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Old 07-27-2012, 01:00 PM
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Towing recomindation for 12" lift.

So I will be taking both my F250 and 2013 Mustang GT to SEMA this year and plan to tow the car on a aluminum flat bed trailer behind the truck.

Whats your recommendation for towing? It has Atlas 10" leaf springs and 2" blocks in the back.
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These are my thoughts:
If you have access to the trailer now, I'd load it up and hook it up just to see what drop in the back you'll get. With your truck at altitude, you will need some kind of drop hitch. The trailer is best if it's level so maybe get an adjustable hitch. That way you can easily adjust it with the load on your truck and to get the trailer level.

EDIT (adding link to adjustable drop hitches): http://www.nextag.com/adjustable-dro...h/compare-html - Haven't used any of these, just providing the link.

Will the trailer have brakes on it? If it has surge brakes (like a master cylinder mounted on the tongue - when the trailer pushes forward, it applies the brakes) you should be good. IF it has electric brakes, do you have a brake controller in the truck?

With a load on, you need to consider headlight adjustment too. Dropping the back will raise your headlight beams - you'll probably get flashed a lot. When I tow my 12K 5th wheel, I adjust my lights down.

Just some things to consider.

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Should be ok with just a mustang on it but I wouldn't try and do 70 with being up and the air that high but I agree with everything said above


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Thanks for the info. The truck does have factory electric brake option. I'll have to check and see what the trailer is.... I like those adjustable drop hitches because you can remove the ball and still have the drop to keep Honda's from going under the truck.

The plan is to leave in the AM so we can take out time heading out there..

We are also looking at Tow bags for the rear because if we decide to keep this truck we are looking at getting a 35" travel trailer and lowering the truck a bit.
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just get a drop hitch, you will be fine. Check the ratings. Cheap hitches use "hollow" 2x2 square tube for the receiver (part that goes into your hitch), where real heavy duty use solid, make sure you get solid. the weight rating on "adjustable hitches" (aluminum) is no where near the capability of a solid unit, but should be fine for towing one import. Just try to get the trailer as level as possible, will tow no sweat. Atlas springs are stiff as hell anyway (used many sets of Atlas on previous rig). They will hardly squat with a trailer of that size, no need to worry about load leveling the truck at all. When I used to tow all the time with 12" on 40s in TX, I had Atlas springs and ended up adding a rear Hellwig sway bar, but if this is a one time thing, you will be fine.
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Noooo you'll never see an Import being towed by my truck!

Good info though Thanks!
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My bad, don't know where I got that! GT, much better! Nice!
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:31 PM
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My bad, don't know where I got that! GT, much better! Nice!
What size drop hitch did you use on the truck?
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dont recall, about 12". Every trailer rides at different heights. If you are going to tow regularly, i would get a hitch custom made. If this is a one time trip, and/or you are going to change lift height (as you mentioned) in the future, just get the adjustable
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:34 PM
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Its looking like a one time deal. Might drop the sale price to 55k and put it up for sale after sema.
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