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Old 09-21-2005, 04:41 PM   #1
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I am considering an '06 Sunnybrook 3310 which is 33'9" and approx. 7300 lbs. dry goss wt., with options. Hitch is 995#. Loaded up, we'd probably go to about 8000# or so I'd reckon.
My question is specific to the tow vehicle. I am planning to purchase an '04 or '05 Ford either F250 or 350 (4x4/quad cab). If the 250, should it be diesel in order to handle the load?
The gasser with the 4.3 Axle states that it can tow 8400# which seems to cut it a little close. If it could handle this load, would you think sway bar too?
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Old 09-21-2005, 04:41 PM   #2
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I am considering an '06 Sunnybrook 3310 which is 33'9" and approx. 7300 lbs. dry goss wt., with options. Hitch is 995#. Loaded up, we'd probably go to about 8000# or so I'd reckon.
My question is specific to the tow vehicle. I am planning to purchase an '04 or '05 Ford either F250 or 350 (4x4/quad cab). If the 250, should it be diesel in order to handle the load?
The gasser with the 4.3 Axle states that it can tow 8400# which seems to cut it a little close. If it could handle this load, would you think sway bar too?
Thanks!
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Old 09-28-2005, 09:03 AM   #3
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I think you are cutting the tow rating way short--manual on my '04 says 6.8/3.73=9700, 6.8/4.30 = 12500 manual; 6.8//3.73=10200, 6.8/4.30=12500 auto. The 6.8 will handle the load easily, best with the 4.30, but it will kill you on gas mileage. Go with the diesel, but any Superduty 250/350 will pull that trailer.

Also, on the trailer weight: I have a 30FKS SB and the 'dry' weight in the brochure is 6400, BUT as delivered with options is 7509. Brochure weights don't account for anything but the trailer, not even the propane tanks. Is the 7300 off the label in the trailer cabinet? And camping with only 700 lbs added weight is probably not realistic, unless you can really force yourself to not take anything but the bare necessities.
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The conservative approach is to use the trailer's GVWR as the loaded weight, and 12% (bumper pull) or 20% (5th wheel) of the trailer's GVWR as hitch/pin weight when making your calculations.

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Thanks guys. I went with the F-350 Diesel. I don't like worrying about what to take/not take.
Besides, I'll always have room to upgrade further.
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One thing with starting with an extremely capable tow vehicle to begin with, you will avoid the common buyers remorse the first time you climb a big hill or encounter a strong head wind while pulling, your truck will still have power to spare! WHAT HILL?

Wow, congrats on a great sounding tow vehicle and trailer!

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