Towing a 5th wheel with a 7.3?


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Sep 5, 2020
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I’m looking at buying a toy hauler, and wanted to get some insight as to what is the most weight I should plan on towing. My truck is a 2020 F-250 Tremor with a 7.3, and I didn’t get the factory 5th wheel option. I would prefer to buy a 5th wheel as opposed to a bumper pull for the obvious reasons, but wanted to see what others are doing and how their truck is performing.

P.S. I live in Northern California and will have to travel over mountains frequently

You're most likely going to hit your payload limit before any other limit on the truck - especially in an F250. What's the sticker on your door jamb say? Note you'll also want to get on a scale to see that you're not exceeding your rear axle weight rating as well (another sticker also on your door jamb).

Recommendation is to see what your gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is, get the truck on a scale with a full tank of gas and see what it weighs. Subtract that weight from your GVWR, and there's your payload. Note that's EVERYTHING. So passenger weight and cargo in the truck should also be subtracted from your payload - don't forget the weight of the 5th wheel hitch!

Then look at pin weights on the 5th wheels you'd want to buy. Note those numbers are approximate, so if you're looking to be as safe as possible, you'd again want to get on the scales to see the real weights, rather than the math.

Finally, check your state laws where you'll be driving about overall gross vehicle combined weight ratings which include truck and trailer. Since you're looking to go the max, you might run into weird scenarios where you need a special class of license to tow (maybe not a full blown CDL, but maybe some type of endorsement).
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I have a similar truck the sticker on the door says ~2750 lbs I would look for a trailer pin weight to be under 2400 lbs preferably around 2200 lbs