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Old 03-20-2023, 05:37 PM   #1
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F-350 for towing

I currently have a 42í 5er that is 16k base weight....

Iím considering the purchase of a nice used F250/F350 for towing it...

Interested in hearing from those of you that tow with either....
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What do you mean by '16K base weight'?

42'.........F350 SRW minimum depending on what the GVWR is?

42'........F350 Dually for best case scenario
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Read the yellow sticker on the truck door post. Some 350 trucks have lower cargo capacity than 250 Super Duty trucks.
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16,000 lbs empty weight....
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Iím actively searching for a F350 4x4 with either a 6.4 or 6.7 diesel engine....
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16,000 lbs empty weight....
You need the GVWR to figure out which F350

22% of GVWR for WET Pin weight......amount of weight added to the trucks rear axle (not to exceed RAWR)
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16,000 lbs empty weight....
Well best e Looking at an F350 DRW, if 16,000# is dry weight GVWR will be above m18,000# more like 19,000# to 20,000#.
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This online towing calculator will accurately and safely match a tow vehicle to your trailer. Note, it requires actual weights in some blocks. The calculator also removes all the chest-beating and salesman hype from the decision.


IMO for that size trailer you'll love the towing stability of a dually.
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16,000 lbs empty weight....
It's pretty simple....with an empty trailer weight of 16K lbs, the GVWR of the trailer is going to very likely be well north of 18/19K lbs and that will need a Dually with a payload in the 5000 + lb range.
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Iím actively searching for a F350 4x4 with either a 6.4 or 6.7 diesel engine....
So looking from a 2008 to 2023? The older trucks may not have the necessary payload for a trailer the size you are looking at.
It would be helpful if you listed the make, model, and year trailer you are looking at.
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Iím actively searching for a F350 4x4 with either a 6.4 or 6.7 diesel engine....

Iíd avoid the 6.4 and the 2008-2010 trucks as they have radiator leak issues and the 6.4 had some problems of its own.

Iíd go as late a model year you can afford with a 6.7 and ask for service records.
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What is the best F350 Duly & what rear end gear ratio,,,,the very best to haul a large fifth wheel toy hauler? Like a big grand design toy haulerÖ.I like the Fords from 2021 and newer, because of the 10 speed automatic transmission.. ideas?
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16,000 lbs empty weight....
You need to be looking at the trailer GVWR and 22% of the GVWR for loaded pin weight.

That much dry weight and 42 ft long, you will need a properly equipped 1 ton diesel dual rear wheel truck.

Do not kid yourself with dry weights and brochure max towing capacity. We are selling a 40-foot 3 axle 5er that was 16,500 # dry weight and we were 19,300# loaded with no wastewater and 20 gallons of fresh water. Pin weight was 4200#/

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I currently own a 42í Heartland Bighorn with 5 slides... Itís ďemptyĒ weight is 16k lbs....
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