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NOOB needs a little info on the powerstrokes....

Whats up guys?? My name is Jon, I am 22 years old. I have recently obtained a 2005 IR bobcat track loader. (was givin to me by my grandpa) Also a early 2000's cronkhite trailer. I do not have a truck to pull it with...my dad let me use his 07 cummins 3500 to do a few jobs with. Well obviously i cannot use it all the time...and I want a ford. Well i only have about 5 grand to spend on a truck. I want a 96-00 f250 7.3 powerstroke...i do not know much about these trucks but really just need to know will i be able to pull my bobcat and trailer?? I will be pulling the load atleast 3 times a week no more than 6 times a week. Ive looked up the towing capacity...but kinda got a mixed bag of answers. So would this truck be ok for the towing or should i look into the
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The bobcat is about 7400lbs and trailer is about 2100lbs....so about 9500lbs give/take


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It'll pull that fairly easily.
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ok cool

what about if i had 10500lbs on the back of it??? sometimes i have to take my other attachments that may add up to another 1000lbs?? do you have the towing capacitys for the 250's and 350's???

thank you for your help bluovaltruk
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I don't have the exact numbers for them, but here's how I've towed with mine. I pulled a 38' gooseneck with an F150 and a Cavalier on it for about 200 miles before I had my truck modified, and had no problems at all. Just a little sluggish up the mountains. A good brake controller does wonders.
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You'll be fine with an F350/7.3 PSD. Just make sure the brakes are top notch in both the truck and trailer. I found my truck for $2500 and had to put about the same into it to get it on the road in tip top shape. Awesome trucks and very usable for what you want to do. It's probably personal opinion but you might want to look for a manual transmission as well for your purposes. Good luck with your find.
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I have pulled a 6200 pd pulling truck and a 30 ft 4200 pb tandem trailer all over the state of Mo for years . Never had and problems with my f350 . The brake controller is a must unless you like to change brakes .

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You can look on trailerlife.com and find lots of tow ratings. I attached the 1999 trailer towing ratings for you. The 96-98's could be substaintally different so take these #'s with a grain of salt if you are looking in those years.

I tow my boat behind my F350 with ONLY hydraulic surge brakes - I'm about 10500 dry, with 2k for the trailer and then 200 gallons of fuel is about 1300, plus extra stuff - so assume between 14 and 15k. The truck knows it is back there.

Getting the load moving isn't important - The key things that you want to be concerned with is getting it stopped safely, what happens in an emergency, and staying in the boundaries of the law from a legal standpoint.

OH yeah - to follow up a point above by Mutley - I LOVE the 6 speed for towing.
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Thanks for all the replys!! I am looking into this 1994 f350 PSD. It has 140000 miles. And is going for 4000 dollars. Everything looks good in the pics...EXCEPT where the truck was sitting there was some black stuff under the truck (oil im assuming...) So i asked the guy...whats that leak under the truck. and he told me that that it leaks oil very slightly. He said he changes his oil every 5000 miles and theres maybe 1-2qts gone?!?!?!??? Are these trucks known for this or what???

Im going to look at it this sunday...what should i look for??? good/bad things....



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That's what I have....first of the turbo models is referred to as a 94-1/2 PSD. Don't be alarmed by a black spot. Leaks are inevitable and mine does the same. Of course you can make yourself crazy fixing them or just learn to deal with it (sort of like an old Harley Davidson). The big thing to look for is front end components, clutch or tranny if auto and especially brakes. If he's changed the oil as he states things should be pretty good in the motor. Mines got 132000 miles on it and it runs like a top. Just change all the fluids as soon as you get it. Best of luck on your purchase. Post pics.
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thanks mutley!! How does your 94 pull??? what the biggest load you've pulled???
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