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Old 05-31-2017, 11:36 PM   #1
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I wanted to buy a 2017 F250 6.7 Turbo Diesel 4 wheel drive. For now its more truck than what I need. But in the future I would like to get a fifth wheel. I heard Ford is rating this truck at 18000 lbs towing capacity?
Anyone have one?
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Old 06-01-2017, 04:27 AM   #2
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I have a 2013 Lariat. It's rated tow weight is supposed to be 14,000 pounds but that's not the number to look at. The important number is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The door sticker on my truck says the GVWR is 10,000 pounds. Now subtract the weight of the truck with fuel and passengers and the stuff in the back seat and you have how much tongue weight you can handle. When I weighed my truck with passengers and stuff it came to 8280 pounds. That leaves me with 1,720 pounds I can put on the hitch. However my 2" receiver adapter is only rated for 1,200 pounds. This might not apply to you if you're looking at a 5th wheel type hitch.
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Old 06-01-2017, 01:16 PM   #3
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Occupant is right, it's not tow rating that matters, it's the payload rating. That diesel engine weighs at least 500 lbs more than the gas engine. So you will easily gain 500 lbs. of payload by getting the gas engine. If you are looking to pull a fifth wheel, you will likely need a truck with at least 2500 lbs of payload. While a similar sized travel trailer will probably only require about 2000 lbs of payload.


Before you spend $40K - $50K for a truck I would suggest you do some research on the weight ratings, what they mean, and what you need for the 5th wheel you want. Check out Learn & Research
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Old 06-01-2017, 10:53 PM   #4
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Before you spend $40K - $50K for a truck I would suggest you do some research on the weight ratings, what they mean, and what you need for the 5th wheel you want. Check out Learn & Research
$40k - $50k sure wouldn't buy you a 2017 F-350 maybe be a 2012 or 2013.
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For the little extra cost I'm considering this now. 6.7 Diesel engine 4 wheel drive. If I'm gonna go into debt for a while mine as well make it good.

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Good call. Nice looking rig. As long as you have to pay for it, you might as well enjoy it. Nothing worse that paying for something you don't love.
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A good choice if you decide to go with one of the big toy haulers. I think you'll love it.
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Aren't those Fords made out of recycled aluminum beer cans?
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I may not be PC but I tow my fifth wheel with a F250 . Its probably in a weight range loaded with large motorcycles of 15 to 16k.. It's a load to pull and probably way over the rating of the truck but I have pulled it all over the Appalachians from Florida to Maine and back and no problems pulling or stopping.
I am not bragging but I see many many F250 pulling the same big rigs everywhere.
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Aren't those Fords made out of recycled aluminum beer cans?
Yup... drink beer, support America!

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Sounds good. I was almost sold on the 250 when I saw the price difference was about $3000. That's when I was sold on the 350. Hope to get 20 years at least out of it like my 4 wheel drive Silverado which I still have and use to tow my Aerolite 242. I plan on taking this ford from one end of the country to the other and back! With a fifth wheel eventually.
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Sounds good. I was almost sold on the 250 when I saw the price difference was about $3000. That's when I was sold on the 350. Hope to get 20 years at least out of it like my 4 wheel drive Silverado which I still have and use to tow my Aerolite 242. I plan on taking this ford from one end of the country to the other and back! With a fifth wheel eventually.
I have good luck with all my Ford's, driven several to over 300,000 miles over the years. Our 2003 F150 has around 250,000 on it. Currently it is semi retired, but still sees weekly use around the farm. I have one old 96 F350 SRW PSD 4x4 that has over 500k on it, odometer broke years ago.

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Towing capacity

How is this calculated strictly by weight of the truck or a combination of weight and engine horsepower just wondering I have a 2006 F-250 6.0 diesel that has some modification to engine
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How is this calculated strictly by weight of the truck or a combination of weight and engine horsepower just wondering I have a 2006 F-250 6.0 diesel that has some modification to engine
Combination of the following factors:

Engine horsepower & torque
rear axle (single or dual real wheels)
axle gear ratio
suspension
wheel base
weight of truck
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Just a thought...

I know the single vs. dually debate will always be a matter of personal preference... but yesterday was one of those days that sure made me glad I was towing with a wide-ass truck.

Oklahoma City to Tucumcari, NM... I-40 all the way... pretty easy day. Except for 70-degree crosswind component at 35-40 mph all the way!

The entire trip felt like the wheels were falling off. Flat terrain with nothing to block the wind from the south... and the rig was like a big sail. 18-wheelers were having the same issues... and when they were ahead of me, I could see their trailers swaying also.

Necessary? Maybe not... I saw others pulling conventional 5th wheels with F-250s and such. But every toy hauler I saw was being pulled by a dually, and I sure was glad that I was too.
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I'll just chime in with my experience. For pulling a 5th wheel I went to a 2011 Silverado 3500, DRW,Duramax, Allison. And I kept the wife's 2002 Dodge Dakota (got her a 2012 Tacoma).

All three are four-door, four wheel drive.

I've had the Silverado since Nov 12, 2010 and just turned over 70,000 miles. I want it to last me a long time...so it spends most of the time sitting on the concrete pad beside the shop building. Have two uses for it. 1.) pulling the Voltage 3800 5th 2.) long trips in just a truck, but where comfort for my busted up self is most important.

Just my thoughts.

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