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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-27-2015, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
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7.3 ccsb f350 towing

Ok, guys here's the deal. I tow a lot with my PS, but also like to drive it as a DD to. Its not my only vehicle but my favorite. I tow a 24 foot low pro gooseneck weekly and a 40 footer loaded with two to three sand trucks once to twice a month during the April to October. The little gooseneck is now problems. But the big one is kicking my trucks ass.

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Its a 2001 F-350 crew cab short box. I'm currently running a 6637DIY intake, 4 inch turbo back into duals no muffler and a PHP chip. All the tunes are the free ones they provide. I have a CTS insight to monitor all of it.

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When towing the big gooseneck. My trans temp is wanting to be around 215 - 225. This seems high but I was told it was ok. The truck is loosing power when climbing some of the hills which are quite big at time. I can be at 65. And it'll down shift till I'm at 40 mph. If I up my tune for more power my egt's go crazy. My probe is tapped into my drivers side manifold. I need help to keep trans temps and egt's down. I now it could get pricey. But I'm ok buying things one at a time until I'm where I need to be.

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Re: 7.3 ccsb f350 towing

How much does the big gooseneck and load weigh. Sounds like you need more truck for it.

Might be able to throw some lower gears in the diffs.




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Re: 7.3 ccsb f350 towing

Total load for the goose and average load is 21,000 lbs.
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You are way over loaded, you need a bigger truck. A 38R turbo, NO exhaust leaks, NO boost leaks, 6.0 tranny cooler and good valve body should cure your heat issues.

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What's next a Daully? For the trans cooler would it be a waste of Time and/or money to throw a fan behind it for extra cooling? Any suggestions on the valve body?
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Re: 7.3 ccsb f350 towing

That's a helluva lot of weight for srw. I have cc srw 01 7.3. I've never pulled that kinda weight. How does it handle it as far stability? Braking? I'd look into exhaust brake to with that much load.
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A tru cool trans cooler is only about $140 and keeps us under 160* while towing. But 21k is way too much to tow safely with a srw.


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I think it's time for a medium duty truck to be able to haul safely!

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Re: 7.3 ccsb f350 towing

The trailer, loaded, without the truck in the equation is 21k?? Or truck, trailer, and sand trucks is 21k??

If the whole combo loaded up is 21k, that is not way over weight. And there is no need for a medium duty, or any of that horse ####. I grossed 31k a couple of times with my '02 ccsb, helping a buddy of mine relocate livestock with a 32' triple axle gooseneck, and it handled the weight, and pulled it down the road just fine. Trailer had 3 braking axles, and I ran the brake gain way up, and it stopped fine. Towing my enclosed car trailer, that put it just up over 20k gross, it would run through Texas, and Oklahoma, and New Mexico effortlessly. Set the cruise at 70-75, and let it do it's thing.

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I can see the whole combo deal. And I wouldn't sweat pulling 20k through Texas and Oklahoma. But I don't see you climbing Fancy Gap 9 mile hill in 30mph wind and feeling safe. Or crossing the Rockys. You might be able to but your butthole would tight as Nuns cooch! Lol!
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