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Old 06-11-2016, 04:41 PM   #1
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I'm new here, but have been towing a 28' Cruiser for 12 years. I have a 2002
F250 7.3 Diesel I a'm purchasing a 2014/15 351 Eagle Premier wt. 12,239
My 1st. question is do I have enough truck to pull this 5th wheel? Most people say I do. Also looking for any recommended upgrades. I'm looking at adding a trans. cooler, new shocks, newer break controler- the one that came with the truck is a break force? We plan to be on the road more than our two trips a year. Took the Cruiser to Maine 8 years. Fla. twice Montana and Glacier 2yrs. ago Any advice is welcome.
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Old 06-11-2016, 05:13 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. As your unit is not a Forest river product you may have to post this question under the off topic . Later RJD
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Old 06-11-2016, 08:08 PM   #3
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I'm new here, but have been towing a 28' Cruiser for 12 years. I have a 2002
F250 7.3 Diesel I a'm purchasing a 2014/15 351 Eagle Premier wt. 12,239
My 1st. question is do I have enough truck to pull this 5th wheel? Most people say I do. Also looking for any recommended upgrades. I'm looking at adding a trans. cooler, new shocks, newer break controler- the one that came with the truck is a break force? We plan to be on the road more than our two trips a year. Took the Cruiser to Maine 8 years. Fla. twice Montana and Glacier 2yrs. ago Any advice is welcome.
Since your 5th wheel is not a Forest River product, not sure we can be of specific help.

Since nearly everyone here owns FR products and not Jayco products, most help will be of a generic RV nature.

As far as towing the trailer, you need to post more specs and info on truck and trailer.
Like truck payload, trailer pin weight.
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Old 06-12-2016, 12:58 AM   #4
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Greetings and Welcome to va buckeye...

You need to do a web browser search for the following:
2002 Towing Guide - fleet.ford.com

You will be rewarded with a PDF file with the towing capacities for all of Ford's trucks for your Ford's model year. Scroll down to the bottom of page 19 to confirm your Ford determined maximum rated safe towing capacity. The values shown are for an empty truck with a single occupant, the driver. It appears that for your F250 with 7.3L turbo diesel your right on the cusp of being overloaded. The max loaded weight of your TT may list as 14,995 Lbs with a dry weight of 12.4K Lbs (Jayco's web page). Page 19 would put your maximum towing capacity at between 13.8K Lbs down to 13.1K Lbs depending on cab configuration and transmission. There are 2 axle ratios, 3.73 and 4.10. Having the 4.10 axle will only afford you an increase of 100-200 Lbs towing capacity.
It's up to you to decide to stay within the safety ratings. If it was me, I'd at least want duallies on the tow vehicle and a 1-ton rated truck. Enjoy!
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