Howdy all! I'm going to be moving a lot in the next few months and my plan is to load up a 34' trailer to haul my stuff around. I have a lot of experience towing 4 place snowmobile trailers but nothing THIS big. So first off, the trailer is a three axle standard hitch trailer with electronic breaks.
Do I need any special licencing for this? What should I watch out for/prepare for on the two cross country trips I'm taking (one in december)?
In June I just towed the same type of trailer, 34' triple axle enclosed cargo trailer, standard hitch type. I loaded all of my furniture and my girl's furniture and I started from the front and worked my way back because in the rear end of the trailer was my Lexus IS 350, which weighed 3600lbs by itself. I placed the car in the rear just in case I broke down, then it would be easy to get it out. I tied all the heavy stuff down and Once everything was loaded up it tip the scales at 17,000lbs....quite a hefty load.
I utilized sway/load equalizing bars for the trailer tongue to minimize sway and a BRAKE CONTROLLER IS A MUST. I also had my tranny flushed and filled with new MERCON SP, radiator flushed, changed the fuel filters, and ran a fresh coat of Mobil 1 Turbo Diesel Truck 5w40 and new Motorcraft oil filter. Also, purchased 4 gallons of Diesel Kleen and TCW-3 2 cycle oil to be mix with the diesel. MAKE SURE YOU GET GUAGES! I pulled this load when I moved from Tampa, FL to Austin, TX this past June. I left at night because temps were much cooler, it was a 25 hr drive!
Be carefule with DOT laws in your state, as I got stopped in the middle of the night about 200 miles before exiting FL by the Florida Agricultural Police, not DOT. I was supossed to stop at a trailer weigh station and I didnt, I thought it was for 18-wheelers, anyway he inspected my load briefly and asked me where I was headed at so late at night, and I told him moving to Texas....he ended up writing me a WARNING....so he turned out to be real cool, but I might not have been so lucky if it was Florida DOT, those guys are DICKS.
My mods are in my sig, which is not much, but what really helped towing was the 4.30 gears with 33" tires....on the flats I could keep it at 65-72....what really slowed me down was the hills...slowed to 35mph but EGTs never got much passed 1050degrees on hills and 800 on flats....Keep an eye on tranny temps as mines were 170 on the flats and about 185 on hills and up a steep bridge in LA it got to 195....so you know when to back off.
Give yourself extra distance when in traffic, because morons will cut in front of you or slam on brakes....I always stayed in the right lane and its scary going through the construction areas and big 18-wheeler rigs passin you. Plan for turns and take wide turns...the trailer is much longerthan you think when driving Just take it easy, constantly check your mirrors and the hell with those that get mad because your going to slow!
Lastly make sure you bring extra jacks and extra trailer tires...I had 1 trailer tire shred on I-10 in LA. The trailer was too heavy for my jack, so luck would have it I had Triple A and the guy came out and had heavy duty equipment and was able to put on the new spare.
I never had any problems with the powerstroke with that type of weight and 1200 miles.
Just be careful!
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