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Old 07-19-2009, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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5th wheel towing capacity of 01-02 7.3 liter?

Anyone have the 5th wheel towing capacity of a 2001-2002 drw F350 shorbed? Also looking for HP and torque ratings.
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Since you are posting here I will assume it is a diesel engine. If not what engine?

What transmission? What gears? Extended cab or crew cab? Two- or four-wheel drive?

All affect the tow ratings from Ford.
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Anyone have the 5th wheel towing capacity of a 2001-2002 drw F350 shorbed?
A shorty dually? Those were sorta rare, but Ford did produce some.

Assuming diesel engine, GCWR was 20,000 pounds. Weigh the wet and loaded truck full of diesel and with the normal folks and tools and 5er hitch in it, and subtract that weight from 20,000 and the answer is the personalized tow rating. On a dually, GCWR will be your limiter - you have plenty of GVWR for any trailer that doesn't overload the GCWR.

If it's a diesel 4x4, the wet and loaded truck probably weighs around 8,500 tp 9,000 pounds, so that leaves 11,000 to 11,500 as the heaviest trailer you can hook onto without busting Ford's weight ratings. Add about 500 pounds to the estimated tow rating if it's a 4x2.

That's the towing capacity per Ford. But lots of folks don't care what mama don't allow, they play their banjos anyhow. Wet and loaded trailers up to about 15,000 pounds are not unusual loads.

Ford's published tow rating of 12,400 pounds assumed your wet and loaded F-350 DRW PSD 4x4 CrewCab weighed only 7,600 pounds. When you weigh yours you'll probably see how ridiculous that number is.

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Assuming automagic tranny, 250 HP @ 2,600 RPM, 505 torque @ 1,600 RPM

However, mild hot-rodding (tuning) and driving by aftermaket gauges can result in about 300 horses and 600 torque without reducing engine longivity or reliability. For about $1,250 plus DIY installs, you can add my mods of gauges, intake, exhaust and mild towing chip. On a dyno run I had 281 horses and 590 torque at the rear wheels, which is more than 300 horses and 600 torque at the flywheel. Mine now has 182,000 mostly-towing miles on it and runs better than new.
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ye ah, I forgot some info........ gotta lot of stuff in my head.
From what I've seen and been told, Ford built shortbed dually F350s from around 2000 to 2008. I've personally seen some 01s, 02s and some 6.0 liters on auto trader and some up close and personal. I've read where Ford stopped offering the shortbed dually option in 09'. Here's a little more info. on what I'm looking at:
F350 shortbed dually (01-02)
auto trans.
4x4
crew cab
trailer: 5th wheel
4:10 gears

I guess I'm trying to convince myself that a newer 7.3 than mine with the addition of drws will pull my toyhauler better and more comfortable than what I already have without buying one of the newer dually trucks that are rated for so much more.
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Tow ratings

My 2001 DRW LWB F-350 loaded with the transfer tank full and me empty comes in around 19,400 pounds. Ford says 20,000 pounds GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating).

Ford is telling you the truth if you plan to pull some mountains with nasty downgrades. I'm confident my rig will climb a 6-10% grade for a good spell, but that is not the problem. ( It did so for about 10 miles on the northwest entrance to Yosemite last year. But I found a paved forest road that let me escape without going down that 8% grade for 10 miles.)

The problem is going downhill. You can cheat a bit on the total weight as long as you are not in mountains, but you can get caught short on the brakes in mountains if you are overloaded. From the conversations on this forum over the years, I know some of these guys carry huge loads. But I can cite about 40 places I've been with my 5'ver and I'm sure they haven't been there with big overloads.

Of course, the newer transmissions take away a lot of the sting of down grades and a compression brake will take it all away. Good luck with your travels. This country is just by-dang beautiful!

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