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Old 05-18-2018, 08:42 PM   #11
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Welcome to the forum from SE Texas and a fellow 308BHDS owner. Be sure to stop by some scales on your first outing and check all the weights. I've got a 1997 F350 7.3 PSD 4x4 CC long bed and I run about 1000lbs over weight. You need a GVWR of at least 10000. Maybe that'll help you get that new TV.
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Old 05-19-2018, 05:08 AM   #12
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Welcome to the forum from SE Texas and a fellow 308BHDS owner. Be sure to stop by some scales on your first outing and check all the weights. I've got a 1997 F350 7.3 PSD 4x4 CC long bed and I run about 1000lbs over weight. You need a GVWR of at least 10000. Maybe that'll help you get that new TV.
Haha, thanks for the reply. I figured it would be close, especially with 37ís on the truck. 2wd will help as well as short bed but not that much. With the kids being so small we figure we will be local for the next two years (not that it makes it any better I suppose). New rig by then. Howís your 7.3 tow that camper? Every search I googled anything pertaining to F250 Super Duty 7.3 fifth wheel came up with your posts.



Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! This week I received my GooseBox, safety chains, and a 4Ē offset ball for my B&W turnover setup. Today Iím expecting my Furrion observation camera, and a new 7pin wiring harness for the bed. Iím scheduled to do my PDI on Monday at 3:30. I hope all goes well, as I inspected A LOT of it when I was at the dealer last time, but will be going over everything again.
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Old 05-19-2018, 06:00 AM   #13
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Haha, thanks for the reply. I figured it would be close, especially with 37ís on the truck. 2wd will help as well as short bed but not that much. With the kids being so small we figure we will be local for the next two years (not that it makes it any better I suppose). New rig by then. Howís your 7.3 tow that camper? Every search I googled anything pertaining to F250 Super Duty 7.3 fifth wheel came up with your posts.



Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! This week I received my GooseBox, safety chains, and a 4Ē offset ball for my B&W turnover setup. Today Iím expecting my Furrion observation camera, and a new 7pin wiring harness for the bed. Iím scheduled to do my PDI on Monday at 3:30. I hope all goes well, as I inspected A LOT of it when I was at the dealer last time, but will be going over everything again.
Well....I love my 7.3 and it gets the job done. It's simple and reliable. If it's the only "modern" diesel you've had you'll be fine. My work truck is a 6.0 and I must say I love how peppy it is but, I hate the hassle. I wish the 7.3 had more giddy up but, it is 20 years old and was the start of the modern diesel technology. Yours is the last generation 7.3 and I know you've got quite a few more horses than I do. I also see you've got a 4:56 set up where I'm at 4:10, so I think that'll help but, don't expect to win any races. I'm in a tough spot, I found my truck 3 years ago and found nearly exactly what I was looking for. Then we found the trailer we were looking for exactly but, the two really don't match. I thought the GVWR and pin weight are fairly small for a trailer this size and I've got a one ton, no problem right? I'm on the fence about an upgrade. I thought about springs and bags for mine but that doesn't change the GVWR. Maybe I just keep this one and add to the line up. The first thing I did to my trailer was the Reese goose box also. I've not been real pleased with it so far. When it works right its all good and real smooth but, mine keeps losing air. I've done some reading up on it and found out some folks had air leaks at the relief valve so, that's on my list to do this week because we leave out on Friday for the Memorial day weekend. Let me know how the camera set up works for you. I've been thinking about doing that also. Happy trails. BTW, my GVWR is 9200. Loaded with the trailer I'm at 10,800 with a total of 18,xxx.
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Old 05-19-2018, 08:15 AM   #14
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Iíll have to get mine weighed at the movers next door. I figured I would remove the air valve on the goose box, to be honest it seems a bit silly. Iíve done plenty of air suspension installs on vehicles, and thereís never a ďreliefĒ on the individual springs. Pressures will vary with ambient temperature and compression. Just because you hit one big bump, one time, doesnít mean that your air bag will explode. If theyíre using such a cheap airbag that they need to worry, then Iíll replace that as well with something better suited.

My GVWR is 8800, GCWR is 20000. Weíll see where I wind up. Iím sure Iíll be over but unsure how much.
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Old 05-19-2018, 08:20 AM   #15
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Side note, this is my first diesel truck. I had a diesel Cruze (hardly counts). This old girl will be hard to get rid of since sheís pretty clean for being in MI, as well as has lots of new parts (trans, rear end, injectors, GPR, IPR) and the list goes on and on. But I guess if I need to move up, then so be it. Been looking at/dreaming of a Cummins with the manual trans lately...
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Old 05-21-2018, 06:26 PM   #16
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Well we brought her home today. Towed like a dream, and the GooseBox install was a breeze. Iíll have to get my ball out and install my 4Ē offset ball soon for a bit more turning radius.


Got my first experience backing her up also, pre camera install... in the rain, in the dark, into my driveway (thatís under construction). Talk about a feat, and didnít even fight with the wife. We look foreword to taking it out this weekend and next with the kids/dogs.
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Old 05-22-2018, 02:19 AM   #17
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Congrats! That is a good looking setup and it looks like you've got plenty of clearance even with the lift. We'll be out this weekend as well. Enjoy it.
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