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post #1 of 22 Old 02-03-2011, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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Texas to Calgary with 24000 lbs in tow

I am planning on towing a 24000 lb gooseneck tandem dually from Paris Texas to Calgary AB. The GVWR on the trailer is 30,000 lbs. My truck is a 2011 F350 SRW. I can stay within the GVWR of both truck and trailer but I will be 8200 lbs over on Ford's recommended max trailer weight rating. I am wondering if there is any States I should avoid. In Alberta there would be no issue - just as long as I don't overload my tire ratings.


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I think you will be severely over your GCWR. I would be more concerned with the hitch weight more than anything else tho.. .but thats just me.

I am interested to see how it goes tho!



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Are you hauling livestock, farm equipment, or oilfield equipment? I can't see you not overloading the rear axle of the truck unless you are loading the object directly over the trailer axles and then the pin weight might be too low and cause stability problems. All I can say for sure is try it and let us know how it comes out. I have made the drive from Edmonton three times and hope to never do it again. I think you would be better off using one those 379 petes in your signature.
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It will be farm equipment. If I put 15% of the 24000 on the king pin (3600 lbs) I should be pretty much up to the 11500 lbs that the truck is rated at for GVWR. The B&W hitch in my truck is rated at 30000 lbs Gross trailer weight and 7500 lb tongue weight. I will be way over on the GCWR. Does that matter? My reasoning is this: my truck can handle the 11500 lbs as far as frame strength, suspension and braking. The trailer can easily handle the 16000 lb payload plus the 8000 lb trailer weight and the 2 x 12000 lb trailer axles should have no problem stopping the trailer. Finally the 400 hp engine is more than ample to pull it all down the highway. I have checked with my insurance company and they said they are good with it. Are there any specific state laws that I should know about?

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im with specularius....them petes oughta tow it just fine!!!

but yeah you should be good to go, just try to avoid as much oklahoma driving as possible...i have had nothing but problems with dps when i go through there

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im with specularius....them petes oughta tow it just fine!!!
The Pete would have no trouble but the Pete is up here in Alberta. The F350 is in Tennessee and the trailer in Texas. Plan is to fly to Tennessee hook onto the load in Texas and drive back. Might be able to figure out how that exhaust brake works.

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Well I have a 2011 f250 had a 32ft cattle trailer and 21000 pounds of cattle, have 3:55 axle and it pulled it like it wasn't there just squatted a little. All I can say is play dumb if they stop you!
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I'd do my best to stay out of any state that has frost laws, even if you're on Interstates, highway patrol is just waiting for those guys that look overloaded to get off and weigh em. Truck'll be fine.

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All I can say is play dumb if they stop you!
Hey - that should be no problem for me

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I know a guy who picked up a load of trailers from a manufacturer in east texas. The hassle he received was being questioned why he was hauling a commercial load without a DOT sticker.

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