Originally Posted by Vcarbona
I'm thinking that we're gonna need to go f-250 but what kind of TT can I safely pull with that?
The short answer is up to about 10,000 pounds trailer GVWR.
But similar to the F-150, the full answer depends on exactly which F-250 body, drivetrain, rear axle ratio, and maybe some options you go for.
All F-250s have the same 10,000 pounds GVWR, so the regular cab 4x2 with 6.2L engine would have the most payload available for hitch weight, and the CrewCab 4x4 diesel longbed would have the least.
The conventional trailer tow rating on most of the F-250s is 12,500 max with the 6.2L gassers and 14,000 pounds for the diesels. But those are myths that ignore hitch weight and assume there is nothing in the truck but a skinny driver.
So with a gas engine in a new F-250, you can tow any TT with GVWR less than about 10,000 pounds (the 12,500 tow rating is overstated). With a diesel engine, you can go a bit heavier up to a TT with up to about 11,000 GVWR unless your F-250 is the heaviest version of CrewCab 4x4 diesel.
1) My daughter recently needed a new pickup to tow my granddaughter's horse trailer with GVWR of 7,000 pounds. She didn't want fancy, the SuperCab had all the room in it she needed, and 15-year-old granddaughter insisted on the shorty bed so it would look kool around her high school. And hubby was coming out of a Jeep, so he really, really wanted 4x4. So: F-250 SuperCab XL shorty 4x4 6.2L. GVWR 10,000, GCWR 19,000. The tow rating of 12,500 assumes the wet and loaded tow vehicle weighs no more than 6,500 pounds. Add cab steps for the short folks (like me), and add the Ford integrated trailer brake controller. Plain Jane with manual windows and doorlocks and hose-it-out interior. They are overjoyed with their new truck, and it is more than enough truck to safely tow their 7,000 pound horse trailer to the rodeo barrel races.
2) Move up a few notches in cost and the typical new F-250 is a CrewCab Lariat shorty 4x4 with diesel engine. Heavier truck, so you have to pay attention to payload. 10,000 pounds GVWR minus about 8,500 pounds for the wet and loaded truck leaves 1500 pounds for hitch weight. And 1500 pounds hitch weight translates into a TT with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds.
So either way, consider TTs with GVWR less than 10,000 pounds.
If 10,000 GVWR is still a bit too small for your desires, then consider an F-350 SRW tow vehicle. Almost identical to the F-250 in every way, except they have 1,500 pounds more GVWR, which translates into more than 1,400 pounds more available payload for hitch weight. So instead of 10,000 pounds trailer behind a diesel, you could probably get closer to the 14,000 pound tow rating without being overloaded..