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Old 10-17-2012, 02:19 PM
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towing capacities

I can't seem to find why tow capacities went up in 2002. I'm going to be purchasing a 2001 excursion next week. I will be using it to tow a travel trailer approximately 9,000lbs. Will the excursion pull the trailer just fine? Should I hold off for a 2002 or newer?

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Old 10-17-2012, 03:50 PM
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2001 Ford Excursion Specifications

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Yeah it will pull it just fine. I've pulled close to 26k with a short bed 250 which is basically the same thing as an excursion. Might want to invest in some air springs though. Helps with the sag.


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Old 10-17-2012, 04:30 PM
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Hiller Ford - Ford Trailer Towing Guides

2001 excursion 4wd page 22 shows 10,000lbs max

2002 excursion 4wd page 22 shows 11,000lbs max

I was just wondering if anyone knew what was done to give it an extra 1,000lbs?
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:54 PM
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Most tow ratings are based on warranty they really don't hold validity as to the capability of the truck if that where the case a bunch of folks would have a busted truck specifically a bunch boys who run cattle


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Ok. I saw somewhere a guy say he would only buy an 02' or 03' because of the tow rating. Thanks all for the info!
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I am betting the reason is because in 2002 they upped the power ratings on the 7.3, but really ratings are a guideline.
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^Yes I bet it has to do with the upped power ratings.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:02 AM
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So nothing to worry about, I should be fine pulling that weight.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:13 AM
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Dude... you will never put something behind that truck heavy enough to "worry about the weight". I know guys pulling 20-30k lbs in hay and farm/construction equipment with these trucks stock.

Only thing that gets hair is braking and handling the curves at that weight.
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