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towing with big lift/tires-who does it? My (long) story

As much as I didn't want to do it, especially with the 6.0, I ended up taking my truck on a 3200 mile round trip to pick up a truck this week. My truck is as follows:

2005 f350 srw ccsb
12" Fabtech radius arm lift/deaver rear spring lift
40" procomp x-terrains
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03 turbo
diamond eye 4" turbo back exhaust
full egr delete
snow stage 2 boost cooler
373 gears (ouch)

As apprehensive as I was when I left, I felt much better when I got back. No issues whatsoever (left it in tow/haul mode, with the edge set to tow). I was a bit worried heading into the appalachians with the loaded trailer (20' car hauler bumper pull with 2007 f350 cclb 4x4 on it-total weight of my truck, trailer, and my truck was right around 19k (4500 front axle, 6200 rear axle, 8300 trailer) without passengers and with an empty tank of fuel)

I've pulled much heavier with my last truck, but the lift wasn't quite as big (9" with 38.5s, cclb), and to be honest, I had more faith in the 7.3. I always found myself checking to see if the 6.0 had lost any coolant (it did not). The 5r110 was perfect for the job, always seemed to have be in the right gear, but due to the gearing/tires it never hit 5th gear towing. Light years ahead of the 4r100. Absolutely perfect.

Averaged 13.2 mpg unloaded, and 12.9 loaded (???)
Went through about 4 gallons of windshield washer fluid (lol) but egt's never exceeded 1100.

I guess my question is, who tows with a big lift?
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i dont have a BIG lift but i do pull. i came across the scales in a factory we were working in pulling our gehl skidder on our tagalong trailer and weighed out at 26,440 lbs just truck trailer and skidder. pulls with no problems. FORD


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It wasn't so much the weight I was worried about, although I was surprised when I hit the scales. I'm closing in on 250k on the stock headbolts/gaskets, and a 3000+mile trip had me concerned. I have a 12" aluminum drop hitch and had to set it on the lowest notch to ride level. I was pleasantly surprised at how the truck handled it, although I would have liked to be able to go fast enough to use overdrive, I think it was for the best as my mileage was fairly good.
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Wow thats actually very decent mpg for you were doing, glad to hear, and ya i dont doubt it glad the ol 6oh is holdin up strong for ya.
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I was definately happy with the mileage-I honestly was hoping for 8-9 loaded, first fill up had me cautiously happy, by the time I filled up the third time and was still over 12mpg, I was thrilled. Keeping the truck in 4th had it working less than it would have in OD.
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Im on 40s and my truck spends most of the week hooked up to an enclosed tool trailer or a 16ft open trailer. Never hauled long distance often though.

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i tow a 12k pintle trailer with my truck and i love it, it works awesome! the trucks always has power.
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what about towing a gooseneck trailer? what requirements should be done before towing

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i know a couple people who tow with a lifted truck and gooseneck, as long as the neck is high enough i think you would be fine, the only problem id see is the neck hitting the bed, some people lift the trailer and some custom raise the front neck...
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There is no conceivable way I could tow a goosneck/fifth wheel with my truck unfortunately. I was debating a 4 link rear suspension with airbags so I could drop it down enough, as recently It would have been helpful to have the ability. It sucks having a nice truck that COULD pull what you need, and having to borrow a crappy old dodge.



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