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Old 11-21-2012, 03:20 PM
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29,000 lb house boat, on a '07 350 6.0

This may sound like a dumb *** question but I have an 07 6.0 with a 4:10 rear I believe. Anyway I was thinking of hauling a house boat for a customer it weighs in at 29,000 lbs without trailer. The trip would be 300 miles.. I know Ford specs would say no but, does anyone have experience with something like this??? This is my first big haul. dimensions of boat are 41 ft long, 15 ft wide and 11 ft tall.. Trailer is a 4 axle 2 5/16 ball tongue.
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Are you gonna get an oversize permit for the width?
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:26 PM
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If you have a SRW truck, as you avatar shows, you will have 3.73s from the factory, vise 4.10s. Your truck is rated to a gross 23K, from Ford.

With a boat that large, you can probably add 6-7.5K for the trailer. Which would put you at 42K by estimates... Take a moment to consider that, and you'd be pulling it on a ball (which the stock hitch is only rated to around 12K).

My advise, is pass on this load. 300 miles may not seem far, but if something goes wrong - its going to feel like 3,000. All legalities aside.
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Overweight, and Overwidth You would need permits, a bigger truck, cdl, etc.
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I appreciate it guys, like I said I was mainly curious. You are more than likely right about the rear gears colo, I was going to get the permits if we hauled it for the width and length..
Again thanks for the perspective..
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Permits wouldn't be enough. You'd have to have a Class A CDL also, plus insurance, etc., etc.
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If it's a 350, it might still be 4.10s I though.

Anyway, I'd be worried FIRST about the OEM receiver hitch. Not anywhere near strong enough. Then suspension since it's a dang bumper pull.
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If it's a 350, it might still be 4.10s I though.

Anyway, I'd be worried FIRST about the OEM receiver hitch. Not anywhere near strong enough. Then suspension since it's a dang bumper pull.
29k+ lbs on a bumper pull???
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Are you trolling us OP???
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I pulled 24k trailer from AK to NM in dead of winter. That's not quite the load your talking about but it was much further. Also not bumper pull. I'd say 29k is do-able, but as you acknowledged it would not be legal. These other guys have brought up the biggest concerns. What's the weight with trailer? What's the hitch weight loaded? If the trailer bumps the total weight in the mid 30s I wouldn't do it. It took me exaggerated distances to accelerate and stop with the 24k trailer, any more would be worse. But the biggest problem would be the oversized aspect. I just pulled at 14' high trailer from Las Vegas to DC (13.5 is legal) and I had to detour so many times to avoid low bridges it was crazy, serious headache. I'm betting that boat would be over height and width, and you'll need to scout the route. Probably more involved than your thinking.
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