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Old 03-08-2016, 02:19 PM   #11
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Thanks Cowracer, I was about to point out that the 7.3 is about half of the HP and Torque of a current model diesel. Very capable, but not near the level of a current model.

maybe HIS 7.3....

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Old 03-08-2016, 09:54 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone for the info and replies. Looks like I'll come in right at the limits of the one I'm looking at (37ft FR Sabre). I've seen what seems like far inferior vehicles towing 5th wheels that size down the road (not that that's the right thing to do). Tow 12,000 - 15,000 pounds of hay and beef with no problems. Was just kind shocked at the low numbers for a long bed 4x4 while looking at truck campers a few years ago. One of the reasons I ended up with a TT first. I'll eventually have a newer F250/350, but just hard to justify with a 7.3 right now with less than 140,000 on the clock running like a top. Looking forward to more room of the 5th wheel first.
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Old 03-08-2016, 10:06 PM   #13
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I had a 2002 F250 2WD shortbed, that I pulled a 9000 lb, 30 ft bunk house. It would go anywhere all day (and night). It was a great combo. The early 00' model F250s had the same spring rates and suspension as a SRW F350. Only difference in published weight ratings was due to lesser tire capacity. Upgrade the tires and you basically had a F350 of that era. That's changed with the next gen of truck.

And as Cowracer (Hi Imperial from Edwardsville) noted. It was really easy to get a 7.3 up to today's level of power. I had mine chipped, exhausted, injected up to 425HP and 830 lb/ft. Roughly the same as my current 2011 F350 (400/800) and my 02 weighed 1000 lbs less. And all that cost me less than $3,000.

If your truck is stock, I'd probably look for 30-31 ft, under 11,000 lb trailer. A non-modified 7.3 will feel under powered with a 12,000lb + trailer.

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Old 03-08-2016, 10:37 PM   #14
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I have owned four 5ers; a 28' Jayco then a 36 Crossroads Cruiser. We have since downgraded to a 24.7' FR. We got tired of pulling the 36 and kids are grown now so we're happy with the smaller one. Pull with a 2500 HD Chevrolet.
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Thanks everyone for the info and replies. Looks like I'll come in right at the limits of the one I'm looking at (37ft FR Sabre). I've seen what seems like far inferior vehicles towing 5th wheels that size down the road (not that that's the right thing to do). Tow 12,000 - 15,000 pounds of hay and beef with no problems. Was just kind shocked at the low numbers for a long bed 4x4 while looking at truck campers a few years ago. One of the reasons I ended up with a TT first. I'll eventually have a newer F250/350, but just hard to justify with a 7.3 right now with less than 140,000 on the clock running like a top. Looking forward to more room of the 5th wheel first.
I tow a 36' Montana 5th wheel with my 01 F350/LB/CC with a V-10/4:30 gears and it does just fine.
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