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Old 05-31-2021, 06:48 PM   #1
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Question Ford E-250 SMB and Towing

Hello,

2001 Ford Econoline Cargo Van E-250 Super Recreational with an SMB RB50 conversion, I wish to tow a small trailer.

Capacity specifications are for a barebones 2001 Ford E-250, from Cars.com
  • Towing Capacity 7,500 lbs.
  • Payload Capacity 3,520 lbs.

Considering the weight of an unmodified SMB RB50 conversion already added to 2001 Ford E-250, what is the adjusted maximum Towing Capacity, without overloading the stock V8 engine?

I am assuming Towing Capacity will be less than 7,500 lbs, plus I will be driving over steep passes and through hot weather.

Thank you
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Old 06-01-2021, 05:49 AM   #2
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Combined weight rating is 12,000 pounds for 3.55 gears and 13,000 for 3.73 gears. Subtract your actual van weight from that, and you have your remaining towing capacity.

You also should check your rear axle weight compared to your RAWR, and make sure there is payload remaining for the trailer's tongue weight.
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