Links for Towing & hauling


Calculate Towing Capacity
http://www.popthetop.com/files/TowingCapacityWorksheet.xls
Detailed, methodical spreadsheet to calculate your tow vehicles towing capacity. The manufacturer numbers only tell one part of the story, almost always ignoring what the vehicle can carry. This spreadsheet helps you add the weights of your vehicle ...more
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Type: HowTo Tech Topic: Towing & hauling

Ford Motorcraft: 2005 Super Duty Major changes from 2004
http://www.motorcraftservice.com/vdirs/vehicles/F250/2005_P131_Differences_from_2004_1.pdf
Tech service info from Motorcraft detailing the changes to SuperDuty between 2004 and 2005. Includes new tools needed for the 2005+s.
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Type: Specs Tech Topic: Engine, Suspension, Towing & hauling, Transmission
Year: 2005
Make/Model: Ford F250, F350

RV.net: Ram "Long Hauler" Closer To Production?
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/26554927.cfm
Dodge may or may not produce a stretch 5500. Pros and cons over the off-the-shelf aftermarket parts used to produce one, including comparisons to the F-650 and Freightliner M2.
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Type: Product rumors Tech Topic: Towing & hauling
Year: 2012
Make/Model: Dodge 3500DRW

OEM / aftermarket rear sway bar for F350 - Diesel Forum - TheDieselStop.com
http://www.thedieselstop.com/forums/f151/oem-aftermarket-rear-sway-bar-f350-300368/
Wondering about the benefit of a rear sway bar? Before/after TT towing impressions show a big improvement.
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Type: HowTo Tech Topic: Towing & hauling
Year: 1999, 2000, 2001 ... 2010, 2011, 2012
Make/Model: Ford F250, F350

Trailer towing guide - Diesel Forum - TheDieselStop.com
http://www.thedieselstop.com/forums/f32/trailer-towing-guide-307607/
Especially focused on the F-150, but applicable to all pickups.
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Type: HowTo Tech Topic: Towing & hauling

How much does your rig weigh?
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/20298675/srt/pd/pging/1.cfm
Wondering about the weight of a truck or trailer you're considering purchasing? Finding out realistic empty or loaded weights of trucks and trailers is notoriously hard. In this thread, find pages upon pages of real world weigh results. Search the ...more
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Type: HowTo Tech Topic: Towing & hauling Make/Model: all

How to weigh your trailer
http://m.fifthwheelst.com/homepage.htm
Can you tow it? A good question asked before buying a pickup or trailer. Find advice breaking down the weights you'll need to get, and directions on how to get them.
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Type: HowTo Tech Topic: Towing & hauling Make/Model: all

05 Intergrated Brake Controller question - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums
http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/920037-05-intergrated-brake-controller-question.html
Ford Integrated Trailer Brake Controller (ITBC) on 2005s up to 3/25/05 won't lock the trailer brakes (send full voltage) when the vehicle stopped.
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Type: HowTo Tech Topic: Towing & hauling
Year: 2005
Make/Model: Ford F250, F350

Caterpilar: Understanding RV Coach Performance
http://www.catrvclub.org/PDF_Docs/Understanding_Perf.pdf
Easy to follow, detailed, competent paper showing how to calculate horsepower (yes, horsepower :) requirements for towing up grades. Produced by Caterpillar.
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Type: HowTo Tech Topic: Towing & hauling

RV and Tow Vehicle Weights
http://www.klenger.net/RV_General/Towing_Weights/index.html
Ever wonder about your tow vehicle and trailer dry and loaded weights? Find details on weighing your tow vehicle and trailer, and ideas about where all the extra weight comes from.
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Type: HowTo Tech Topic: Towing & hauling Make/Model: all

Towing the Line: understanding towing equipment ratings
http://www.offroadadventures.com/articles/view/id/251
A walk thru of hitches, weight distribution, and tow vehicle GVWR. Serves as a warning to those who exceed legal limits and wreck.
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Type: Discussion Tech Topic: Towing & hauling

Caterpillar's Truck Spec Training Guide: how to understand sizing engines for load
http://www.cat.com/cda/files/2221872/7/Truck_Spec_Training_Booklet.pdf
Thinking about torque vs. horsepower? Curious how the heavy trucks size engines based on application, grades, and weights? Get some thoughts from Caterpillar on it.
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Type: Discussion Attributes: Dyno results Tech Topic: Engine, Towing & hauling

Understanding weights (specifically 3500 mega cab): GVWR of the Doge 3500 MegaCab SRW and DRW
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25680987/srt/pa/pging/1/page/3.cfm
Why is the MegaCab GVWR so much lower than a comparable Quad Cab? Short answer: the rear springs are soft. Details in the thread.
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Type: Specs Tech Topic: Suspension, Towing & hauling
Year: 2006, 2007, 2008 ... 2010, 2011, 2012
Make/Model: Dodge 3500, 3500DRW

Comparing the payloads for truck campers for Ford F-350 and various years of F-450 pickups and chassis cabs
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24971170.cfm
Comparing the Ford F-350, F-450 pickup (2008-2010, and 2011+) and the F-450 cab/chassis. Owners talk about experiences hauling truck campers with each.
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Type: Buying Advice Tech Topic: Suspension, Towing & hauling
Year: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Make/Model: Ford F350DRW, F450CC, F450PU, F550CC

My 05' 1500HD for a 04' 2500HD. Upgrade or downgrade?
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25382613.cfm
An owner considers the differences between a Chevy 1500HD and a 2500HD.
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Type: Specs Tech Topic: Suspension, Towing & hauling Make/Model: Chevrolet 1500, 2500HD

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Tow Vehicles: Chevy 454 Dually Vs Ford 460 Dually
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25382262.cfm
Comparing duallies in the 87-95 range, from Ford and GM. Page 2 has lots of specs.
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Type: Specs Tech Topic: Towing & hauling
Year: 1991, 1992, 1993 ... 1995, 1996, 1997
Make/Model: Chevrolet 3500DRW; Ford F350DRW Engine: Ford 7.5L V8; GM 7.4L V8

GVWR & 3/4 ton pickups: easy to exceed, but does it matter? "Guess my truck is not enough. A Cat Scale tale"
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25301844.cfm
A nice discussion on the overloaded state of many 2500 series pickups, and the differences between them on the 3500s.
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Type: Discussion Attributes: Numbers Tech Topic: Towing & hauling Make/Model: Chevrolet 2500HD; Dodge 2500; Ford F250

GM 6spd vs 4spd Tranny Chart
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25292086/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1.cfm
GM owners discuss towing with the 4L80e 4 speed automatic versus the new 6 speed. Some comments deal with towing with older GM automatics (TH400) that have a very high first gear (2.48:1). Includes a comparison spreadsheet showing the differences.
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Type: Discussion Attributes: Numbers Tech Topic: Towing & hauling
Year: 1991, 1992, 1993 ... 2009, 2010, 2011
Make/Model: Chevrolet 1500, 2500HD, 3500, 3500DRW Engine: GM 5.3L V8, 6.0L V8

Chevy 6.0L: get the 4.10 or not?
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25183267.cfm
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Type: Discussion, Tow report Tech Topic: Towing & hauling
Year: 2009, 2010, 2011
Make/Model: Chevrolet 2500HD, 3500, 3500DRW Engine: GM 6.0L V8

Axle ratios: 2011 Chevy 6.0L with 4.10 or 3.73?
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/23930744.cfm
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Type: Discussion, Tow report Tech Topic: Towing & hauling
Year: 2009, 2010, 2011
Make/Model: Chevrolet 2500HD, 3500, 3500DRW Engine: GM 6.0L V8