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Posted: 04/04/21 11:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just noticed my new 2021 F250 did not come with a top overload spring like my old 2000 F250 has. Anyone have experince hauling a loaded 2500# TC on one? I have not been able to find a new F350 in my area to look at the rear springs on them. Also the spring pak has less leafs but looks beefier than my old truck. I have not loaded the TC yet, waiting on the frame mounts for tie downs. Just trying to get an idea as to what I might have to do , if anything. Old truck came with camper package but I never knew exactly what that consisted of.


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I understand as follows...

With the most recent version of the Ford F-250, the 2021 Ford F250, these are the add-ons offered in the Super Duty camper package:

Rear stabilizer bar—often referred to as an “anti-roll/sway bar,” this feature makes the vehicle feel more secure and stable as you drive and prevents the tires from coming off of the ground. For instance, a heavy load in combination with the speed of your vehicle going around a sharp corner could cause the rear body of the vehicle and the tires to lose contact with the ground below if the sway bar isn’t present.

Rear auxiliary springs—rear auxiliary springs give the truck more support and allow it to carry more weight without the risk of blowing out or over exhausting the primary springs. These are more or less the backup springs, given they are also often referred to as helper springs, and allow the truck to ride more smoothly.

Slide-in camper certification—this is recommended for all Ford trucks that plan on being used to haul a slide-in camper. A slide-in camper certification comes with the purchasing of a camper package with the Ford F250 and certifies that the truck is safe to use when carrying a slide-in camper.

Signature increased capacity front springs—this is something you will definitely want to have on any truck you plan on using to haul something of significant weight. Also known as heavy-duty coil springs or overload springs, increased capacity front springs take on the weight of whatever is being hauled and absorb it. Having your truck equipped with increased capacity front springs increases the load capacity.


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look at the bottom of the leaf pack. if there is a spacer between the short bottom leaf and the one above it you can easily install a lower stableload without needing to drill. The lowers make a huge difference in how the rig carries a load in the bed


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Posted: 04/04/21 12:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thought the difference between 250 & 350 was the addition of Overload Spring on 350

You can have a spring shop add one

You can add Stable Loads


According to FORD....Camper Package
*Rear Stabilizer Bar
*Auxiliary Rear Springs
*Increased Front Spring Capacity


You have options..........


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Evidently Ford engineers concluded the truck doesn't need them.
Bear in mind since 2017 Superduties are 500 lb lighter than older models, so with the same payload, the rear axle is having close to 500lb less load.
My 2017 F350 dually was hauling camper (scaled at 6300 lb at 1 time) without any modifications.





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Spacer or lift block is between the axle and first short spring.

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That’s why you order the camper pkg...or just get the F350.


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It was really hard to just find a truck that I liked in my neck of the woods . So when I found a truck I liked with the 7.3 gas engine I jumped at it.

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Kayteg1 wrote:

Evidently Ford engineers concluded the truck doesn't need them.
Bear in mind since 2017 Superduties are 500 lb lighter than older models, so with the same payload, the rear axle is having close to 500lb less load.
My 2017 F350 dually was hauling camper (scaled at 6300 lb at 1 time) without any modifications.


And 4 years later you still believe this. And even if the “350lbs saved in Al body and new frame , with some of the savings reinvested in heavier components “
did result in a little theoretical weight savings, it wouldn’t significantly affect payload capacity over the rear axle.


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Americamper wrote:

It was really hard to just find a truck that I liked in my neck of the woods . So when I found a truck I liked with the 7.3 gas engine I jumped at it.


That's what special orders are for.
I could not be happier with building my own truck. I got options like 360 cameras and ultimate tow package I wanted and saved ton of money on avoiding options I had no use for.
Impulse jumping seldom ends with full satisfaction.

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