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I really need help with this. Ford won't help. They say its too old; buy a new truck from us and stats will be on file. Say that all salespeople from that ancient time are gone.(I think they just don't want to do a manual retrieval from microfiche.) I have a heavy duty 3/4 w/MGVR of 8800 and rear axle 6084. Engine is a Windsor 5.8 gas and tranny has a a HD rebuild (tranny with OD switch). If tag was on differential, it is gone so gear ratio is unknown. Truck has had a lot of updates for towing. Ford told me turning wheels and counting rev per one of driveshft not good. Ford op manual gone b4 I bought truck. New rear leafs on truck with 800# over a one ton rating. I have Husky 3,750 tongue wt/15,000 trailer wt FW hitch. Will this safely tow a 94 Mountain Aire 39 ft w/13,480# dry wt)? One time tow from MI to AL to set on owned lot. Thanks for your help.

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These are numbers from my 97 extended cab 8 foot bed Diesel F250 HD

Not sure how they would apply to your truck

Per Ford Sticker , actual scaled weights ( Full of fuel, 2 passengers and Hitch)
GVWR 8800lbs 6600lbs
GFAR 4075lbs 3760lbs
GRAR 6048lbs 2840lbs


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Posted: 07/25/11 12:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maximum trailer weight is more of a warranty issue than anything else and not likely you have any warranty to worry about. don't exceed the SAFETY issues like axle ratings or GVWR and both of those are available from your door post on the DOT sticker.

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Your transmission is probably the E4OD, look into a Banks Trans-Command (if it's not already installed)

My recall is that the max 5er rating for 97 was 13,500 lbs. But that required the tallest rear end and only applied to the 4x2. It also required a different engine then you have.

I did find the ratings (Trailer Life Towing Guide) for the 99 (different frame) with that engine, and the max ratings were about 9200 lbs.

One of my previous trucks (91) had that engine, and a lighter trailer then you are checking on. I was NOT happy with the power going over passes


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Thank you guys. I have a 1990 n7bsn, the 97 was Trail-mate. By "tallest" rear-end do you mean highest ratio like 4:11? What you say Skip sounds good but I don't want to hook up with a frame and suspension that can handle the load and in the hills of KY and TN (not too bad on I-65, but with what I have it will definitely take it to and probably just beyond it's limits) have the engine or tranny overheat or worse. What I need to know is how my engine/tranny/rear end combo will do. I towed a 34 ft Jayco Designer (dry wt 10,500) last year ok. I let it drop to 45 on hills. I could have held it to the floor, and I did a few times just to see, and held it at 60 or more but I am not in a hurry to get there or to use my truck up.

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Where I used to work, we had a 1990 f350 dually with 5.8l and a heavy utility bed installed. That truck did well to move itself around. A 39 foot fiver that weighs over 13k lbs. is going to be quite a strain on your truck. I don't think I would try it.

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A heavy duty utility bed with tools and eqipt is more than any 5ver would probably haul over the rear axle.

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I have had 3 of the 80-97 F250 4x4s and have towed around 10000 lbs bumper pull...with the 6.9 diesel. no experience with the 351, but 13,500 seem like an awful lot to me, for that chassis. it will probably do the job, but it won't like it. and you might end up with broken leaf springs, the way i did. make double sure your trailer brakes work well. since you asked for opinions, i'll say try to find another way to get er done.


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Fifth wheels are mostly air for the volume they occupy. A HD utilty bed and tools and equipt have much, much more mass per volume; its mostly steel and iron not even aluminum as in most rv's now.

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Plus it had all the extra significant weight of the dually system. The well-established pop and now son trailer sales and svc center in our area told me that duallies don't really make any diff except that they significantly lower your payload capacity and most of the time when you are not towing the duallise are always getting in the way. They assured me that as long as I have good 10 ply rated tires with good tread on singles I am just as good. Anyway that is what I have been told by svc pro's who are still around after decades of business. You do have an extra tire if a rear tire blows but it is a rear tire easier to control.

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