded, I expect this to go up a thousand pounds. Many people here at out RV park claim that the 250 they own works just fine pulling their 35-38 foot trailers all over the country. While I don't doubt they are telling me the truth, will any 250 do the job pulling my rig say up in Colorado?
Diesel will. I used to live in Grand Junction and the Springs.

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Another for the diesel. I haul a similar weight but it's a 36' cargo fiver and has a lower center of gravity than an RV would have. The RV may be a little less stable but I know you would be fine. May want to add helper springs or air bags to your rear end. Helps me out a lot.
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Ok, my wife and I just purchased a 40' 5th wheel with a dry weight of a 14,300 lbs. Loaded, I expect this to go up a thousand pounds. Many people here at out RV park claim that the 250 they own works just fine pulling their 35-38 foot trailers all over the country. While I don't doubt they are telling me the truth, will any 250 do the job pulling my rig say up in Colorado?

Will and should are two different things. That is a huge trailer, and I expect after it's loaded, it'll go up more than 1000 pounds. You really should go to at least a F-350, if not the F-450. Especially if you will be pulling it often, or in the mountains of Colorado. You will feel better and it's an excuse to get the biggest and baddest truck!
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My 2003 Owners Guide has max trailer weight charts depending on vehicle configuration.
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Ok, my wife and I just purchased a 40' 5th wheel with a dry weight of a 14,300 lbs. Loaded, I expect this to go up a thousand pounds. Many people here at out RV park claim that the 250 they own works just fine pulling their 35-38 foot trailers all over the country. While I don't doubt they are telling me the truth, will any 250 do the job pulling my rig say up in Colorado?
Unless the tanks are full, I say the 1,000 pounds is spot on. I have weighed my 37' camper empty and loaded and and I was at about 900 pounds difference with the tanks empty, and that was loaded for a family of four. Unless you have a lot of heavy extras in the basement, I'd go with the thousand.

There isn't a lot of difference between a 250 and SRW 350. Without looking, I think Ford made some improvements in the 250 in 2004 or 2005 so the towing numbers look remarkably similar between the two. The only major difference is going to be the maximum pin weight.

OP: In addition to just looking at the maximum weight your truck can tow, also look at the GCWR because you can be over it even though you aren't at the max tow weight. Also, make sure you don't get into a trailer that is too heavy at the the kingpin. I once made the mistake of settling for a camper that I really didn't want because it was the max my truck would handle. After only a couple of years, I took it in the shorts to upgrade the trailer and the truck. In hindsight, I should have upgraded to the truck I have now and got the camper I wanted the first time. Good luck and happy campin'
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