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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-28-2015, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Need an opinion on a tow vehicle

Hey guys. I have a line on a different tow vehicle. Currently I pull my toy hauler with my half ton Nissan, and it does ok, but just ok. You get into a head wind or hills and it struggles. Well, the neighbor has a '99 F250 with the 7.3l. It's a crew cab (not a dually),Lariat with 180k miles. It's a one owner and this guy generally takes care of his stuff. I can get it for $5k. He doesn't use it anymore. It's not really for sale, I just asked him about it and he said he was going to trade it in when they bought his wife a new ride. It's been used as a daily driver and hasn't towed anything other than a small utility trailer now and then. Says it gets about 23mpg. My toy hauler is about 7k loaded so I think this should pull it with ease. Any thoughts on the truck, towing capacity, anything??? Thanks!

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I have a 2000 F350 that had the same motor and the transmissions was the auto and currently at 200k on the clock it has been fine. The beds will rust over the wheel well in the rear if you are in the rust belt. The only other rust place to look at is under the rockers there are squares cut out in the reinforcements that collect silt, just take a cut off wheel and cut them all the way down. engine wise just keep a good set of batteries in it and it will always start.

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I pull my hauler with a 1/2 ton truck. And I'm pulling right at the top end of it's capabilities.
If I did more towing or less business driving or, was to have a dedicated tow vehicle, it would be a 3/4 ton truck. I think the handling characteristics and increased capacity make for a much better towing experience.

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I have a 2000 F350 that had the same motor and the transmissions was the auto and currently at 200k on the clock it has been fine. The beds will rust over the wheel well in the rear if you are in the rust belt. The only other rust place to look at is under the rockers there are squares cut out in the reinforcements that collect silt, just take a cut off wheel and cut them all the way down. engine wise just keep a good set of batteries in it and it will always start.

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I had heard the trans was the weak link. My biggest fear is once I start towing with this thing, the trans goes out and so does $4k of my hard earned money.

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only on the 01 -03 they had issues, Mine was a plow truck before I bought it in 02 with 42k on it. As years went by it was the 3rd truck in the country with a 7.3l to break 500hp and it currently has a 5.9 Cummins P-Pumped 12valve running 829Hp... RD has seen it and heard it..Only trans mods were a tripple disk converter and a FactoryTech Valvebody (from Ford Lightning).



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500 out of a 7.3 was a strong Blue Oval

829 on a P-Pumped rig is a nice sweet spot to be at , but on 37's ... sure a lot of power going to tires [as in being robbed] . But hey it's your toy ... is that the race configuration also ?

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Truck was impressive! So was his Prowler!

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only on the 01 -03 they had issues, Mine was a plow truck before I bought it in 02 with 42k on it. As years went by it was the 3rd truck in the country with a 7.3l to break 500hp and it currently has a 5.9 Cummins P-Pumped 12valve running 829Hp... RD has seen it and heard it..Only trans mods were a tripple disk converter and a FactoryTech Valvebody (from Ford Lightning).
Brian was telling me you had some awesome toys........

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not the greatest gas mileage but i never bought it for mileage but i love my 3/4 ton.
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Currently a 3rg gen HTT 66/71/13, studded, lower girdle, O-ringed, 5k GSK, 4.30 gears and 5x18 injectors with pintle mods. gets 16mpg all year long, 13 towing. Haven't done pulling in 2 yrs, just bought a house and cleared some land for barn amd pastures. Now own a new 2014 32hp backhoe and have to put in 70 fence posts. wife keeps me busy.



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