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Actually the Sterling Plant has been brought back to Ford about a year ago. No longer Visteon

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....so the axle rating is back down to 6084lbs? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]


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David - yep - your math is right - but remember, the Axle Weight Ratings EXCEED the GVWR - so it somes down to distribution as well as overall weight...You are actually at about 2200lbs overweight...IF you go by the numbers.

Like thes two other posters asre saying, you can do it (like home depot....we can help...).


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You are overweight
The bumper pull trailer you have is dang heavy
Now add a pretty substantial load to the back of you SRW truck

it is a freakin' heavy load and not adviseable for a family trip.

If you were going 20 miles up the road - no problemo - but loading up with kid and stuff on vacation is just plain wrong.

You need a dually. heck - get a dually rear axle, sway bar and front wheel adapters and fender flares - you'll be good to go.


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Smokey should know better (he is the stat man) but if you go to the Visteon website, (they make your axle) you will find the axle is rated at 9700 pounds.

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We're talking about a 2001 model. Back then, Ford owned and ran the Sterling MI axle plant. And Ford specs for 2001 SuperDuty pickups say the 10.5" rear axle in an F-250 was rated at 6,084 pounds @ground.

Sometime during the 2003 model year, Visteon bought the plant from Ford. You can use Visteon specs after the 2003 model year, but not for a 2001.

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ok i figured you all spent this much time and effort....so i went to the scales today.......gross combines truck and trailer all loaded and wet was 19,920 the trailer only was 12,140 the trailer toungh weight was 1,360 and the suprise kicker was i put just the rear of the truck on the scale and it only weighs 3,140...ok here we go the rear half is 3140 plus the toungh weight is 1360 1360+3140=4,500 so if i add the 1200 i want to add it will be 5,700.....now ive seen it for myself ...is this ok...or am i still not seeing the big picture.....david

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what was your front axle weight and rear axle weight while hooked up. and what was your trailer axle weigths while hooked up.
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man i didnt think i had to weigh half the truck wile hooked up.....heck i thought about doing that and thought everyone would want it all seperated like i did it so they could do the math themselves....but now that iv'e raved on and on....why do you ask that question ?????

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those are the actual weights that matter. weight transfers to the axles are measured when hooked up. then there is no math to do. either you have the capacity or not. very cut and dry. hook up with all your gear and go back to scale. put each truck axle on its own scale WHILE HOOKED UP and the trailer axles together on the scale WHILE HOOKED UP with everything you expect to ahve with you. even the family.
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also do you have a hitch that will hold that cause the limits of your factory one is exceeded. also your drawbar and ball. some of the huge ones are limited to 12k max and 1200 tongue weight. the cheap o ones that most people have are limited to about 6k and 600 tongue weight.
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Go to your local truck stop that has scales, you can get weights for each axle, it costs something like 5 or 6 bucks.

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