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Old 03-14-2013, 09:44 PM
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Fifth wheel towing

So I have to drive to Washington the first of April and pick up this trailer. It is a 39 foot Teton rv. Dual axle. Weighs 13,500 lbs or so I am told. I will be hauling this trailer about 650 miles to southern Idaho.

My truck is a 96 F250 crew cab. Mods include air bags, heavy duty trans, large trans cooler, mag tech trans pan, and gauges. Just installed a 16k slider 5th wheel.

Is my truck capable of towing this much weight? Is there anything that I need to be aware of? I pull 10k all the time on the bumper and it does great just never towed this heavy.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:12 PM
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Basically this is just a bump up for ya...

That said, I've heard that towing a 5er is a lot easier than a bumper pull. As for the weight, I'm sure other OBS owners can chime in on that. I know this doesn't help at all, but like I said, its basically a bump for ya!
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:18 PM
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Found THIS. Hope it helps!
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:20 PM
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That seems really light for a 39' trailer but 13,500 lbs isn't all that bad. As long as you have the 4.10 gear option vs the 3.55 you'll be fine. You won't be passing anyone but you can pull it fine.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:08 PM
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Given the 650mile mark you stated, you'll have at least one big pass to pull over the Blue mountains (watch it coming down the east side too, it can get hairy). Not to mention all those big grades over the snake river country.
Take your time.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:58 PM
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towing/moving the weight is fine. it's gunna be stopping that i would be worried about. check to make sure your brakes are good. and downshift
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Yea truck is 4.10 gears. I have never driven the Blues before this will be a first. I know there is some decent grades between Boise and Twin Falls. Not terribly worried about stopping it. Having a good controller makes all the difference. Tomorrow I will be installing my 6.0 cooling fan. Service it next weekend and I will be ready to go.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:07 PM
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It's been a few years since I've driven over the blues, but IIRC the climb up from the west is really really long and the drop down to Boise is pretty steep with some pretty good turns to keep things dicy lol. Where are you picking it up if you don't mind me asking. I know quite a few back roads out there that might not save you time but could save you a transmission....keep your TC locked as much as you can.
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Kelso WA. How do you know when your TC is locked up?
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:22 PM
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If you're cruising at highway speed and you lightly tap the brake peddle while maintaining your throttle position, your tack will jump up a couple hundred rpm's when your TC is locked. Do that a couple times between now and then and you'll get a feel for it.
And from kelso, forget the back roads like I mentioned earlier. If you can head east in the morning, you'll at least get a tailwind through the gorge. It can get really windy out there especially this time of year.
The drive is amazing. It's hard to keep your eyes on the road!
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