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Old 12-10-2011, 07:42 PM
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Towing Heavy!

Hey Guys,
I got a 2008 Ford F250 6.4l Diesel and I'm gonna be towing around 15k total from Mass-NJ. About a 3 hour ride. The trailer is a gooseneck and I'm wondering how my f250 is going to like the weight. What should i do to make it better. (if anything) tips and advice is appreciated.


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Old 12-11-2011, 01:43 AM
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I can't speak for the 6.4 specifically but add some airbags and check the brakes on the truck and trailer thoroughly.
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Thanks for the info... I know my truck is going to be illegal towing it... Should i still do it? What are the risk of getting caught. Any advice guys would be helpful... This is a gooseneck
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:16 PM
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If your truck is illegal towing it, short answer is no, you shouldn't tow it. As for risks of getting caught, I'm not sure about where you're driving but here, because of the Christmas season, the police have started to do daytime Check Stops several times a week in addition to evening Check Stops. If you get stopped/pulled over at one of these and there is a cop or DOT officer that knows the rules, you can be screwed. If you can, maybe split the load up into two trips to stay legal.
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If your truck is illegal towing it, short answer is no, you shouldn't tow it. As for risks of getting caught, I'm not sure about where you're driving but here, because of the Christmas season, the police have started to do daytime Check Stops several times a week in addition to evening Check Stops. If you get stopped/pulled over at one of these and there is a cop or DOT officer that knows the rules, you can be screwed. If you can, maybe split the load up into two trips to stay legal.
Thats the thing its a vehicle I'm towing. Its a single axle truck... I mean it could pass for a large pick up but the weight of it is about 12k. Then the weight of the gooseneck... So between 14-15k. Im about 4-5k over what I'm legally aloud to tow. Im not over the GCRW, but over on towing if i looked at the chart correctly.


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https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...trp19Aug07.pdf


This says I'm aloud to tow 15,200? If so then I'm just a tad under, or dead even... Correct?


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https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...trp19Aug07.pdf


This says I'm aloud to tow 15,200? If so then I'm just a tad under, or dead even... Correct?


Tom
looks good to me,
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Old 12-12-2011, 03:25 AM
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the way i understand it.....if they think you look overweight and want to check you they will have a set of scales or send you to a set of scales. as long as your truck tires are E rated [like 3400lbs each] and your truck axle rating is not over exceeded i think you will be fine....think the F250 HAS 6800lb axles ....the p.i.n. wt. on the goosenek ball is what counts...plus of course the trailer cant be overloaded.
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the way i understand it.....if they think you look overweight and want to check you they will have a set of scales or send you to a set of scales. as long as your truck tires are E rated [like 3400lbs each] and your truck axle rating is not over exceeded i think you will be fine....think the F250 HAS 6800lb axles ....the p.i.n. wt. on the goosenek ball is what counts...plus of course the trailer cant be overloaded.
Where would i be able to find my axle rating, along with tire rating. Im going to go to ford today just to make sure its 15,200. Also whats the p.i.n wt? The trailer will definitely be under weight. Would you recommend putting a light bar on my truck for added safty for drivers? Any advice is appreciated to make the treck alot safer...


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Where would i be able to find my axle rating, along with tire rating. Im going to go to ford today just to make sure its 15,200. Also whats the p.i.n wt? The trailer will definitely be under weight. Would you recommend putting a light bar on my truck for added safty for drivers? Any advice is appreciated to make the treck alot safer...


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DON'T THINK you could see the light bar with the trailer on... pin weight is the same as tongue weight for a bumper trailer... pin weight should be listed on the trailer itself.. fyi....your truck will do fine.....im not sure where some of you are from, but it sounds like it must be Russia or something.....i have never seen anyone pull over a travel trailer or fifth wheel and check them out for towing load ratings.....i used to travel with a 25' trailer towed by my explorer.....never was an issue... some seem to be a little "prissy" in there comments about this
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