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Old 10-12-2016, 04:34 PM   #1
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2013 f250 max 5th wheel cap.

I have purchased a 2013 f250 truck with a 6.2l engine and a 3.73 electronic locking axle. Could some one give me a rough idea what the maximum wt. 5th wheel I could pull. The more I look at charts the more confused I get
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:55 PM   #2
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I have the same truck. I weighted my truck at 8100lbs. I pull a 12000lbs trailer. I am over weight on the drives by 300lbs. if you read the door sticker at 6200lbs. The diff in the 19000lbs GVW truck and the 22000lbs GVW truck is gear ratio. The axle housing and frame and tires are the same. As long as the tires are good quality and have a weight rating over the drive axle rating I am going to run it. It may not stand up in court, if I got in to a bad accident and hurt someone. I have pulled this trailer on 5 trips now and am very happy, but I never pull in 6th. and even a small hill will make me down shift to 4th.
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Old 10-13-2016, 12:09 PM   #3
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I'm in basically the same truck just 2016. My camper loaded is 14k and I have absolutely no issues. Pulls like a dream, even gets 11mpg on level interstates. But go by the gvwr specific to your truck to keep it legal. Should be around 19k. But depends on long bed vs short and 2x4 vs 4x4 and cab size.
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Old 12-03-2016, 04:06 PM   #4
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Richard, you make a good point about it not holding up in court. There is also a possibility that your insurance company could chose to not honor a claim. If the worst case (injury or death) should occur, you become exposed to potentially ruinous financial liability. Really need to think hard about this because of the consequences. I was in a similar situation, with a SRW F350 and a 15,000 lbs 5th wheel. After I got my weights figured out, I just had to take the hit and trade for a DRW F350, which gets me legal on weights ... painful, but less than what could have happened. Good Luck!
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Old 12-03-2016, 07:57 PM   #5
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There are 10s of thousands of RVs on the road every day; a certain percentage of them will be over somewhere on the mfg figures. Have any of you ever seen a valid report of an RVer being charged with being overloaded and causing an accident? I follow 4 active RV forums and this situation is brought up all the time--almost as much as the Ford/GM/Dodge arguments--and no one has ever been able to come across with a factual instance of an RVer being involved in an accident and having every little piece of his setup being carted off to the scales and being weighed to determine if he was overloaded??? Commercial situations will be much different, but for RVers, it isn't anything to be concerned about unless you are so much over somewhere that it is actually unsafe.
Do you actually think the cops are going to look for 300# overweight on the rear axle?
Please do your best to keep the numbers in line, but don't be so worried that someone will notice that 300# is there.
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Not to start a urinary olympics ... but cops aren't the problem ... it's injury attorneys. If you feel comfortable with the risk then go for it. Not many get hit by lightning, but those who do do not care about the "odds".
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Old 12-03-2016, 09:13 PM   #7
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Yes, the injury attys would sue God for the lightning hit...
But, I also think that it would have been all over the RV forums is such a lawsuit had gone forward in recent history.
And if it were so easy to prove overloading, I also think the attys would be after the mfgs for fudging their 'dry weights' and 'hitch weights'--that happens all the time, often leading to the unexpected overloading for new RVers.

There is one limiting factor I would never go over on--tire loading on a SRW vehicle.
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