You have always been able to get the 550 in 19000 gvw it was an option in the 2wd modlesFirescooby said:F-550 prior to 2005 had GVWR of 17,500 and 2005+ has 19,000. We've got an F-550 crew cab with 12 foot rescue body, tools, hydraulic generator, etc with four ff's weighing 200+ each plus PPE. Total weight of vehicle with crew is about 17-18k and that thing SCREAMS!!! We have one 2004 6.0 and two 2002 7.3's and the 6.0 will walk off and leave the 7.3's.
I have an 04 550 that I am really impressed with the proformance of. It will out run my 99 7.3 hands down theres no comparison in my mind . But I hope the tranny will hold up because I'm on #2 with 7200 miles its the auto.
The truck wieghs 17500 all the time with utility body crane welder ect.
I think the trucks are some what under built for the wieght rating and if the trany failes again I'm gona make ford partisipate in upgrading to a 650 they will get tired of replaceing trannies and I can't deal with the down time