Join Date: Jan 2002
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Re: F-450, height of bed and bed rails(fifth wheel towing)
I measured the height from ground of an F-450 4x4 KingRanch pickup at its
tailgate last night out at the local RV show: 36" unloaded with the tail
I crawled around underneath the truck with a flashlight checking it out.
It has the Dana/Spicer S110 rear-end with 4.88:1 ratio. Interestingly,
the Ford brochure said the trucks rated for 11,000-lbs on the rear-end,
but the door jam sticker said 9500-lbs rear GAWR and 6500-lbs front axle
GAWR. Presumably the lower 9500-lbs rear GAWR is due to the spring pack
being rated less than the S110. I.e, its sprung for 9500-lbs and not the
11,000-lbs the S110 is rated at.
The spring pack has only 3 main leaves and one overload leaf for each side.
And the overload leaves are just barely outa contact with the truck
The frame and brakes are really massive. There's lotsa overload margin
in the F-450. Big difference between the F-450 and a comparable F-350
duallie -- yet only a miniscule 1500-lbs difference in GVWR.
There's also plenty of space between the fuel tank and the transfer case.
Wide open spaces there. Enough for another large fuel tank. I'm
surprised that Ford doesn't offer an auxiliary tank option there. You'll
need it with the 4.88:1 diffs...
2002 Ford F-350 Lariat Duallie 4x4 CrewCab 7.3-L PowerStroke, Arizona Beige with
6-speed, 3.73:1, Camper Package, Off-Road, TT power mirrors, Dual Alternators,
Reverse Vehicle Aid Sensor, Heated Captain's Chairs, Trailer Hitch Receiver, Coolant
Filter, Tranny Filter, OilGuard Bypass Oil Filter, Mag Hy-Tech Dana-80 Cover. Topped
off with a Lance-1130 camper.