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Old 09-18-2013, 03:32 PM
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2004 vs 2006

We are looking at two trucks to get for pulling a 5th wheel RV.
They are both f350 super cab dualies, with 6.0 turbo diesel engines.

One is a 2004 with 87k miles
from an individual I'm not sure I trust because his story changes on certain things... just a hunch.

The other is a 2006 with 136k miles from a used car lot.
That guy says the 2003's and 4's has some issues they were working out so the 2006 is more dependable.

The 2006 is less money than the 2004 by about 1k.

Personally I like the 2006 better because it has the bench seat in front which we want and is not as loud as the 2004 because the 2004 has a modified pipe.

What do you guys think? Any known issues with 03 and 4 models?

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Kevin
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I have a 06' 6.0 and have been told by numerous people to stay away from towing because of notorious problems with them. I personal have found it to be dependable but the only things I've pulled are buddies trucks out of the mud!
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See about getting an oasis report on both vehicles, they are about the same honestly, I beleive the 03/04 have a 10 vans turbo opposed to the 05-07 with the 7 vane one, but aside from the grill/headlights there isn't much difference
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:47 PM
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We are looking to pull an 18k lb fifth wheel RV, all the specs say that these can do it, would you guys concur or should I look at a different motor/ brand? Personally I like ford trucks..
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Just about all of our duallies will haul it, but I beleive if your trailer loaded is at 18k you may need a 450 to be legal and within the trucks specs, I beleive the 350 is only at 23-24 gcvwr
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http://www.ford-trucks.com/specs/200...uty_Specs2.pdf

These specs are for an 05 but they are the same for 03 through 07 with the 6.0L. I have no doubt that the truck would pull it but the rated capacity for the F350 is 16,700lbs. If your camper is 18k pounds then you are already exceeding that. Like 351 said the GVWR is only 23,500K pounds.

Edit: The F450 would be more than enough for you if you wish to be legal.
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I checked the towing specs for the newer trucks with the 6.4L and they didn't change much... Honestly I don't know if the other brands could haul that heavy either with a 3500 series HD. Just something to think about.
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that 18k is if cargo is maxed out.. here are the specs for the trailer
Specifications
Length 42'1"
Width 8'6"
Height 13'2"
Hitch Weight 2,331 lbs
Dry Weight 13,719 lbs
Gross Weight 18,000 lbs
Cargo Weight 4,281 lbs

So dry weight is 13,719. is that what used in the legal calculations?

I don't think we will have 4000 lbs in cargo as we will not be hauling 4 wheelers or anything, even though it is a toy hauler.
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I have a 06' 6.0 and have been told by numerous people to stay away from towing because of notorious problems with them.
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So dry weight is 13,719. is that what used in the legal calculations?

No... Dry weight is just that, dry. No water/sewer in holding tanks, no cargo, and no gas in fuel tank/tanks if its a toy hauler. You will be weighted and that's what they go off. The max weight is what they use for the axles. I'm not very experienced in the weigh scales... Maybe Jetjock can chime in... He's got a huge travel trailer too and he only uses a 06 F350 with SRW. He probably pulls heavier loads than anybody on this site regularly.
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