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Old 02-08-2010, 05:21 AM
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How much better is an F550 than an F350?

I was looking at an 1999 F550 local to me and wanted to know for towing purpose how much better it was than an F350... I will be towing a 2 car enclosed gooseneck trailer and was hoping it would be a little better at towing.


Will it get better fuel mileage than an F350 towing?
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4.88 gears will pull like nothin else but the mpg sucks regardless.
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Yeah, I'm no pro but the DRW and the gearing will be the most significant difference.
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:00 AM
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So an F350 should be fine for pulling an enclosed 2 car trailer then?

Like a 44 or 48' one.
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i pulled my 53' horse trailer that weighed over 35K lbs empty with a 350 when i had to. only difference in the 550 vs the 350 is the 550 has larger axles, gears, brakes, heavier suspension, and i belive frames... other then that they are the same... a 350 would handle your trialer just fine... if you want you can add air bags to help it from sagging
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The gears are gonna KILL the milage and the insurance will be super high
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:46 PM
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For pulling 2 4-5,000 pound cars in an 48' enclosed trailer do I need a F350 Dually or can I get by with just an F350 Single rear wheel truck???

Thanks for the help, I don't want to get the incorrect truck is all and put myself or my cars in danger with too small of a truck.
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You would have to weigh it out on how often you are going to be towing that set up or just driving the truck. If you don't mind driving a dually around all the time then go for that, they aren't bad. But if you're only going to tow every now and then, then the single rear wheel would be fine and be a little easier as a daily driver. For that big of a load the dually will give you a more stable feel towing that you would probably like.
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I won't be towing that often... maybe 3-4 trips a year +200 miles and the rest 30 or so to the local track with only one car.


I would rather instead of getting a 48' trailer get a shorter 30' 2 car Stacker but again not sure if a F350 can tow one of those.
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I won't be towing that often... maybe 3-4 trips a year +200 miles and the rest 30 or so to the local track with only one car.


I would rather instead of getting a 48' trailer get a shorter 30' 2 car Stacker but again not sure if a F350 can tow one of those.
^^^ why not? 30ft..seems pretty small still...if its a goose neck..hell do it up..jsut weigh the trailer with the cars on it, worse case scenario add some air bags and maybe change the gearing, no reason why it wont pull it..my buddy pulls a 44ft fifth wheel with his 02 F350 2wheel drive in the summers with not a single issue!
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