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Old 06-03-2005, 05:21 PM   #1
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I am contemplating a 2005 F350 6. auto 4x2 with SRW. It only comes with a 3.73 rear end. Has any body had enough experience with this to tell me if I can handel my 31 1/2, hitchhiker rated at 14,400 and usually loaded to about 13,500. Iam used to an old (97) PSD 7.3 with auto and 4.10 rear end. Any comments are welcome.

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Old 06-03-2005, 05:21 PM   #2
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I am contemplating a 2005 F350 6. auto 4x2 with SRW. It only comes with a 3.73 rear end. Has any body had enough experience with this to tell me if I can handel my 31 1/2, hitchhiker rated at 14,400 and usually loaded to about 13,500. Iam used to an old (97) PSD 7.3 with auto and 4.10 rear end. Any comments are welcome.

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Old 06-03-2005, 05:54 PM   #3
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Lvotto,

With the increased tow ratings for the new Fords, it should handle your trailer fine. Yours is identical to mine except for the year. I tow with a dually with 4.10 rears but had a '99 SRW with 3.73's before it.

I was towing a HHII @ 13,800# GVWR with it and it did fine. With the higher ratings for '05 it'll be even better.

You may want to consider a DRW truck for the extra stability and truck's extra GVWR. You'll run out of GVWR on the truck long before you exceed the GCWR of the rig.
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Ultimately, you need to look at the actual weights.

I recently discoved that my 8,000 lb 5th wheel was putting 1,700 lbs of pin weight on to the truck. This put my GVWR at max, even though I had plenty of weight left on the individual GAWRs. The units total is 80% of GCWR.

But it depends on your actuals. A trip to the scale would be good idea.
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I have a Dodge, however the gearing issue is common to all towing trucks. Dodge recommends the 3.73 diff for use towing, but nearly all pickups sold seem to have the 3.55 gears. This is due to the CAFE requirments and not related to towing. I just replaced my 3.55 gears with 4.11 gears to better tow our new, heavier, 5er. I am well satisfied with the setup and consider the $700 spent to have it done, worth the effort. Visit this website Gear calculator for a gear calculator, gear pricing, and other usefull information. I think your proposed truck will pull your stated load satisfactorly.
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Old 06-07-2005, 04:17 AM   #6
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my GMC 3500 Dually has 3.73 gears and I am towing a trailer with GVWR of 16K#. Still under the GVWR and GCWR of the truck and it pulls just fine. I agree with Richard. Go with the Dually. I've pulled with both a SRW and DRW. Dually is much more stable.
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Old 06-09-2005, 10:38 PM   #7
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The key is and has been said, PAYLOAD weight, actual payload weight. To ensure you don't exceed this get the dually. You will not regret it and also get the 4.10's. The other option is to get another lighter trailer
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Old 06-13-2005, 03:22 PM   #8
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Thanks to all of you. I appreciate the help. Will go with the SRW 3.73 positract. Dually won't fit throught the gates on the ranch.

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Old 06-25-2005, 08:30 PM   #9
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I was told by Ford that you can actually tow more with the SRW when compaired to the DRW. I was told that the extra tires and fenders on the DRW takes away from your CCC.

II am talking about F250 and F350
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cboh1, that is correct, however you need to read the foot notes on the tow rating. If does say to not exceed either the GVWR or GAWR when acheiving this rating. When you pull a 5er, the GVWR of the truck and the pin weight becomes an issue. A typical larger 5er will run close to 18 to 20% of the trailers GVWR on thepin which places a load on the truck that is much heigher than a TT. If you are looking at a 16,000 trailer, the pin weight could be close to 3200# which is going to overload most SRW trucks.

So yes a SRW can pull more than a DRW, but it can not haul more. There are two parts of the weight equation with a 5er. I wish Ford and the others would explain this better in their literature rather than mislead the people with partial information.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by K-Star:
my GMC 3500 Dually has 3.73 gears and I am towing a trailer with GVWR of 16K#. Still under the GVWR and GCWR of the truck and it pulls just fine. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I will correct myself now. After a pull thru some hilly area's this past week, I could really tell that the trailer was there. A few hills I lost 5 to 10 mph and on others I struggled to keep up to speed. In `02, 3:73 was the only rear GM offered on the dually. Now they offer 4:10's.

I have an F-350 on order with the TowBoss package. Gives me 4:30's. I know I will have decreased fuel mileage, but I generally stay under 65 anyway so I'm thinking it won't be all that bad.
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K-Star - get you a Dodge Ram 3500 equipped with a Cummins Turbo Diesel and you can stay with the 4.10's and pass all the Ford's and Chevys with that load.

...and get decent fuel mileage to boot!
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