towing capacity for the 7.3 powerstroke?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by gutpiles, May 6, 2008.

  1. gutpiles

    gutpiles LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    How much will I be able to tow w/ a 1997 ford f-250 hd with a 7.3 powerstroke?
  2. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,396

    i have towed 12K with a bumper pull trailer before on a 97 Regular cab, 4x4, PSD.,5 speed

    you'll be able to do a little more with a goose neck but she really didn't like that trailer at all...i would say comfortably you can pull 10K with a bumper pull...what will you be pulling?
  3. gutpiles

    gutpiles LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    16 foot landscape trailer w/ Zs and walk behinds, 20 foot enclosed w/ more lawn stuff, 12 ft dump, and occasionally a skidsteer...
  4. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 993

    should be fine, just don't get in a hurry.
  5. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    yeh 11-13k is probably the max with the older trucks.
  6. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    The big problem with the older trucks is braking capacity otherwise the truck should handle a 10,000lb trailer. Good trailer brakes and a brake controller is a must.
  7. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 819

    So long as you can stop it....I don't know what a 580K 4x4 Case backhoe weighs, but there is a guy here that has an IDI F350 he pulls one with, and a 97 FSuperduty powerstroke he does the same with. With my 96 I've hauled a gross load of well over 21K lbs, truck trailer and stone on trailer. I figure my truck weighs tops 8K, so 13K lbs of load, somwhere in that ball park. Pulled it at 75-80 for 200 miles, no problem. Stopping wasn't bad, like somebody said a good break control and trailer brakes are a must, just like with any vehicle. These trucks will tow more than they can stop by themselves, that is for sure. I basically tow what you are talking about with my 96, no problems at all, crowding 211K now.
  8. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 859

    12k on the bumper no problems. Just make sure your brake controller is adjusted right.
  9. KGR landscapeing

    KGR landscapeing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    ya we have pulld just about everything with r 93 6.9 idi we also have a 96 5.8 its a turd

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