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post #1 of 21 Old 09-09-2010, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Towing a Gooseneck trailer with 7" lift ??????

I was wondering if anybody out there is towing a fifth wheel or gooseneck trailer with a lifted 250. I am looking at a 7" icon lift and am probably going to go with some 37's. If any body has this setup can you send some pics or let me know if this will work or not for pulling my goosneck trailer. thanks

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To be honest i took my lift off my 7.3 for the reason of towing a gooseneck. do you already have the trailer or are you having one made or buying a used one? Will you pull this trailer with any other truck?


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yup i already have the trailer, no i wont be the only one towing it. one of my employees also pull the trailer with a F350 daully. i had a 2.5" leveling kit and 35's on my other 08 F250 and towed the goosneck ok. what do you think if i do the 7" lift with 37's i will be 6.5 inches taller in the bed of the truck. you think i will be ok with that?

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I pull a 32 ft. low-pro dovetail trail with a 4 in. To be honest, I couldn't pull it as heavy as I do if I didn't have the lift, cus it gives me extra clearance for the jacks on the trailer. Idk about a 7 inch, how heavy are you pulling?

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When i had a 6 inch lift and 35s i didnt have my trailer. I bought a new one and they would have made me one with a higher tongue to accomodate but i just took the lift off so i could easily pull it with my dads 6.7. What i was told when looking for a trailer was that you can adjust the tongue some which will help but give less clearance at the tailgate and bed walls. The other option is to not adjust the tongue and this will cause the clearance to be close to the same as without a lift but you will have more pressure on the rear tires. I know people do this all the time. I went over to a friends before i took my lift off and backed into his gooseneck and i had plenty of clearance and the trailer was level for the most part. So this can be done. Right now, is your truck or your employees truck taller?


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one of our machines weigh 23k pounds . towed it a bunch of times with my previous 08. but maybe once every 2 to 3 weeks. Im mostly pulling around a bobcat or a lil scissor lift on a flat bed.

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I wouldnt tow a gooseneck with that tall of a lift and tire combo. You will be very close to your bed rails with the gooseneck. And the first time you tap your bed rails with the trailer, you will be pissed because the bed will be crushed. In my mind a leveling kit is the only size lift I would tow with. As for towing a trailer heavier with a lift. You can fix that by putting airbags and a leveling kit on your truck, and be able to tow alot more.

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I wouldnt tow a gooseneck with that tall of a lift and tire combo. You will be very close to your bed rails with the gooseneck. And the first time you tap your bed rails with the trailer, you will be pissed because the bed will be crushed. In my mind a leveling kit is the only size lift I would tow with. As for towing a trailer heavier with a lift. You can fix that by putting airbags and a leveling kit on your truck, and be able to tow alot more.
Or you can do both, which is what I'm planning on doing. As for the trailer, if it has an adjustable tongue, then you might be able to get the clearance you need.

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Or you can do both, which is what I'm planning on doing. As for the trailer, if it has an adjustable tongue, then you might be able to get the clearance you need.
Correct. My roommate has an OBS that has a 6" lift and 35's and he had his flatbed made specially for lifted trucks. You can still tow it with a normal ride height truck, but yyou have to adjust the tongue on the trailer quite a bit to be able to get the trailer level. I guess Me personally Ive always just done leveling kits on my trucks to allow the most possible room when towing. But many have done it with up to 4" but above that it gets a little close for comfort.

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Goosenecks and fifth wheels don't have tongues to adjust, and that's what the OP is asking about. Goosenecks are adjustable, and you can definitely get it tall enough to work with your truck. As far as fifth wheels go, I wouldn't even attempt it myself. You'd have to flip your axles to the other side of the springs on the trailer but that'd only give you 3 inches. If you raised up the pin box than your trailer would be getting to close to the bed. I've seen guys with big lifts pulling fifth wheels and they are never level and they usually have damage on the bed from the trailer hitting it on the back corner above the tail lights.

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