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Old 10-02-2014, 10:23 PM   #31
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Actually got that info from the ford truck forum. The point is there is no difference between the two. Ford just gives a higher weight rating to the f350. Springs are identical. I suppose they get away with it because of the spacer and badging


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I ordered a new 2005 F350 SRW that had the heaviest of FOUR available GVW ratings (without DRW) and a cargo capacity of 4,100 pounds. I know the heaviest F250 availble that year had a payload of about 2,850 pounds, that's why I bought the F350. So your Ford forum information is not correct. You already know you're overloaded so I'm only trying to correct the information you used to decide it's OK.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:21 PM   #32
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I ordered a new 2005 F350 SRW that had the heaviest of FOUR available GVW ratings (without DRW) and a cargo capacity of 4,100 pounds. I know the heaviest F250 availble that year had a payload of about 2,850 pounds, that's why I bought the F350. So your Ford forum information is not correct. You already know you're overloaded so I'm only trying to correct the information you used to decide it's OK.

Here's the link. Quite informative

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/11...r-and-faq.html


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Old 10-02-2014, 11:25 PM   #33
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air bags DO NOT add payload capacity. If you don't want a dually, get a single wheel one ton. I love mine. Sits perfectly level with my 5th wheel on it and I carry plenty of stuff in bed too.

Did you read the part about the differences between a 3/4 ton and 1 ton?


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I ordered a new 2005 F350 SRW that had the heaviest of FOUR available GVW ratings (without DRW) and a cargo capacity of 4,100 pounds. I know the heaviest F250 availble that year had a payload of about 2,850 pounds, that's why I bought the F350. So your Ford forum information is not correct. You already know you're overloaded so I'm only trying to correct the information you used to decide it's OK.

Note: I have not yet purchased the fifth wheel, hence I cannot yet know that I'm overloaded.



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Here's the link. Quite informative

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Ive used those figures as explanation many times. .... (although the original post is older, there is a link to newer trucks further down)......oddly enough I had a supposed "ford tech" argue that the axle info was misprinted and they were in fact the same on the 250/350....??..the axle rating is over 1000lbs more??..how could they be the same??..lol...whatever....its a fun debate regardless. ..
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Ive used those figures as explanation many times. .... (although the original post is older, there is a link to newer trucks further down)......oddly enough I had a supposed "ford tech" argue that the axle info was misprinted and they were in fact the same on the 250/350....??..the axle rating is over 1000lbs more??..how could they be the same??..lol...whatever....its a fun debate regardless. ..

Yeah, some people think you're crazy to suggest the two trucks are equally equipped. I try not to talk to those people 😄


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As a service tech for a long time and a salesman at a ford dealer two things come to mind. First it's not how much you can pull its how much you can stop. That's the major reason to make sure your tv brake systems are what's needed with room to spare and they are well maintained. 2 weight does come into play. 200 to 300 lbs isn't a lot but 500 and up makes a major difference. I recommend trying to pull the trailer first before buying it. Specially if your going to be towing it all over.


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As a service tech for a long time and a salesman at a ford dealer two things come to mind. First it's not how much you can pull its how much you can stop. That's the major reason to make sure your tv brake systems are what's needed with room to spare and they are well maintained. 2 weight does come into play. 200 to 300 lbs isn't a lot but 500 and up makes a major difference. I recommend trying to pull the trailer first before buying it. Specially if your going to be towing it all over.


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That's an excellent suggestion.


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As a service tech for a long time and a salesman at a ford dealer two things come to mind. First it's not how much you can pull its how much you can stop. That's the major reason to make sure your tv brake systems are what's needed with room to spare and they are well maintained. 2 weight does come into play. 200 to 300 lbs isn't a lot but 500 and up makes a major difference. I recommend trying to pull the trailer first before buying it. Specially if your going to be towing it all over.


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Btw, all brake pads recently replaced with Wagner heavy duty pads. Brake fluid flushed. System working as well as can be expected.


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If I were going to intentionally tow over my payload capacity and/or my RAWR, I would be more concerned about upgrading my rear tires than adding airbags. Airbags only help the ride quality and the look (sagging). Every RAWR I have ever checked out was exactly equal to the weight rating of the original rear tires combined. This is obvious (to me) proof that the rear tires are the weak link. Upgrading the tires (and wheels if necessary) would actually add an additional level of safety that airbags do not. In the event of an accident and lawsuit, a good lawyer could easily convince a jury this method was acceptable (assuming you were within all other ratings). I can assure you that as a juror, I would take this "realistic" approach vs a "by the book" approach.

And now that I think about it...I wouldn't be surprised to find that the tires are another difference between the F250 and F350 models. I wonder what the weight ratings of the tires on the new trucks are.
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