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Old 06-28-2012, 12:48 PM
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Towing weight

What is the max weight an 09 f250 is capable of towing?
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:54 PM
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Capable? or listed as acceptable per Ford? 2 different things...
Ford says 23000lbs gross weight, as in truck trailer and load total.
Lots of people pull much more than that, but it opens you up to other legal issues.
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250 can pull 23000? seems high. what is recommended?
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:18 PM
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250 can pull 23000? seems high. what is recommended?
23K is the Gross weight (including truck and payload).

You have a capacity set by Ford at 12.5K Conventional, and between 16.3K and 15.3K fifth-wheel/gooseneck depending on configuration. You're limitation with an F250 tends to be the king-pin weight on the rear axle more often than towing capacity.

https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...erDutyConv.pdf
https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...FifthWheel.pdf
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I have pulled 14000 with no problems, just watch your trailer balance. Don't want too much weight on the tongue(light steering), or too much on towards the rear(swaying).
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I use the "whatever you think you can stop" method... Ive hauled way too much (25k - excluding truck and trailer) but putting down county rd's going like 45 mph and very few other vehicles around me. I try to keep the load (not truck and trailer weight) around 15k, which seems like nothin but you figure truck weight and trailer weight and i bet your still over gvwr. If you have elec over hydraulic brakes on a trailer you can haul more weight because those brakes are really good. The motor can pull a freight train, but that doesnt mean you want to hook up to one and go 70 down the highway. -- forgot to mention that is all gooseneck pull. bumper pull would be way less cause i just hate them and dont like pulling much more than a 4 wheeler or boat.
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:32 AM
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I run my 2010 F350 out at about 23,000 total weight. Never had any problems pulling this up or down any road, hill, mountain.

However, unless you're pulling commercial "type" trailers, I've found the limiting factor to most things I pull have been the axles on the trailer. Recently had a 3-horse trailer that I found out had 3,500 lb axles - pretty standard. But that's 7,000 on the trailer (less what rides on the pin). That by far was my limiting factor. Now have a horse trailer with 7,500 lbs axles and it makes it's 15,000 lb weight more in line with the tow capacity of the truck.
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:05 PM
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13,000 for conventional towing, 16,000 for 5th/gooseneck. Lots of guys tow more than recommended. I just bought a toy hauler that weighs 9500 dry, with 4k lb cargo capacity so that would max out my f250. The trailer company claims that the trailer is 1/2 ton truck capable but I don't understand how that is. I also have a buddy with a triple axle 40ft fifth wheel weighing 16.5k lb dry, he tows with an 08' f250.
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23K is the Gross weight (including truck and payload).

You have a capacity set by Ford at 12.5K Conventional, and between 16.3K and 15.3K fifth-wheel/gooseneck depending on configuration. You're limitation with an F250 tends to be the king-pin weight on the rear axle more often than towing capacity.
I've been wondering about this for awhile. We have an 08 F250 pulling a 34ft goose neck trailer and the pin weight on the goose neck is 3400lbs loaded. I weighed the truck yesterday and found out how heavy she really is. 8900lbs.
With the trailer on it takes the rear axle weight to 7500. Is that too heavy?
Both my wheels and tires are rated at 3950lbs each, but she's not a dually.
Sorry for the hijack.
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