Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-21-2014, 03:04 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Fort White, Fl
Posts: 547
F350 Dually

I currently have a 2003 F250 7.3 and while it does a great job pulling my Crusader 325res as a matter of fact it pulls the Crusader better then it did my old 2006 Rockwood 8280SS. I am at or over the GVWR (don't tell the weight police) and i am entertaining buying a Brand Spanking New F350 Dually Diesel. I am tired of telling the DW that we can't take this or that because it is too heavy. So I would like to get some opinions/comments from any of you guys that have a F350 with the 6.7. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.
__________________

__________________
2014 Crusader 325res Touring Edition
2003 Silverado Duramax 6.6 Dually Longbed 2wd Crew Cab
Nights Camped 2014-51
RickV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2014, 07:35 PM   #2
Member
 
garmford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 96
What makes you believe that you are overweight? Our first fiver was about the same weight as yours and we pulled it easy with a 2003 F-250. But, we now have a 2012 F-350 drw with the 6.7 and love it!! It pulls our now 15000 lb camper with ease. It should be easy to sell your old truck, the 7.3 is very sought after!


Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
__________________

__________________
2012 F350 DRW 6.7 PSD
Blue Ridge 3710 BH
garmford is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2014, 09:25 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Fort White, Fl
Posts: 547
Quote:
Originally Posted by garmford View Post
What makes you believe that you are overweight? Our first fiver was about the same weight as yours and we pulled it easy with a 2003 F-250. But, we now have a 2012 F-350 drw with the 6.7 and love it!! It pulls our now 15000 lb camper with ease. It should be easy to sell your old truck, the 7.3 is very sought after!


Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
I have taken it through the scales. GVWR is 8800# on the sticker. I was about 300# over that loaded for camping. The thing that I wonder about is the rear axle has a 6000#+ rating and I was at around 4900# and the top helper spring (the inverted one) does not even contact the stops.
__________________
2014 Crusader 325res Touring Edition
2003 Silverado Duramax 6.6 Dually Longbed 2wd Crew Cab
Nights Camped 2014-51
RickV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2014, 09:47 PM   #4
Plain Old Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Full Timing in South Louisiana
Posts: 1,938
Wanna trade? You have a gem. Those things are getting hard to find in good shape. Nah, wife won't let me. If it were a 350, maybe. I'm not saying it's right, but the people around where I live don't pay those weight tags much mind. I've seen everything from dozers to road graders behind them.

Only issues I've had with our 350, is EGT sensor. All those sensors in the exhaust seem to be a known problem. I've had 2 replaced so far in a year. Very aggravating. I still like the truck though.
__________________
John and Rebecca Dickson
Emma-7 / Little John-5 / Iva-1
Full Timing Again, Rev B
2013 Ford F-350 Lariat CC LB PSD
2015 SOB TT - With OC's Awning Poles (#8)
At least in Heaven, RVs will be perfect, and I won't have to keep fixing them.
BigJohnD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2014, 09:56 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Bryce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Lil's Hair Salon and Peanut-eria (Georgia)
Posts: 150
What spring codes do you have?
Legally, you might be overweight according to the 8800 GVWR, but if optioned similar to mine, the one difference between it and a F-350 SRW is the taller rear axle blocks. This 8800 GVWR was evidently done to get under certain classifications for taxes/licensing in various states that do that, because everything else is equal on a 250 vs 350.

On my '01, I Have VB springs and the factory Camper package (overload springs and rear sway bar).

I know I'm over that 8800 GVWR, but under on axles and GCWR.

Like yours, my overloads don't touch when sitting still. These are pictures of my overloads and the scale report on that same day.

If you have a 7.3 in good shape, I'd say it's a keeper.

Driver's Side



Passenger Side



Add 2 more adults to the weight that didn't go to the scales with us.



__________________
'01 F-250 PSD CC 4x4 SB
'08 Wildwood LE 26TBSS

State's we've RVed in
Bryce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2014, 09:57 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Seasonal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: S/E Wisconsin
Posts: 372
I like my Ford f250 but would have to take a dodge for a test ride. They have a lot of good stuff going on these days.
__________________
Ford 2015 F250 Crew Lariat Ultimate 6.7L Diesel 4X4

Seasonal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2014, 10:45 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
The_Rhino's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 625
I agree that you have plenty of truck for what you are towing & that engine will last over 250K miles if you treat 'er right... That 7.3 is a beast even in a 1 ton with a high-side dump bed, etc. Your truck was a popular choice for construction teams, landscapers, etc. & I think Ford went easy on the GCVW numbers because they know how these things get abused... IF you have the manual tranny, that could be the weak link, so put some thought into your shift points on hills, etc. and you should be fine.

IMO there is not a specific logic to how manufacturers calculate their tow ratings... My '11 Ram 2500 CC ST w/5.7 Hemi has a payload capacity of 3,000 but a tow rating of only 9,100 & GCVW of only 15,000. The following year the only change they made was to swap-out the 5 speed tranny for a 6 speed and they upped the tow capacity to 11,100 & GCVW to 17,000. I'm not towing in the mountains & my 5 speed tranny never overheats so IMO the 15,000 was a conservative number for that year.

In comparison, the trend of the new 1/2 tons is to push the tow ratings higher & higher and some folks won't realize how little truck they have until they are in a tight spot. Slightly overloading your 3/4 ton with a GCVW of 15,000 isn't placing anyone in danger vs. overloading a 1/2 ton... As noted, the worst you can do is burn through a tranny & if you haven't done that already, you are probably good to go...
__________________
2011 RAM 2500 ST Crew Cab 5.7 Hemi ($14K in '13)
2011 Primetime 3150BHD Touring Edition ($20K in '14)
Days camped in 2017-31
2016-36; 2015-37; 2014-31

The_Rhino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2014, 10:48 PM   #8
Plain Old Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Full Timing in South Louisiana
Posts: 1,938
I find Rhino's comment interesting as well. The truck manufacturers keep going for more and more, and the trailer manufacturers keep trying to get lighter and lighter. They're passing each other up going opposite directions I reckon.
__________________
John and Rebecca Dickson
Emma-7 / Little John-5 / Iva-1
Full Timing Again, Rev B
2013 Ford F-350 Lariat CC LB PSD
2015 SOB TT - With OC's Awning Poles (#8)
At least in Heaven, RVs will be perfect, and I won't have to keep fixing them.
BigJohnD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2014, 11:38 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
QCCowboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Illinois
Posts: 880
Ok, so to try and answer your question on the 6.7, the good, the bad, the ugly. I have a 2012 F350 DRW with the 6.7, with about 18k miles on it (pretty much used for the purpose of pulling our QBOK).

The good: does this thing have power. I have pulled our 36QBOK from Illinois to Florida and Texas and several places in between and have not run into a hill/mountain I cannot climb or vehicle I cannot pass when necessary. The engine braking when in towing mode is excellent!

I have always been a fan of the Ford interior as well and spaciousness it provides. We have traveled several thousand miles with me, the wife, our two daughters and the 80lb. Lab in it with nobody cramped for space.

It is also extremely quiet! Have had people riding with me that didn't even know it was a diesel.

The bad (if you can call it that) : yes, you have to use DEF. But read up on Tier IV emissions and find out that it really can make a difference in our environment. I have only filled the tank a few times and have found that Blue DEF is about the cheapest around (available at Walmart and other big box stores) aside from buying it at a truck stop direct from the pump.

You do also get nice warnings to check coolant additive which you can do yourself (with a refractometer and test kit from ACUSTRIP) or have the dealer do it for you. It uses "specialty" orange coolant vs. green coolant, but if necessary you can recharge twice before flushing. If you have any contamination, you will have to do a complete flush and fill (but this is usually the result of someone adding the wrong coolant.)

The ugly: can't think of anything, but some people have run into problems with the high pressure fuel pump. To aid in preventing this I always use a diesel supplement that both lubricates and is a cetane booster. Doesn't take much (using the motocraft brand it is 4oz. to every 25 gallons.) also check the water separator at least once per month.

If you run into a problem with this, it could be a costly repair.

The 6.7 is a beast of a motor and I love my F350!
__________________
Jack of all trades - Master of none
2012 F350 CC DRW - 6.7L PSD
2014 Sabre 36QBOK
QCCowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2014, 11:52 PM   #10
Member
 
Lynkage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Denver
Posts: 1,149
Quote:
Originally Posted by QCCowboy View Post
Ok, so to try and answer your question on the 6.7, the good, the bad, the ugly. I have a 2012 F350 DRW with the 6.7, with about 18k miles on it (pretty much used for the purpose of pulling our QBOK).

The good: does this thing have power. I have pulled our 36QBOK from Illinois to Florida and Texas and several places in between and have not run into a hill/mountain I cannot climb or vehicle I cannot pass when necessary. The engine braking when in towing mode is excellent!

I have always been a fan of the Ford interior as well and spaciousness it provides. We have traveled several thousand miles with me, the wife, our two daughters and the 80lb. Lab in it with nobody cramped for space.

It is also extremely quiet! Have had people riding with me that didn't even know it was a diesel.

The bad (if you can call it that) : yes, you have to use DEF. But read up on Tier IV emissions and find out that it really can make a difference in our environment. I have only filled the tank a few times and have found that Blue DEF is about the cheapest around (available at Walmart and other big box stores) aside from buying it at a truck stop direct from the pump.

You do also get nice warnings to check coolant additive which you can do yourself (with a refractometer and test kit from ACUSTRIP) or have the dealer do it for you. It uses "specialty" orange coolant vs. green coolant, but if necessary you can recharge twice before flushing. If you have any contamination, you will have to do a complete flush and fill (but this is usually the result of someone adding the wrong coolant.)

The ugly: can't think of anything, but some people have run into problems with the high pressure fuel pump. To aid in preventing this I always use a diesel supplement that both lubricates and is a cetane booster. Doesn't take much (using the motocraft brand it is 4oz. to every 25 gallons.) also check the water separator at least once per month.

If you run into a problem with this, it could be a costly repair.

The 6.7 is a beast of a motor and I love my F350!

I would say X2 to what QC Says! Mine is a 2012 F450 and I have just gone 20K. About 80% of that is towing the 5er. Love the ride and we put the 5 of us up front and some times a friend. The new ones have an exhaust brake as well.
__________________

__________________
Shane & Antoinette
2012 Ford F-450 SuperDuty
2013 Crusader 355BHQ
Lynkage is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
f350


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:22 AM.