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Old 10-21-2019, 09:50 PM   #1
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Max tow weight for a 1996 ford f250 7.3 diesel towing a 5th wheel

Can anyone tell the max trailer weight
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Old 10-21-2019, 10:27 PM   #2
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makes a difference what, rear end ratio, 4x4or 4x2
manual or auto
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Old 10-21-2019, 10:49 PM   #3
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Weigh the truck fully loaded....subtract rear axle weight from RAWR
Difference in weight is what you can add to rear axle in the form of wet pin weight
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Old 10-22-2019, 02:10 AM   #4
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makes a difference what, rear end ratio, 4x4or 4x2
manual or auto
It is a 4x2 3.55 auto
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A Google search that I used shows 8,000lbs to 10,000lbs conventional towing for a 1996 F-250. That was from a Ford forum general comments.

Not sure when a 1/2 ton truck had 1,000lbs payload and 3/4 ton truck had 1,500lb payload but back in the mid 90's that might have been true.

Even in today's trucks, 2011 and newer, a F-250 diesel really can not tow even a mid sized 5th wheel because the payload is too low. A mid sized 5th wheel just puts too much weight on a diesel truck.

For your truck I would stick to the small 5th wheels that would only put 1,000 - 1,500lb of weight on the truck. I say this because payload of a current F-250 diesel is about 2,300lbs. I know in 1996 that truck is not as strong as more current trucks.

The frame is old school mild steel which would worry me. My friend's 1997 frame had a kinds of problems from rust to breaks. He welded the frame back together a few times. His 7.3 litre diesel was not very powerful either.
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Don't worry about towing capacity, you'll run out of payload capacity long before you reach towing capacity with a fifth wheel camping trailer.
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Don't worry about towing capacity, you'll run out of payload capacity long before you reach towing capacity with a fifth wheel camping trailer.
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I had a more-powerful '99.5 F-250 SuperDuty 4x2 CrewCab PowerStroke turbo-diesel I put over 100,000 towing miles on (200k total miles) over 10 years. My 25' 5er with one slide (2000 Keystone Sprinter 25RKS) had GVWR of 8,900 pounds and usually grossed about 9,000 pounds when loaded for a cross-country trip. I hot-rodded the engine to 300 HP with a towing tune, so no problem pulling that 9k 5er over the mountain passes. But with just me and DW and a toolbox in the truck, I was slightly overloaded over the GVWR and payload capacity of the truck.

Without the towing tune, that engine had 250 HP, and would downshift out of overdrive for every little bump in the road. Irritating, thus the hot rodding. With an OBS F-250 diesel, I would not want to tow that 9k 5er. YMMV.
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i will look in my factory manual and let you know what it says. i know it gives max for a tongue trailer not sure about 5th wheel, but should be able to figure it out between the #s.
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just need cab configuration then i can give it to you. there is a difference
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I would be interested in seeing both numbers and how the cab configuration affects payload.
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there are the cab and chassis, reg. cab, super cab, and i believe crew cab. it gives me max trailer, max frontal area of trailer, and gcwr.
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there is a diff for 4x4,axle ratio, of course engine, lots of pages.
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Max tow weight for a 1996 ford f250 7.3 diesel towing a 5th wheel

ok heres for op assuming super cab, not sure but there are 2 super cab wbs
139 wb is max gcwr 16k, max trailer weight is 10,400, max frontal area of trailer is 60sq. ftx2
super cab 2 is wb 155 gcwr is 16k, max trailer is 10,200, max frontal is the same.
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ok heres for op assuming super cab, not sure but there are 2 super cab wbs
139 wb is max gcwr 16k, max trailer weight is 10,400, max frontal area of trailer is 60sq. ftx2
super cab 2 is wb 155 gcwr is 16k, max trailer is 10,200, max frontal is the same.

Does the frontal area apply to the 7.3 Diesel? I had no mention of frontal area for our 2001 Ram 2500 CTD. The 10,000# sounds a bit high for the 3.55's but should pull it fine.
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