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Posted: 08/13/19 12:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Towing a fw, approx 10,000 lbs, would a gas engine F250 be practical, or would it be better to go diesel? Remember I said Newbie...thanks, cycler.

This is an added question to my original post:
Worth the extra bucks for 4 whl drive?

* This post was edited 08/14/19 06:35am by cycler *

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Welcome to the forums.

My class C comes in at 13,750 lbs fully loaded. Ford V-10 has no issues. It does enjoy frequent visits to the gas bar! * grin *


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One reason I would go with diesel over gas is it can be a pain in the butt getting into and out of a lot of gas stations with that big trailer behind you. Diesel . . . any Truck Stop . . . Right in and out


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By gas 250, you are not saying what year, what engine, but the V-10 will work, as will the newer 6.2 V8. If you may go to a larger/heavier FW at some point, then the diesel 350 would be a good choice.

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I towed a 10,000lb TT and equipment trailer with a 2015 F-250 gasser and an 2018 F250 gasser and both did well. The 2018 was superior though.


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Posted: 08/13/19 12:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"Towing a fw"

How much of payload are you going to have left after hooking up to 10,000 fw to a 3/4 ton?

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OK in general I'd say that east of the Mississippi a gas engine is fine. Cheaper too. But once you hit the mountain states you will be sorry if you do not have a diesel. Diesels shine pulling loads up and down (engine brake) grades.

And as mentioned above do not buy a 3/4 ton, the one ton is slightly more money but it will pull much better. No different in the way they drive either.


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You will find that flats are no problem with a gasser pulling that weight. Once you get into hills or mountains, the engine will consume more fuel and rev higher to keep speed. If this is only occasional, you may be fine with a gasoline engine. If you live or plan to spend most of your time in the mountains, you will be happier driving the diesel even if the initial acquisition cost is high.


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Any newer 3/4 ton pickup with the tow package will tow 10k lbs reasonably well. The issue with a 5er is that many 3/4 ton trucks will be limited on their load capacity. A 10,000 pound 5er should have a pin weight around 2200 to 2500 lbs, some of the Ran 2500 models in particular struggle with that cargo weight.
Remember the truck has to meet both cargo and tow caps.

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Oh one other thing, one add on you will want is the hitch bed prep. This makes taking that heavy fifth wheel hitch in and out of your truck much easier and it also leaves a flat truck bed when the hitch is removed.

I also urge you to get the bed step or whatever they call it, that step on the tail gate that makes it easier to climb into the truck bed. That may be standard on some trucks now.

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