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Old 11-06-2010, 02:51 PM
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Hey all, I have a 2000 F250 7.3 4x4 and am in the process of looking at buying a 40 ft toy hauler, I'm sure the 7.3 will tow it with out a hick-up. GVW for the hauler is 16k and I think a stock 250 is rated right around 13-14. My question is this, can I swap to 1 ton spring and air bags without any major problem or modifications or would air bags be suitable for the job.
If this can be done where is the best place to buy springs?
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Airbags and you'll be fine, just watch how you load the trailer.(Meaning, don't pile all the weight in the nose, you should be fine if you just hauling some ATVs and such.
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Hey all, I have a 2000 F250 7.3 4x4 and am in the process of looking at buying a 40 ft toy hauler, I'm sure the 7.3 will tow it with out a hick-up. GVW for the hauler is 16k and I think a stock 250 is rated right around 13-14. My question is this, can I swap to 1 ton spring and air bags without any major problem or modifications or would air bags be suitable for the job.
If this can be done where is the best place to buy springs?
Your GCWR is 20,000. 40' is huuuuuuge for a toyhauler. That's like F-450/550 range.
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Yes I know 40' is a large hauler (Heartland Cyclone) but it will also be like a second home. Like I mentioned I'm sure the 7.3 will tow it but will the rest of the truck handle it (tranny/suspension). Reason I am looking at doing upgrades to existing truck is, it will be cheaper then going out and buying a new truck ontop of buying the hauler.
Only thing I'll be loading up in the haul area is a couple of Herley's.
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What does the trailer weigh?
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Their website states GVWR of 18,000 lbs, dry weight of 14,043 (which is usually way under), and hitch weight of 3,346. Once you get all of your normal gear loaded up (clothes, food, stuff to cook with, etc), you're already pushing yuor GVWR of the trailer, nevermind the GCWR of the truck. That better be an ultra light Harley.

Will your truck pull it? Yes. Will it stop it? Eventually. Will you be SOL if you wreck while towing? Hell yes. There was a story in the news a few months ago. A guy towing a huuuge toy hauler with his 2500 Chevy lost control going down the Grapevine in California. He wrecked, and killed a little girl. Insurance told him to pound sand, cause he was way overloaded for the truck.
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THanks for the info guys.
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Whoops... Just re-read my post. Dry weight given by the manufacturer is usually OVER what they state it is, not way under.
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Their website states GVWR of 18,000 lbs, dry weight of 14,043 (which is usually way under), and hitch weight of 3,346. Once you get all of your normal gear loaded up (clothes, food, stuff to cook with, etc), you're already pushing yuor GVWR of the trailer, nevermind the GCWR of the truck. That better be an ultra light Harley.

Will your truck pull it? Yes. Will it stop it? Eventually. Will you be SOL if you wreck while towing? Hell yes. There was a story in the news a few months ago. A guy towing a huuuge toy hauler with his 2500 Chevy lost control going down the Grapevine in California. He wrecked, and killed a little girl. Insurance told him to pound sand, cause he was way overloaded for the truck.
You got a link to that?
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