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Grit dog

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Posted: 04/14/21 09:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That size of trailer, get the 4.30 gears, don’t waiver on this. You’ll want em, period.
ANY F350 srw has the rear axle capacity to handle that pin weight, not a question, nor debate able , regardless of “options” or opinions.
Go order the color and trim level that you want. Don’t get wrapped up in the minutia that is getting brought out in this thread and every one like it.


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4x4ord wrote:

I can’t imagine why anyone would buy an F350 with a gas engine .... my way of thinking is if I need more than a half ton to pull it I’m going diesel, but, yes a F350 SRW 7.3 gas would work for that trailer. You’ll want the 7230 lb rear axle.


I’ll ask a leading question, like you tend to do a lot.
What is different about the “7230 lb” rated axle from the other F350 axles? And what would make the lower rated ones or even the smaller axle in the F250s unsuitable for an up to 9000lb + rear axle load?

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OP, I'm also one of those who doesn't want a dually or a diesel. I'm "getting by" with a GM 8.1 pulling a 12,000+ fifth wheel & see no need for anything more. I tow from Calgary to Radium, BC through the Rockies at least twice a year. there are sections with 8% grade & I can maintain the speed limit even on those steep grades.

An F350 with a 7.3 gas would tow very well, I think. If I were replacing the GM today, that's what I'd get.


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Posted: 04/14/21 10:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just finished a 9 day, 5050 mile trip ( long story) , with many high winds (some were cross-winds), towing a 20K pound 5th wheel with a SRW Ram 3500 diesel. Though, we’ve added air bags, changes tires/rims to a much higher load rating......never felt as though we were in a loss of control situation! Others, the law, and your insurance may share a different view regarding your towing capabilities! [emoticon] memtb


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BB_TX wrote:

Us diesel guys tend to think there is no other option than a diesel for towing. But there are a lot of other guys out there towing with gassers and are perfectly happy with them. [emoticon]


I've had both gas and diesel. I have a Ford V10 currently but we are down around 7,500lb with the current rig.

Same truck towing a 12,000lb 5er and it did it but every overpass it would downshift. Never overheated or felt we couldn't make it up the next hill but you really felt it as testing the limits.

The 7.3 might do a little better but 14-15k, I would be looking for a diesel.


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" I'm "getting by" with a GM 8.1 pulling a 12,000+ fifth wheel & see no need for anything more. I tow from Calgary to Radium, BC through the Rockies at least twice a year. there are sections with 8% grade & I can maintain the speed limit even on those steep grades."

NOT calling you a liar but over 20,000# up 8% grade at the speed limit I would assume around 60mph is honestly hard to believe.

Maybe 4x4ord can chime in on this.


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BB_TX wrote:

Us diesel guys tend to think there is no other option than a diesel for towing. But there are a lot of other guys out there towing with gassers and are perfectly happy with them. [emoticon]

I agree.

I used to tow with my Ford V10. Actually, I used to only tow with Fords and GMs, all gas engines. I ordered a new Ram HO diesel and after towing off and on for the last 1 1/2 years, I understand the advantages. It's not a big deal though. Fuel mileage is only a little better. You don't slow down going uphill or while in a headwind. And, this truck is quiet. The cost wasn't a big deal for me but the dealerships and manufacture really sucks. Good luck getting repairs done, even if it's recall work. Dodge owners are totally brainwashed. LOL.

I'm switching back to towing with my 2005 Ford V10. It's much more reliable and if I purchase a new truck, I'm getting a Ford with the 7.3.


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Thanks all. I would definitely be getting the 7.3. Assuming that, SRW and the highest available axle rating, what is the max GVWR and pin weight I should be looking at?

Assume Lariat trim which will take a bit from payload capacity.

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Put me down for a 7.3/4.30 F350 as well!

Some day I’ll get to post on here what it is like going from a diesel to a gas. Not the best comparison since my truck is old and noisy.

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bjkb1f wrote:

Thanks all. I would definitely be getting the 7.3. Assuming that, SRW and the highest available axle rating, what is the max GVWR and pin weight I should be looking at?

Assume Lariat trim which will take a bit from payload capacity.


Yup, gonna have to agree with Grit dog again...get the trim level you want, the small payload difference has little to do with rear axle wt, and towing a FW. Yes, do get the 4.30 gear set, since you will be ordering.

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