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Besides all the rules and regulations which I am aware of what can my 2000 F250 7.3L with a Auto tow comfortably? I know I can hook up a 747 and tow it down the run way at 3 mph at 3200 rpms but what kinda weight was the powerstroke truck created to pull . And I am taking about 800 mile trips , not the 30 mile ones from county to county . They have used this motor in a lot of tow trucks with roll back beds and rather large applications in F550's . Ya I know it will work but would u want to use it to tow back your friends 4 door crew cab long bed duelly 1200 miles away ??? Or will it be a very slow trip? My truck is chipped and so it supposed to be now 330 hp and 700 lbs of torque , like I said it supposed to and it basically stock except for the intake, gauges and exhaust, and super chip 1855 proformance flash tune. But what kinda weight would 300 hp and 600 lb of torque pull and for how long as long as I take it easy .

The reason I ask is that I need to pull a 10,000 toy hauler 3000 miles next month cross country , the toy hauler is also about 11 feet high . I am trying to decide if the toy hauler is too much for the truck or get upgrade my tranny to a HD tranny or just go buy me a small block single axel diesel semi-tractor that already has 280 hp and 1050lbs of torque and use that instead. I wanna cruise at 60-65 comfortably . Heres my truck pulling my 9000 lb toy hauler and making some noise in the tranny that cant be too good My 7.3 has 3.73's and 170,000 on a stock tranny .
would you guys do . Thanks cled
 

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At about 12,500lbs (12,000lbs for 4X4) you will get close to exceeding the GCVWR of the truck, which might give you some legal issues in some states. If your transmission is making noise already then it needs to be rebuilt or replaced by a reputable builder. Now that being said, the issue is not so much the power, of which you have plenty, as the heat generated. My 99 six speed (dynoed 267hp, 536lbf at rear wheels) would pull a 15,500lb fifth wheel up 6% at 55-60mph. Depending on your exhaust system (hopefully aftermarket with that much power) you will need to closely monitor exhaust and trans temps if you push it hard. If the trailer is truly 10,000 lbs you should have no real issues unless you try going up on of the longer steeper grades at 70+.
 

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So your 6.0 is making all that power and is that with your tuner on or stock. Bebe What is the difference with it stock and with your tuner. Does the turner really tun up the hp and touqe?
 

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Those figures were for the 99 that I had previously. My 6.0 has not been dynoed, but the stock numbers on trucks that have been dynoed are around 270hp and 450lbf at the rear wheels based on a 6.0 shootout done a few years back. I have the CS Attitude that at max setting claims to add 120hp to the rear wheels. The previous Platinum/Attitude dynoed at 396hp and 665lbf at the rear wheels. I figure I should be close to 485hp and 800lbf at the crank at max setting (5). Due to stock head bolts I keep the setting at number 3. Now TKOPerformance that is a routine contributer is running a 12 second quarter mile with his daily driver is putting out the serious HP with his 6.0.
 

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I have a 01 extra cab automatic 3.73 gears. I tow my 10,800 lb mty fifth wheel with a swivel wheel trailer and my electraglide on it with no problems. Have towed to Durango and back about 4K miles. I usually average about 10.5 mpg. I have a edge programmer I RUN ON 60, a walker BTM, S&B intake, Ballbuster turbo, ATS spider Y with A piller gauges now, but towed with just a drop in air filter and walker muffler with the tuner to Durango with no problems.
 

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My bone-stock '03 tows 5K all the time, 10K some of the time, and 20K every now and then.

Here's a pic of a typical 12K tow:

 

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If the trailer is in the 10K range you'll have no problems at all. My first F-250 was an '02 with a 7.3 and I used it to pull a 33ft. Holiday Rambler that had a typical road weight of about 11.5K and a pin wt. of 2150-2200. It was a very comfortable load for the truck. My only wish was it had another gear or two because often times it couldn't quite keep 3rd gear on a hill and 2nd was kinda slow.
 

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first of all that is not your tranny making the noise it is your turbo and that is because of your programmer. second if you are going to be making 800 mile plus trips all of the time then do it the correct way and buy a real truck that is made for pulling. i am not saying that you don't have a real truck but i have been down this road before and you are going to spend more money on repairs then if you buy a small tractor. you will have a much better ride in a tractor and you will not even know that your trailer is behind you. you can find some really nice single axle tractors for good prices.

this is what i went to. i was in a ford f550
 

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Maybe you could explain your comment about the use of a programmer ???

first of all that is not your tranny making the noise it is your turbo and that is because of your programmer.
 

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Thought so .............
 

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Still wondering? You have towed a 9,000 lb trailer. How comfortable would you be towing that trailer on a similar trip? The 10,000 is a similar trailer so I'd imagine that if you are comfortable with the 9,000 trailer then you'd be ok with the 10,000 trailer.

Get the transmission fixed either way.
 

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REALISTIC 7.3 TOW

OK, I own a 99 STOCK 7.3 extended Cab (non dually) Automatic, towing a 2013 Keystone Raptor Toyhauler with twin axles 36 ft with a Fat Boy and Electra Glide inside plus all my wife's stuff. I mean a LOT of stuff. She has tons of clothes and loves to cook. Lots of kitchen stuff and pantry stuff. In the heat of Summer.....Came from California through the Sierras, over the Beartooth Pass in Montana (by a GPS error!), Evel Knievel Days in Butte, the Arches in Utah, and over the Rockies in Colorado, to Sturgis all the way through the Smokies to coastal North Carolina. I saw all the overheating 18 wheelers pulled over in the Rockies and wondered how in the world my truck was able to do it. BUT, IT DID it!! Maybe not the fastest but it was scarier going down the hills than up them! It did great. Slow in low gear up those real long steep grades in the rockies but no issues. Like I said, I was more worried about stopping on the down hills. I have to say that that the Raptor was maxxed out in weight. I would say easy beyond 16,000 pounds gross. Easy. But, It pulled it!

I hope my truck will last forever. It is by far the best truck I've ever had. The 7.3 should have been left in production but the
EPA said it was too dirty. What a waste. I will rebuild it when its time. Its got 170K on it now so in another 400K I will have some true professionals rebuild it.

I think the truck will pull anything you put behind it as long as you dont pull the frame apart or in half or you run over someone cause you cant stop!!
 

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I know I can tow my 12k fifth wheel RV with no problem. I took it on around trip from Louisiana to the smokey mountains and back with no issues. My truck is pretty much stock.
 

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Hankski, you definitely took the long, steep routes! :) And pulling a heck of a load too.
 

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Hi there. My SO and I have been towing a 7000lb Airstream with our truck, and haven't had any problems with it. We have actually gotten 16-17 mpg, if we are on a straight road.
Yours is a bit heavier, so you might get 15-16, but you shouldn't have any problems.
 
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