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post #1 of 6 Old 08-03-2010, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Need some advice. Thinking of a trip from CA to GA pulling about 12,000#'s.

The F450 towing a gooseneck with (2) 96 Impala's.
Who has done it towing? What would you bring with you just in case. I plan on an extra fuel and oil filter along with some oil and coolant.

The truck is bone stock for right now. Less than 13000 on it right now.
I will change the oil and the fuel filter prior to leaving.


Speed traps, etc.. Weather, this will be the beginning of Nov. so what freeways to avoid?

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A tarp, ratchet straps, bungee cords, duct tape. You can pretty much fix anything that might happen to your load with those things.

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I will have the normal ratchet straps. The ones on the trailer go over the tires. So If they break I will have the ones that go to the frame.
The Duct tape, tarp and bungee cords will be added.
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Throw in a screwdriver and a pair of vice grips! No seriously get one on those nice tool kits that has a spot for each tool. I got on from Sam's Club. If anything should happen to the truck there is not a whole lot you can do on the side of the road with the complexity of these trucks. I would worry more about the trailer and tires than the truck. These are great trucks!
Oh and change the fuel/water separator filters.

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The straps over the wheels are ok, as a safety, since you're travleing so far, put the ones over the wheels AND the straps to the lower control arms.

Make sure your trailer axles are greased , your brakes are working properly and your tire pressures are up. Take you time and stay around 65 mph and you'll be fine

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Cash to buy fuel at truck stops. I notice they usually offer a discount if you pay in cash. Since you will not be familiar with the places you get fuel you will want to stick with the truck stops that pump a high volume of fuel. You never want water in your fuel but especially out in the middle of nowhere. Don't be tempted if the fuel is a few cents cheaper at a local station down the street stick with the truck stops.

I saw a story on the local news the other night about a guy that got water in his fuel. It was a 6.4 and there was $10,000 damage. It was from a Chevron station I drive by all the time. It was in Newnan on Lower Fayetteville Rd. for any of you local guys. Luckily I never get gas there. They showed what came out of the trucks fuel tank and it looked like rusty water.

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