so i have an 08 f250 cc with 3.55 gears. i have an sct programmer and dpf delete with a bunch of racing tunes which obviously are not going to work for my plan. i plan on buying a 3-4 car trailer and bringing cars from from virginia and illinois to florida so it will be mostly highway. the heaviest cars will be no more than 4000 pounds. so my questions are (any help would be appreciated) 1. who makes a good towing program for this setup. 2. can my truck legally haul this weight ( about 20000 lbs including trailer. 4 what type of insurance will i need. and most important 5. what kind of mpgs will i get with a full and empty trailer.
1. That 250 ain't gonna cut it, legally or otherwise.
2. The average car today weighs 4000+, and you'll end up with more 7000 SUVs then you'll think.
3. You'll need $1,000,000 liabilty, + cargo + comp for your truck. Expect to spend close to $5000+ for insurance. Plus your going to have to get DOT Authority, plus you might as well get into a random drug testing program. Oh, and because of all the activist groups, you'll need an EOBR for your truck.
4. Don't forget food expenses, tires, hotel,(It's not legal to sleep in your truck unless you get the sleeper conversion for it.), fuel, ($200-300 per day if you run hard.)
The '08 F250 only had a published towing capacity of 15,200lbs (with 3.73's, I couldn't find any numbers for 3.55's did you do a gear swap?). That truck's not going to do the job you're looking at from the legal standpoint. Here's a couple of threads here on the forum about it.
Hot Shot Trucking ???
Who does auto transport?
You're going to be over-wieght in an F250, and hauling cars that kinda distance is going to take full DOT registration, Class A CDL, insurance, etc. The truck can pull that kinda weight without issue, but it takes its toll on the drive train and stopping will be an issue. If you're serious about getting into that line of work, you'll need a bigger rig and a considerable amount of research.
I had looked into this as an option for when I get out of the service, and couldn't make the numbers work.
Negative, the U.S. Federal DOT standard requirements:
Class A: Any combination of vehicles that weighs 26,001 lbs or towing a trailer or vehicle in excess of 10,000 lbs. (Trailer weight of 10K applies to trailers of commercial use. Personal use of a GCW of less than 26K does not require a CDL).
Class B: Any single vehicle weighing more than 26,001 lbs.
Class C: Any single vehicle or combination of vehicles that is NOT Class A or Class B, but are designed to carry 16 or more passengers including the driver, or is placarded to carry hazardous materials.
Hauling anything commercially is going to require a CDL, and doing it with a trailer is going to require a Class A.
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