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Can it handle 18,000 lbs?!

Can my 99 F350 7.3 DRW handle an 18k trailer?
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I cant say how much the 7.3 will like it but my old f350 6.0 srw pulled a gooseneck that weighed a little over 20k about 300mi a week for close to a year. The motor never really had any problems pulling it but it did make the truck squat pretty good. Also this was in Illinois where everthing is pretty flat. You probably wont get anywhere very fast but the truck should carry it fine.

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In in Illinois as well. Looking to make a long trek to Texas. Any issues with stopping the heavy load?
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As long as the trailer has good breaks its not to bad. The 6.0 had tow haul which sort of had an engine brake and helped a bunch. I just always acted like I was hauling horses (slow start/ slow stop) and never had any problems.

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Gotcha. I figured as much. I just wanted to make sure my truck wasn't going to buckle. I added heavy springs, upgraded the turbo and exhaust, and put in a hyper max chip. Should I put some larger brakes on?
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Legally? No, you can't. Physically? Yes, it can.

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keep eye on trans temp, if you have a gauge. hauled over twenty thousand with my old 95. trans got real warm.
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I houled 3 car trailer (18 000)for 3 months to Texas and back to Chicago with little issues. It will struggle up steep hills and braking distance gets ridiculous so be carefull.
Also not sure if you have to pull over on weight stations, but if you do than remember that anything over 26000 needs a CDL. They will add gross weight of your truck and gross weight of your trailer and if that is over 26k and you don't have a CDL you will be SOL, you also may need safety inspection done on your truck and trailer. Good luck
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like said above, make sure ur trailer brake systems' working. Also, with that chip, make sure you got trans and egt gauges.

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