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Old 05-19-2007, 01:07 PM   #1
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Why is GVWR less than GAWRs?

I'm looking at an 08 F250 with a GVWR of 10000 with a weight of 8179 (scale) leaving pax and cargo load of only 1821 (door sticker). Front GAWR is 6000# and rear GAWR is 6100#. Why is the GVWR so much less than the combined GAWR?
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Old 05-19-2007, 01:20 PM   #2
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Because the parts are rated at more than the frame. Ford uses many of the same parts on both the F250 and F350, thus the capacity differential.
Also, technically, an F250 only needs a capacity of 1500 pounds to be considered a 3/4 ton truck, so anything over that is a bonus.
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Old 05-19-2007, 02:10 PM   #3
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As far as I can find out, everything is the same on the 350 except for a slightly different rear axle and the springs. Would prefer not to go with a 350 mainly because I can't find the one I want on the ground. Thanks
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Old 05-19-2007, 02:48 PM   #4
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hi ac'

are you sure about that curb weight?

most of the 250s are under 7k with a payload of 3k....

is this truck modified, got a utility bed, camper shell or some other thing?

8100 lbs is about where the 450s and dualie 350s measure...

still the axle, wheel, tire capacity also must allow for towing parameters beyond the truck payload.

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here is the curb weights and max payload for each flavor of 250 list just below....



Base Curb Weight

F250 SRW 5675 6135 5925 6385 6050 6515 6100 6560 6225 6685

max payload

F250 SRW 3130 2860 3070 2810 3150 2880 3100 2830 3170 2910

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I'm sure of the curb weight (weighed on a CAT scale).
I'm referring to an 08 F250 loaded King Ranch 4x4 on the dealer's lot. The payload is on a sticker on the door frame. After subtracting the sticker payload from the GVWR you get pretty much what I got by weighing the vehicle on the CAT scales.
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OUCH! Those things have really pigged up! My 96 Crew Cab dually runs the scales around 7200# or so...I have a factory GVW of 10,000# but the truck is actually capable of more I suspect that 12-13k# would be closer to reality.

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