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Old 12-08-2008, 04:46 PM   #15
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Check out this link.

https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...trp18Aug07.pdf


Trailer towing capacity from 8200 #s to 12,500 #s. That is a big spread! Which depends on engine, tranny, axle and cab type. This link is for 2007. And yes from year to year there are differences.

Buy a 7 year old Excella (30') and it's GVWR is 8300 #s. I wouldn't want the F250 rated at 8200 #s.

BTW less dense air less power generated by an internal combustion engine.

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I agree with Action. If you don't need the 4x4 then stay away from it. It drives the cost of the unit up and the mileage down. I tow with an older F250 4x2. My trailer has 8,250 GVW plus I have a topper on the truck. Has the infamous 460 which ain't the best for gas mileage but it does well. When we get a different unit it will be a power stroke. I have had friends with the V-10 and their gas mileage was horendous. Guess what, I believe in Ford. The new F-150 looks interesting. Haven't seen the specs on it but they appear to have beefed up the towing capabilities.
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I have had good luck pulling with a 2000 F250 with the 7.3 Powerstroke. I pulled my 34 footer to Florida and back averaging 14-15 mph. This was with a 4X2 and six speed manual. I now pull with a 2000 F350 dually Powerstroke with Auto.....a bit overkill. I am a firm believer in buying the older 7.3 Powerstroke equiped trucks. That motor pulls hard and is a proven performer. Yet another oipinion
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:15 PM   #18
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Yes, the computers will adjust the mixture at altitude, and also with temperature, but the computer cannot adjust the fact there is less oxygen in the air, or the air is less dense at altitude, and that is why all internal combustion engines loose power as you go up in altitude. Super charging and turbo charging will help, but there is still a loss.
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In my original post, I forgot to mention the rear axel ratio. What are the thoughts on 4.10 or 4.30?

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We have the new F250 (2008) Powerstroke and absolutely love this truck. We have found the quality quite good and it pulls our 27FB with power to spare at ANY altitude. It was expensive ($50k) but wifey picked out what she wanted to be in. It has the crew cab and I bought a bedlocker which gives us a HUGE lockable trunk. It rides even better when loaded and we get 17 mpg solo at 70 mph and 14 towing. When diesel prices come back to normal, the investment will look even better. We bought the trailer and truck to keep a minumum of 10 years.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:23 PM   #21
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In my original post, I forgot to mention the rear axel ratio. What are the thoughts on 4.10 or 4.30?

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In my world ....... you find out* the max load and then get a TV that will do at least 110% of that number. Guess too low and that was an expensive venture that did not work. Guess too high and again you spent a lot of $ for over kill or to surpase the Jones.


*By running it across the scale fully loaded as a first choice. Or find the GVWR on the Airstream site under Customer Service and FAQ.


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Old 12-23-2008, 06:58 PM   #22
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Not all F250's are the same. Make sure the GCWR will handle the load you are considering. Axle ratio makes a big difference. Also a 4X2 will tow more than a 4X4. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Action
According to Ford's towing guide the towing capacity for diesels is the same for 2x4 and 4x4 vehicles. For gas engines the difference is only 400 lbs.
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I have had good luck pulling with a 2000 F250 with the 7.3 Powerstroke. I pulled my 34 footer to Florida and back averaging 14-15 mph. This was with a 4X2 and six speed manual. I now pull with a 2000 F350 dually Powerstroke with Auto.....a bit overkill. I am a firm believer in buying the older 7.3 Powerstroke equiped trucks. That motor pulls hard and is a proven performer. Yet another oipinion


I can go at least 20 MPH in my Chevy.....
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:01 PM   #24
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Only 20 MPH?? My ford will go over 20 MPH and still get 14 MPG towing..

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We took delivery on a brand new F-250 PSD 4x4 this afternoon. We got almost $13,000 off of the sticker price so it's a great time to buy. We haven't towed our 28 ft safari yet but I'm sure it will do a great job . The ride is a little rougher than our F-150 was but the 250 really kicks butt!
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Congrats on the new truck. I am in the car business and its bleek! We used to sell 50 new and 60 used each month.. now we are lucky and i mean lucky to sell 15 new and 20 used. This will weed out the men from the boys and you will see many dealers fall. We own most of our inventory and facilities but these guys with bank loans are in trouble.
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F250 best of TV's we've used

We have pulled our "96/25' Airstream Excella with a '98 Ford Expedition (1/2 ton, 5.4 Liter), '2000 Yukon XL (3/4 ton, 5.7 Liter), and 2006 F250 (Long-Bed,tow package w/built-in brake contoller,5.4 liter). All did an adequate job, but the longer wheel base increases of the Yukon and F250 were noticeable improvements. The F250 is by far the best tow vehicle of the three. It is a two-wheel drive for the towing package special marketing, but we miss four-wheel drive here in the Berkshires in Dec.

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Old 12-24-2008, 10:17 AM   #28
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... I am in the car business and its bleek! ... now we are lucky and i mean lucky to sell 15 new and 20 used. This will weed out the men from the boys and you will see many dealers fall. We own most of our inventory and facilities but these guys with bank loans are in trouble.
Since you follow and have access to REAL automotive news...I have a question...

A couple of years ago there was mention of the Feds imposing some sort of "Tow Rating Guideline" on all of the manufacturers...in other words, some sort of test or design criteria to enable consumers to compare apples to apples when it came time to deciding on a Tow Vehicle. This would have taken the tow rating determination away from the individual manufacturers by massaging input parameters in a spread sheet to allow the public to REALLY compare tow ratings from various manufacturers and what the true measure of a particular vehicle was...

Did anything ever come of this, or is the oldheimers fogging up my brain?

Thanks...
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