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Posted: 01/23/06 07:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Concretecamper wrote:

First....3 valve motor vs. 2 valve motor
Second...5 speed auto vs. 4 speed auto


Looks like a math thing, not a marketing thing.

More power+ more gears= higher tow rating. Seems pretty simple.

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rjstractor wrote:


Looks like a math thing, not a marketing thing.

More power+ more gears= higher tow rating. Seems pretty simple.


Yeah...simple is better. Complicating things just makes them more...shall we say complicated!


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hendersonb wrote:

I own a 2003 F-250 4x2 with 5.4L V8 and 4.2 Axle Ratio. According to my manual my MAX towing capacity is 9000 lbs.

According to the Ford web site the 2006 F-250 with same engine and axle as my vehicle has tow rating of 11600 lbs.

Was the tow rating of my vehicle underrated by Ford?

If not, what has changed on the newer Ford trucks that would account for the increase in towing capacity?

Thanks,

Robert


What are you planning on towing?? I am looking at a 03 F250 CC 2wd 5.4 and a Keystone 290EFS, it has a dry weight of 7850 and gvwr of 10,180. I'm not sure if it has the 4.11 gear though. The 3.73 has the 9000lb rating, if your has the 4.11 it has the 11600 rating.



What are your thoughts on a combination like this? If the F250 has the 4.11 gears? Are the weights to close?

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bownder will wrote:

They up the capacities to fit the trend of Bigger TT's and 5ers.....
It's all about money, not safety.....

A safe veh. to pull a 30-40 TT or 5er is an F-500, or a Kenworth, Peterbuilt, Freightline, not a pickup truck. But they sell more pickup trucks because that is what we can afford to buy to pull what ever they build to pull behind it.....

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hendersonb

there are variables in the tow ratings based on what truck configuration you have, i.e. regular cab, Super or crew and 2X vs. 4X. I have the correct information unlike a an individual that endlessly provides in-accurate biased information and does not own a Ford to-boot.


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The Snoman wrote:

You give detriot far more credit than they deserve for honesty on this subject.


Not really...just a lot more credibility than YOUR opinion. Nothing personal....I just choose to believe that their engineers know more than you.


I would have to agree with concretecamper on this. In CA with any fatal accident the CHP dispatches a specially trained group of Officers to the accident scene to investigate everything that happened/went wrong. Can you imagine the liability if it was proven in a court that Ford Chevy or Dodge inflated their tow ratings for sales purposes and it resulted in a fatal or even a serious accident? We all saw the NBC report where they had a car t-bone a truck and it burst into flames... we now know NBC faked that but imagine if NBC or any media outlet had REAL evidence of detroit overinflating tow ratings for sales and it caused accidents.





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Yes it would be a case by case issue but if you could prove that a manufacturer inflated their numbers to copete with the others and this lead to the collision, wouldn't that make the manufacturer very liable for what happened... yes it would and this is why I tend to beleive that the numbers are all pretty close to where they need to be. If anything I think they under represent the numbers to give us a safety/buffer zone. Besides if the manufacturers numbers cannot be accepted then where do we the consumers go to find out how much we can safely pull.

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I love reading how some of you think Ford inflates the tow capabilites just for sales. I highly doubt any major auto maker is going to knowingly inflate the numbers on something as serious as (example) inflating the tow capacity from 7,000 lbs to 11,000 just to outdo the other auto makers. So, unless any of you saying this are the person at Ford (or any other auto maker) making the decision to inflate the number, all of this is a bunch of bull, huh?

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Posted: 01/25/06 04:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

k9jadon wrote:

...In CA with any fatal accident the CHP dispatches a specially trained group of Officers to the accident scene to investigate everything that happened/went wrong. Can you imagine the liability if it was proven in a court that Ford Chevy or Dodge inflated their tow ratings for sales purposes and it resulted in a fatal or even a serious accident? We all saw the NBC report where they had a car t-bone a truck and it burst into flames... we now know NBC faked that but imagine if NBC or any media outlet had REAL evidence of detroit overinflating tow ratings for sales and it caused accidents.

This is standard procedure in almost any jurisdiction. What you described in the first sentence is my job description. Weighing the vehicles is one of the standard steps in any investigation I do. Not necessarily for checking to see if the combo is overweight (which is a side benefit), but more specifically for momentum calculations in a 2+ vehicle collision. If a vehicle was grossly overloaded it would certainly be discovered. Whether or not it caused or contributed to the collision would be a case by case issue.


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