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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-26-2011, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 08 Superduty 4x4 Super Cab 5.4 Triton with 6.5 box. It has the tow package. My question is what is the maximum GVW I can tow with a 3.73 weight distribution 5th wheel hitch. The Ford site states 16000 lbs for a 3.73 and a 5.4, but at the bottom of this column it says maimum towing with conventional weight distributing is 12500 lbs. Which number should I use?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-26-2011, 09:47 PM
 
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I believe the 16000 lbs is the GVCW, so if you deduct the weight of the truck you get the 12500 lbs
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I'll agree with wolfman1, although I have never worried too much about the restrictions. they set them pretty low.

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You won't likely break anything but lets say hills & wind will not be your friend if you start pulling 7K + with a 5.4 in a 4x4 Super Duty Super Cab.

According to Ford, tow limit (TT or 5th wheel) for 2008 Ext 4x4/ 3.73/ 5.4 is 9400# with an Auto and 8400# with Manual.
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Tow Question

Thanks for answering my question, I just may have to think diesel or v10.
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I would say go for diesel. The V 10's are pretty rough on the fuel under big loads (so I have heard). Plus toss a tuner on a diesel and you can't beat that milage.

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Decide how many miles you will actually tow per year. If the number is pretty low, (X,000, not XX,000) and you are looking at it only from a financial perspective, gas will win out every time. If you are looking at new, you add 10K to the truck to get the diesel and start paying well over $100 for oil changes. Gas would probably be the best choice. Even used, the gas trucks get given away compared to diesel.

If you can live with the power of the 5.4L, that will likely be the cheapest to operate but in an optioned up truck (ext or crew & 4x4) you need torque, not HP to make the truck feel "spirited" and the 5.4 won't deliver compared to the V10/diesel.

Hey, no one said that choices were easy in life
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How much weight on a regular basis do you intend to tow ?

I pull 6-7000 lbs with my 250's and 150 all with 5.4's and have no problems
I have an 05 F250, 2 08 F150's that are 2wd and the 150 is a 2010 4x4
all are reg cab, long boxes.
This is with receiver hitches not 5th wheel or gooseneck
The trucks don't seem to be working hard to pull this weight until you climb a large
hill, even then there is no issue other than the truck has to work.
Down the highway you barely know there's a trailer connected
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Hello Folks

Thanks for your valuable comments, my plan is to try it first and then decide what to do. I have some interest in the new Ecoboost F150. Ford says the new engine will develop 350 hp also it develops 400 ft/lbs of torque at 2000 rpm.
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