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How much can a F-250 Pull?

i'm looking at buying a used 250 or 350 crew cab with the 6.0L diesel. i've got a boat trailer combo that weighs around 10,000lbs loaded, will a 250 pull it or should i go to the 350?
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Looking at the 6.0L F250 and a 10k load. You are within Ford Specs for driving an F250. F250's are rated to tow 12,500 conventional, when properly equipped. Both the F250 and F350 have the same formal tow ratings, the difference comes in as the F350 can hold more tongue weight.

I'm assuming either truck would be a SRW, and in my opinion go with the F350.
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Both will pull the same assuming equal axle gearing.

If you have your eye on a 250 you can do what im doing and just add the firestone air bags to help the 250's considerably softer rear springs.

My 250 seems like a half ton truck compared to a co-workers 350 both SRW trucks but his truck doesnt squat really at all with the same weight that squished my truck...Mine rides better though

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thanks for the help guys!
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250s do not have softer springs, they just use a smaller block, 2 or 2.5 inch as opposed to the 350 which uses a 4". The main leaf pack has the same number of leaves.

As for towing 10k with a 250, it will pull it like a dream. Hell just a month ago i grossed 22,660 lbs all the way from international falls MN to northwest Ohio. Nearly 1000 miles.

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Would my truck not having overload springs on the rear effect my ride and load carrying capacity? Maybe its just the difference in tires between the two trucks...? I am on stock GY and he has the stock size Dunlop rover Maxxtraction or w/e hugely long name they are.

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what is the legal max load you can tow with a f250 7.3 and 5th wheel hitch??????

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250s do not have softer springs, they just use a smaller block, 2 or 2.5 inch as opposed to the 350 which uses a 4". The main leaf pack has the same number of leaves.

As for towing 10k with a 250, it will pull it like a dream. Hell just a month ago i grossed 22,660 lbs all the way from international falls MN to northwest Ohio. Nearly 1000 miles.
So about 14-15k Jake?


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what is the legal max load you can tow with a f250 7.3 and 5th wheel hitch??????
A little off the OP, but I'll answer that for ya.
That F250 should have a GCWR of 20k, and its rated by Ford to pull 13.7k max. (the 2WD, Reg cab)
Here's the second part to that equation, you need to look at your RAWR and look at the tongue weight of the trailer your pulling. Legally, you need to make sure you don't violate your axle rating in the rear.

Can these trucks pull more, you bet they can, however look over the laws and regulations. If something happens and you're proven to be overweight, you can be held liable in the courts, and insurance can deny your claims.

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A little off the OP, but I'll answer that for ya.
That F250 should have a GCWR of 20k, and its rated by Ford to pull 13.7k max. (the 2WD, Reg cab)
Here's the second part to that equation, you need to look at your RAWR and look at the tongue weight of the trailer your pulling. Legally, you need to make sure you don't violate your axle rating in the rear.

Can these trucks pull more, you bet they can, however look over the laws and regulations. If something happens and you're proven to be overweight, you can be held liable in the courts, and insurance can deny your claims.
Does that change with the 4x4 ext cab trucks?? I am buying a camper before to long i want to get as big as i can but not go over the max limit. Also may pull it with a 2000 7.3 4 crew cab 6 speed man 2 wheel drive srw. THX!!!

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