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post #1 of 15 Old 05-19-2012, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Tongue weight capacity

What is the HD F-250 rated at?

I an wanting to build a hitch rack for heavy loads and didn't want to go over the max.

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I'm not sure what a "hitch rack" is. If you are going to move "heavy loads" you prolly bought the wrong truck anyway. Of course, heavy means different things to different people too.

The data you want is on a sticker right inside the driver door. The F250 comes in at least two GVWRs plus you did not give the empty weight of the truck so we can't say how much the truck will carry anyway.

As far as tongue weight goes, the hitch rating itself will be the limit most cases. Very heavy duty tow hitches are around 1000 lbs tongue weight and that would be far under the truck's ratings.

As far as home made hitches go - - good luck with that. I can tell you 3 stories about home made hitches and none are good. None of these stories happened while I was around but I did get to see the property damage in each case. If you are going to build a home made hitch and move "heavy loads" with it could you first post the time and date and route you will take in advance so I can be far away when you go??? Thanks


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I didn’t see anything inside the door, but there is a sticker on the hitch itself. The sticker says it is a class V.

I want to build one of these: | Versahaul Motorcycle carriers to haul my motorcycle long distances.

Why do you have to be so negative about someone building something verse buying it from a manufacture? First of all you don’t know me or what I am capable of making. Not everyone makes stuff in there hillbilly garages like people you have seen.

Look here at this Headache Rack I built in my garage: Headache Rack

I don’t play around when it comes to my welding even if it is a hobby for me. I have very nice welding equipment and make quality items well thought out. So for you to judge me was just wrong and you should apologize because it was uncalled for. We are adults here working together and should respect others.

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What motorcycle do you plan to put on you custom thingamajig?

Most likely be able to carry a full dresser (Harley, Honda, Victory) without too much issue (fully laden, my '09 is 1014#'s)...providing you distribute/support the weight reasonably well!


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What motorcycle do you plan to put on you custom thingamajig?

Suzuki V-Strom DL1000

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I'm thinking you'll be fine. The mighty Strom is @ 525 lbs wet....I would think the Class V hitch would handle that.

Good Luck....maybe post some pictures after you get finished.

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O.K.

Found a brouchure from Ford on line that gives all the specs. Max tongue weight for a new F 250 /350 without the 6.7 liter diesel is 600 lbs. For the same truck with the diesel it says max tongue weight for the hitch is 850 lbs. Here's the link:

http://www.ford.com/resources/ford/g...erDtyNov18.pdf

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Max tongue weight rating is based on hitch size. 2" or 2.5"

There's a different rating for each size.
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Wayne,

Thanks for the link. I think I have seem enough to feel safe making one and knowing my truck can handle it without issue. I have no doubt I can over build a rack to hold the bike. My only concern was the tow rig.

BTW my Strom is a 2012 and I am loving it. I had a 98 KLR, but this Suzuki is much better.

I will post some pic when I finish it. I have to start it first.

Thanks to all that helped.

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you will probably want to add airbags also
and use the 2.5" shank not the 2" with adapter

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