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post #1 of 7 Old 03-14-2008, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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towing capacity?

i am about to haul a 26' 13,000 lb. boat with my 02 f250 on 35"s about 40 miles on 80 hp setting of my ts 6 pos, will my truck tow it, anx also the boat has trailor brakes but i dont have the trailor brake boxe inside my truck will the plug still activate the brakes??

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it'll tow it fine. Not sure if you wired up the 7pin connector on your harness but if you just have the stock 4pin connector on the truck, no electric brakes. So it might not stop it fine. you need the controller as well for the brakes
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If you dont have the brake controller box inside the truck the trailer brakes will not work. You will be able to tow it just fine just keep and eye on your gauges, watch the EGT's in the 80hp setting and if necessary switch to a lower hp tune

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Brake controllers aren't that expensive, put one on your truck, alll it takes is one panic stop to cause you a bunch of problems. If you got into a wreck with something that large and it's found out you don't have the trailer brakes in operation, you could be in some real trouble.

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The only time you will need to detune programming is if your foot is stuck to the floor! I heard this too many times to count.

I pull a tooling trailer, total weight 26-30K truck, trailer, and load. I have run the truck on Evolution "Extreme" setting since I have owned it. I have only put one auto tranny in 250K miles later.

My thoughts are; have the power when you want it, use what you need. You need to watch the EGT and use some common sense with your foot. DON'T MELT THE TURBO OFF IT!

GET THE BRAKE CONTROLLER. Keep in mind these trucks will accelerate loads much faster than you can stop them, stay off tailgates!

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The boat trailer may have surge brakes and doesn't need a brake controller.
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If the trailer has electric brakes, buy the controller. If it has surge brakes then no controller is required. Pulling the load will not be a big deal.

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