So I need tons of info to help me make the right decision, the ultimate goal is to buy a gooseneck trailer to haul 2 cars around the SE (GA, FL, AL, SC, NC, VA)
What I have to play with is a 2001 F-250 2WD/SWD with a rear hitch, with stinger/draw bar/ball mount in it has a lot of play, even front to back... the hole where the pin goes in are not 100% round, they are a bit oval looking.
So my truck came in with a homemade gooseneck, pretty much a C channel welded in between the frame rails, with a whole in the middle with a ball hex nut alse welded to the C channel. <<<< My plan, is to check the welds, if they look good add some reinforcement in the type of gussets. >>>> The last owner use the truck in a farm, this is what I was told be the dealer where I bought it (small town Ford dealer). The truck had on the bed this universal rails installed
, I think that's where the safety chain where secure to, am I right? I mean there is nothing else but a hole where the ball goes thru the bed.
SO moving on to the dually conversion:
I've been reading and so far all the info I gather does not fall in place, plain and simple I don’t know what way head to, and how much is going to cost me!
So I found adaptor to install in all four wheel hubs to be able to use the F-320 dually wheels. I guess if I go this route all I would need are: wheels w/proper towing tires and the fenders for the bed.
I also found a couple of threads where they day that the proper way to do it is to swap the dually axle and front hubs.... but there is a million things that might need replacing... such as driveshaft, rear brakes, leaf springs to comply with 350 towing standards, hubs are a maybe if 4WD, proper gears for towing, get an ambulance rear end bc it comes with an LSD, etc....
So you might say, sell the truck and buy a dually.... believe me I thought about it but, I still 2K to 4K under by doing the conversion my self and buy used parts only, not to mention I have not found the first 6spd, 8ft bed, red dually w/170K miles...
The ultimate goal is to end up with a solid hauler, something that I can feel safe towing my precious race car!
SO ANY INFO YOU HAVE IS WELCOME, OR POINT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!
I HAVE NOT FOUND A NICE COMPLETE THREAD DOCUMENTING A COVERSION LIKE MINE!
Here is the truck in question: