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Old 11-28-2012, 07:22 AM   #15
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Thanks for the advice on the goose neck. I went for the B&W 3300….. Placed the order with Tweedys Monday at 11AM….. Hitch was in the driveway the very next morning …..That’s less than 24 hours and the S&H was free… that will give me something to do over the weekend….. Still waiting on trailer… maybe 3 more weeks….
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:52 AM   #16
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Note: the Reese 25k 5th wheel hitch is heavy - I have removed mine by myself...but it was not easy and may never do it again by myself. It really takes 2 guys. The 18k hitch might be less heavy.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:18 AM   #17
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Your prep pkg is intended to have either an 18k or 25k Reese Elite fifth wheel hitch. No other brand will work, so choose either of those. ... Only the Reese Elite 5er hitch will fit your prep pkg.
Well, as you have learned from the above thread, I haven't kept up with the fast-moving market. B&W and Hensley both now make 5er hitches that will plug into the Ford fifth-wheel/gooseneck prep pkg. And I suspect others will begin making them too. Just like the Reese above-bed rails became the industry standard for in-bed 5er install kits , it looks like the Reese Elite under-bed rails will also become an industry standard. So if you don't like Reese for some reason, then check out other manufacturers of 5er hitches and see if they now make a hitch that will plug into the Ford optional Reese Elite prep pkg.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:53 PM   #18
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Most important decision with the Ford super duty trucks is the rear end gear ratio. Download the Ford tow specs and read them before you make your decision and do yourself a big favor and do not rely on anything told to you by a salesperson at the dealership.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:34 PM   #19
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You don't have much choice for rear axle ratio on a new SuperDuty.

With diesel engine, SRW pickups get 3.31 ratio std. 3.55 is available only if you order an uprated front suspension pkg, such as heavy service front suspension, snowplow, or camper pkg. Both 3.31 and 3.55 have the same GCWR of 23,500. The camper pkg certainly won't hurt anything, and comes with the 3.55 ratio. So lots of folks go that way.

With diesel engine, F-350 DRW pickup gets a 3.73 ratio and 30,500 GVWR. Period. No options.

With standard diesel engine, F-450 pickup gets 4.30 ratio and 33k GCWR. Period. No options.

Gassers have a bit more choice. You can choose 3.73 or 4.30 ratios. SRW GCWRs with 3.73 = 19,000. F-350 DRW with 3.73 = 19,500. With 4.30 ratio, GCWRs are 22,000 SRW and 22,500 DRW.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:33 PM   #20
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Hmmm, our 2012 cc lariat has the 3.55 gears and 20" tires, but doesn't have those options...


oh wait - I have the trailer pkg - guess that's the same as the camper pkg
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Hmmm, our 2012 cc lariat has the 3.55 gears and 20" tires, but doesn't have those options...
You're right. Another way to get 3.55 axle ratio on an SRW diesel is to order 20" wheels. I guess my old foggieness is showing because I would never consider ordering 20" wheels on a pickup intended for towing more than a rowboat, so I sorta skipped over that line in the order guide.


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oh wait - I have the trailer pkg - guess that's the same as the camper pkg
No. Everybody has the trailer pkg. It's been standard on SuperDuty diesels for over 10 years now.
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But, Smokey, its sooo COOL to have 20s...
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I had them on my wifes Nav, now on the MKX--am looking for a set of 18s. 20" wheels/tires are for looks and racing? not for comfort and safety and long wear.
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You are right -
they do look better and since they were included on the new 2012, I got em....

IMHO the larger circumference rides and wears better...
but I won't be passive aggressive in MY response you can get what you want and I can do the same (so far)
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