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Old 07-08-2012, 04:22 PM
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wanting to build a haul truck

Ok the platform is a 02 f250 6speed diy intake 5in exhaust so basically stock
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:27 PM
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What's your definition of a 'haul truck', and what kind of loads are you looking at being able to pull.

The RAWR is going to hold you back with that F250.
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:34 PM
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Yea I know. been thinking bout swapping rearends or just getting a new truck... upwards of 18000 regularly.
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:44 PM
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If you are going to haul 18K behind you, I recommend going straight to another truck. (This mainly from the legal standpoint and ratings of the 7.3L trucks).

I would look for an '05-'07 F350 with the TowBoss package (26K GVWR) or an F450/550 (downside is the addition of the F450/550 registration/insurance costs)

If you stay with the 7.3L, consider the ratings listed below:
https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...D_F250_350.pdf
https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...D_F350_550.pdf
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:55 PM
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thanks for the info. May keep it as a farm truck then. but what would need to be done to it to get the most power out of it for hauling cows or hay?
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^legally schmeegaly. People tow 20-30k lbs with these trucks all the time and dont worry about DOT horse crap.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:23 AM
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thanks for the info. May keep it as a farm truck then. but what would need to be done to it to get the most power out of it for hauling cows or hay?
I'll let someone who hauls heavy with a 7.3L answer that for you.

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^legally schmeegaly. People tow 20-30k lbs with these trucks all the time and dont worry about DOT horse crap.
There are folks that do it, and its not something I will come on here and tell folks to do. Its not only the DOT you worry about its your insureance company if something happens to go wrong with the truck being overwieght. Not worth the risks, so instead of pushing a pickup to do a medium-duty's job, go get the right truck in the first place.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:21 PM
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for heavy hauling, im talkin 7 large cows with their calves in a 24 foot gooseneck brand steel trailer, probably 20-25k trailer weight i run an f250 with a ts 6 pos. towing that heavy i go up steep grades on dirt roads and usually run in 4 low. i dont have issues with egt but usually the engine gets warm. so i would reccomend new coolant and check your fan clutch often. that same load on the highway i can run on my tow setting and maintain 65 mph as long as i pay attention and stay in the right gear.

if i were building a tow pig it would be a 6 speed 7.3 with a bigger turbo and intercooler, intake and the biggest exhaust i could find. and of course gauges

i have just accepted that im going to be overweight everytime i leave the farm. the highway patrol has turned a blind eye to me so far
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:06 PM
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Towing 25k with a SRW F250 is a stupid and foolish thing to do. I hope you have deep pockets to pay for the damages you will cause in an accident, because your insurance will leave you high and dry.....
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:08 AM
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thanks for voicing your opinion ianstew. i appreciate that you took time out of your busy day to educate me. now you can return to listening to rush limbaugh, *****ing about the government and yelling at the neighborhood kids for hitting balls into your yard.
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