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Old 07-01-2010, 08:34 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. I am looking at purchasing a one owner 1989 ford f250, 7.3 diesel lariat in mint condition. It has 143k. miles on the motor which is nothing for a diesel. It is not turbo charged. Is this vehicle capable of pulling my 31' Soverign land yatch or my wife's 1975, 31' land yatch successfully? Currently, I am able to pull my 1968 AS with my 1979 full size Bronco but get some fishtailing at higher speeds which I'm not happy with. Will the f250 handle the mountain climbs in NC/SC, and the Western states at normal speed limits? Thank you all for any input, Jim

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I just want to say that calling an '89 "vintage" makes me feel really old.

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Old 07-02-2010, 05:49 AM   #3
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You will find that the "older" trailers weighed a little bit less than the "wide body" units manufactured after 1994. I use a F250 with a 460 to pull my 28' unit primarily because of the "hills" in the Rocky Mountain area. It has about 130K miles on it and doing well. If you are willing to "go slower" while going over the hills then there should be no problem. We have a complete solar system on our trailer (4 80 watt panels with 8 batteries) that increased the tongue weight a bit. I have seen even 24' trailers affect how the full size Bronco pulls. That is primarily because of the short wheel base the Bronco has.

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