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Old 06-18-2021, 09:19 PM   #1
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Dumbest Towing Question Ever

Can you tow a FR3 DS-25 with a 2020 F250 4x4 CCLB SRW 6.2L gas?

Tilting up my blast fence….
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Old 06-18-2021, 09:50 PM   #2
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Can you tow a FR3 DS-25 with a 2020 F250 4x4 CCLB SRW 6.2L gas?

Tilting up my blast fence….
LOL. Why? How far?

I'm going with not recommended unless I was just dragging it down the block. The F250 is good for around 15K but the DS25 weighs up to 16K. You can't easily trailer it and you really can't flat tow it, so how would you pull it?
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Agreed. Why? And how far?
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Old 06-20-2021, 02:09 PM   #4
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Our 2014 DS-25 has 17,000 miles on it, without a warranty. 2020 F250 has a warranty.

Since the Superduty can tow the weight, and assuming the RV can be flat towed, thought driving a 4x4 would make for a more comfortable safer place to be.

Trip length

California to Maine and back.

Have to buy a tow bar either way, so?
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Old 06-20-2021, 02:14 PM   #5
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I'm definitely no expert, but that doesn't sound safe to me. Besides, what's the point of a motorhome if you're going to tow it? Why not just get ride of the motorhome and buy a trailer or fifth wheel?
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Old 06-20-2021, 02:33 PM   #6
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Can you tow a FR3 DS-25 with a 2020 F250 4x4 CCLB SRW 6.2L gas?

Tilting up my blast fence….
This post is appearing way to soon.
April Fool’s Day is about 10 months away.

Seriously?

You think it’s even remotely suggested or recommended you tow a Class A motorhome BEHIND a pickup? Warranty or not.

How did you figure you might stop it?
How did you figure you might see around it?

Your post was at least good for entertainment.
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That might indeed be the dumbest towing question ever. Nope, it IS the dumbest.
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Old 06-21-2021, 11:08 AM   #8
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Trip length

California to Maine and back.

Have to buy a tow bar either way, so?
Just rent a tow dolly from u-haul...

There's the dumbest reply to the dumbest question.
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That might indeed be the dumbest towing question ever. Nope, it IS the dumbest.
Momma always said, if you don't have anything nice to say, it's better to say nothing at all.

While I am not 100% certain if this is a real question or not, I'm not going to insult the OP.

To answer the question- no, no way, no how, just no.
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I think you have too much truck.

Ask any Ecoboost owner and he will tell you how far superior his truck's capabilities are to your measly 3/4 ton. He would, of course, have to incorporate in a Hensley Arrow or Propride hitch to get the full affect.

I do have to ask (for sake of conversation), how do you plan to tow it?

4 down, dolly or on a trailer? Either way, your motorhome has a 16,000 GVWR and your truck at best with 4.30 gearing is rated at 15,000 tow capacity.
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Can you tow a FR3 DS-25 with a 2020 F250 4x4 CCLB SRW 6.2L gas?

Tilting up my blast fence….
No. No easy way to brake it. No reliable way to steer it. No way to keep the transmission from eating itself unless you remove the driveshaft. No way to keep the thousands of inevitable pictures of you off of social media. No way to explain to the officers who stop why you're doing something that's probably illegal in at least 43 states without a special permit.
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No. No easy way to brake it. No reliable way to steer it. No way to keep the transmission from eating itself unless you remove the driveshaft. No way to keep the thousands of inevitable pictures of you off of social media. No way to explain to the officers who stop why you're doing something that's probably illegal in at least 43 states without a special permit.
Braking is the only real problem here as I see it. Steering won't be any different than flat towing a smaller 4-Wheeler.


Of course one could just tell any Trooper that stops them "Towing? I'm not towing it. It's pushing me and I'm just up here steering."

Equip it with remote controls like the Railroads do for those engines at the back of long trains.


I wouldn't call this one of the dumbest questions I've read but it definitely is "interesting".
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Old 06-21-2021, 06:22 PM   #13
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Yes, a real question - I own both vehicles as stated.

An FR-3 DS-25 is 13,250lbs dry(subject to verification on a certified scale), our F250 can tow 13,500lbs.

All 8 wheels are braking when equipped with an automatic braking system.

Call for a Class A RV tow, do they not tow you with the rear wheels on the ground?

Name calling aside, my questions stands - can it be done legally?
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Not the dumbest question I've ever heard, but it ranks right up there in the Ridiculous category.
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As I read the specs of your 2020 F250 the Towing Capacity could be anywhere from12,500 to 22,000 depending on how it is equipped:

https://www.carindigo.com/ford/f-250...owing-capacity

Assuming the Towing Capacity is within limits your next issue is braking. Most if not all states REQUIRE trailers over a given weight be equipped with brakes. IE NO brakes, NO tow.

How do you intend to activate the brakes on the MH?

One last item, Why not simply drive the low mileage MH?
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As I read the specs of your 2020 F250 the Towing Capacity could be anywhere from12,500 to 22,000 depending on how it is equipped:

https://www.carindigo.com/ford/f-250...owing-capacity

Assuming the Towing Capacity is within limits your next issue is braking. Most if not all states REQUIRE trailers over a given weight be equipped with brakes. IE NO brakes, NO tow.

How do you intend to activate the brakes on the MH?

One last item, Why not simply drive the low mileage MH?


And tow the truck.
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.....An FR-3 DS-25 is 13,250lbs dry(subject to verification on a certified scale), our F250 can tow 13,500lb.....

....my questions stands - can it be done legally?
NO.

Look at your own numbers and see how they don't add up.

You state the tow capacity of your truck is 13,500. Not sure where you even got that number because Ford lists it as either 12,300 (3.73) or 14,800 (4.30) based on the differential gearing. Check out PAGE 22 for your configuration.

You also state the DRY weight of the RV is 13,250. Have you added absolutely no accessories? Won't it be stocked up for camping? Or, will you have every pot, pan, toothbrush and cornhole game in the bed of your truck? With anything added to that 13,250, it will be well over the 13,500 that you claim your truck can tow. Also, don't forget whatever is connecting the RV to the truck, that weighs something too and is subtracted from the towing capacity.

Bottom line, there's a good reason that motorhome is called just that....it has a motor for a reason. Wait....yep, I just had a thought.....take the motor out to save some weight!
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Thanks for the replies.

That trailer holding a class A looks sketchy.

Any toad needs a good bar/hitch and a braking system. Any ground spinning wheel would have braking force?

Flat towing is what I am proposing.

I will get the DS-25 weighed and report back.

Towing lbs numbers came from FORDs’ own website for our truck.

Still looking for a reason for it not to be legal.
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I just don't understand the why. You have a low mileage class A. What's the point of having a motorhome if you're going to tow it?
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