I really started looking for trucks recently and started thinking about the weight more, and what would be a legal setup.
We are looking at concession trailers, and one of the options is about 12k loaded. The other would be about 10k.
Assuming at least 10% tongue weight that's 1000-1,200 pounds on the truck. Which shouldn't be pushing the limits of the truck at all.
If a CC LB 7.3 F-250 is about 8,000 pounds with a full tank and has a GVW of 8,800 pounds, that would only leave ~800 pounds of payload/tongue weight. (Simple math, I know
) Now add in a toolbox, and 2 people, and you're within 400 pounds of the limit, and there still isn't even a trailer behind it. With a 5,200/6,084 pound axle rating (SRW F-350 is 9,900 GVW and 4,800/6,830 axles) that's over 11,000 pounds. What would DOT look at? We would be over the door tag, but under axle and tire limits. Couldn't I just get it registered at a higher weight? Last time I saw registration papers there was a box for the GVWR. I wouldn't care about paying a little extra to bump the weight to 10k, or even 9,900, because that still has to be cheaper than getting stopped by DOT.
I know people tow over 10k with F-250s, so based off the factory ratings, they would all be illegal, unless they had no tongue weight.
So how/what does everyone tow with their F-250s?