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Old 07-03-2016, 04:36 PM   #29
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I bought a 2015 F350 and had the puck system installed for $450 locally.....love the puck system with the B&W hitch!
That's very reasonable. I had the dealer price the parts (Reese) plus the install as I don't have time to do it. We buy hitches at wholesale and retail price on the Reese puck system and gooseneck ball + mount is around $800 wholesale is alittle under $600. I ordered the 20k B&W hitch and the gooseneck ball for $300 less than over the parts counter. Hate to do it, but got to save money when we can. Ford wanted $250 for the ball alone!
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Old 07-03-2016, 04:41 PM   #30
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I bought a 2015 F350 and had the puck system installed for $450 locally.....love the puck system with the B&W hitch!
Was that the Ford OEM fifth wheel/gooseneck install kit - i.e., the Reese Elite underbed install kit? If it was, it lists for $569 and you can order it from ETrailer.com for 468.55. If you only paid $450 installed, whoever installed it probably won't be in business much longer.
https://www.etrailer.com/Fifth-Wheel...leid=201627124
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It was just the underbed rail kit...no gooseneck
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Old 07-04-2016, 08:09 AM   #32
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Check the HP/Torque of the chassis/cab F450. They are derated to 300HP/660 FP, while the same engine in the F350/450 has 440HP/860 FP. This was the case when I made the purchase of our company's 2012 F550 CC. It also has a significantly lower 5th wheel tow rating than it's comparable pickup version. 20,500 vs 31,200. Look it up yourself. 2016 Ford Chassis/Cab
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Installed the B&W hitch this morning and decided to hook the trailer and see how the truck will sit, that way we can make any hitch adjustments prior to camping. Took it out for a shakedown 15 mile run. I think we made the right choice. The difference in a F350 SRW vs DRW is like a F150 vs F250. Yes, you can get by with the lighter truck at max capacity, but your experience is more enjoyable with the heavier one. Filled with fuel and pulled across the scales at:

Front 5,000 / 5,600 rated
Rear 7,400 / 9,650 rated
GVW 12,400 / 14,000 rated
GCW 23,720 /31,500 rated

That would leave us 1,600 lbs for passengers, cargo, and yet to be installed grill guard (200 lbs).

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Installed the B&W hitch this morning and decided to hook the trailer and see how the truck will sit, that way we can make any hitch adjustments prior to camping. Took it out for a shakedown 15 mile run. I think we made the right choice. The difference in a F350 SRW vs DRW is like a F150 vs F250. Yes, you can get by with the lighter truck at max capacity, but your experience is more enjoyable with the heavier one. Filled with fuel and pulled across the scales at:

Front 5,000 / 5,600 rated
Rear 7,400 / 9,650 rated
GVW 12,400 / 14,000 rated
GCW 23,720 /31,500 rated

That would leave us 1,600 lbs for passengers, cargo, and yet to be installed grill guard (200 lbs).

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Were these Cat Scales? Front seems very light.
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Yes, I was surprised at the front axle. On the '09 SRW it was rated for 6K and loaded was around 5,300. I'm wondering if the '11's are that much lighter on the front? Might have something to do with the lower weight capacity? We did install the grill guard today, I suppose that might add 150-200 lbs.
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Yes, I was surprised at the front axle. On the '09 SRW it was rated for 6K and loaded was around 5,300. I'm wondering if the '11's are that much lighter on the front? Might have something to do with the lower weight capacity? We did install the grill guard today, I suppose that might add 150-200 lbs.
Nice looking truck, and barn, BTW. I would say you are in excellent shape for towing. My previous 2013 F350 DRW / Cyclone 4100, fully loaded, weighed 30,350. That was with a 4010 Mule and a Weber gas grill in the garage, full water tank, and 67 gal. diesel. We travelled 17K mi, including the mountains of AZ and UT before we traded it.
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Thanks, My wife and I are pretty proud of it. As for the barn, I wish we could buy it, owner won't sell it, it's right at the end of our block and would be great for our needs....makes for a nice backdrop for pictures though! LOL!

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