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Old 06-01-2014, 07:45 PM   #221
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ST, I went through the same analysis last fall and ended up with an F350 pretty much exactly like yours. However, I do think the payload number on the F250 is an artificial limit driven by marketing rather than technical aspects. I understand that anyone using a truck in interstate commerce is subject to commercial driver license and rules if the truck has GVWR of greater than 10,000 lbs., and I'm guessing a large part of Fords target market for F250 is commercial. I've been through all the technical specs for axles, tires, springs, etc. and there is no apparent technical reason for there to be 1500 lbs. difference in the payload rating of F250 Vs. F350. However, to avoid any legal exposures due to "overloading" according to the nameplate, I went ahead and got the F350 as well. This did create a different problem for me, as it is now impossible to level my trailer when towing, because the bed is so high on the truck, and I have torsion axles on my Rockwood. Fortunately I have enough excess capacity on the trailer axles and tires, that even with the extra weight on the rear tires due to the out of level, I am still below the load specs, and it tows just fine. Also, I've checked the tire temperature and pressure rise when travelling and haven't seen any significant difference in front and rear tires.
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:50 PM   #222
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MikeInRaleigh, You can put a riser kit on the trailer. How much does the trailer need to be raised?

Have you considered longer rear shackles on the truck to lower it? I did on my 1/2T because I don't like to see it "running downhill".
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:53 PM   #223
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Cheaper/easier to remove the spacer block between the axle housing and springs on the truck
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:34 AM   #224
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I put a riser kit on my Rockwood fifth wheel and that was the best $150 I ever spent. Now camper sits level on my truck.
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:00 PM   #225
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Last trip to San Diego, we say a Toyota Tacoma with at least a 30 ft fifth wheel. I thought that was crazy. I should have taken a picture.
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:23 PM   #226
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Last trip to San Diego, we say a Toyota Tacoma with at least a 30 ft fifth wheel. I thought that was crazy. I should have taken a picture.
Not a Toyota, but still a 1/2T.
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:29 PM   #227
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Thats not that bad. Here is my former rig, and I was within all the ratings. Of course mine was a heavy payload F150...

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Yes 1/2ton with my 5th wheel. Five years now. Drive train serviced every other year, differential and tranny flushed. Still going....
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:32 PM   #229
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Last trip to San Diego, we say a Toyota Tacoma with at least a 30 ft fifth wheel. I thought that was crazy. I should have taken a picture.

Tacoma or Tundra? There's a big difference in those 2...
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