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Old 05-31-2017, 10:36 PM   #1
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Towing capacity

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, 03:27 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, 12:16 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, 09:53 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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Old 06-02-2017, 10:00 AM   #5
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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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