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Montana 7.3

New guy here with questions.

I pull a 10,000 lb trailer here in Montana, and I'm looking for my next truck. Looks like the 7.3 is the one...now here's my questions:

Are all 7.3s turbo'd? If not, is it worth getting turbo for pulling?
What things to beware of when looking at turbo units?

Is a SRW enough truck to pull 10,000 regularly, or am I better with duals?
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New guy here with questions.

I pull a 10,000 lb trailer here in Montana, and I'm looking for my next truck. Looks like the 7.3 is the one...now here's my questions:

Are all 7.3s turbo'd? If not, is it worth getting turbo for pulling?
What things to beware of when looking at turbo units?

Is a SRW enough truck to pull 10,000 regularly, or am I better with duals?
Welcome to the forum man!! Where in montana are ya?? Im a naitive myself!!

All the 7.3's from 94.5 to 2003 were turbocharged.....and they are plenty for pulling 10k. Id definately look for an f-350 pulling that kind of weight though. A duelly would pull a little better, but it is plenty doable with a SRW. If you are going to use the truck exclusively for towing id go duelly, but if its gonna be more of a daily driver i would go SRW because they handle so much better on snow and ice. Let us know if you have any other questions buddy!!!
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I agree with marc. go with a manual if your going to pull alot. If you want an automatic your going to want a larger tranny cooler and a couple other mods to the tranny. The auto's will handle it just not in the stock configuration. If you can keep the heat down it will save an auto. IMO

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Well, I guess I should be looking for a manual trans then.

I had tranny problems with my previous F350, a 1990 with a gas 460. Even with tranny cooler, that tranny would overheat bigtime when pulling my work trailer. I don't want the same problems again.

I will drive the truck without the trailer a fair bit, and snow and ice are a fact of life here. I am in Hamilton in the Bitterroot Valley.
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Sweet....my parents live just up 93 from ya in the big city....

Manual would be a good idea pulling heavy.....and it sounds to me like you would be better off with a SRW then....

There arent a ton of things to look for...check the tires for abnormal wear that might indicate loose ball joints.....check for oil leaks......the normal stuff like that.....and buy a spare CPS sensor to put in the glove box...there is plenty of info on that on here...thats the most common problem with those motors and its an easy fix if you have the part with you.....
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Great, thanks.
CPS sensor is the camshaft sensor, right? I will have to dig around in this forum to figger out what and where and how...

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Yup...CPS is cam position sensor. There is details on changing it in the "tech files" forums towards the top of the main forums page....and all kinds of threads on it as well. Common symptoms are stalling...sputtering....and then commonly loss of tach signal when attempting to restart.
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