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The truck is an F350 CC DRW 4x4. I am looking at a 34-36' 2 car flatbed trailer that will be pulled off the rear hitch. Trailer is 14k GVWR. Will this be a legal combo on the truck? Ford rates the truck at 23,500 GCWR which is where I am getting confused as Ford also rates the truck to pull 16,000lbs. So which is it?

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the way i have always understood it is your entire weight is not to exceed 23500 gcwr while towing 16000 so tow pickup weight loaded trailer weight is less than 23500 while loaded trailer weight is less than 16000 your under manufacturers ratings

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Bumper pull? Better put a different one because IIRC that hitch is only good for 12k weight distributed.
23,500GCWR is the weight of the entire rig that Ford rates it for.
The 16,000lbs is probably a trailer weight only rating for the truck, but only you can determine that once you weigh the truck.


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Bumper pull? Better put a different one because IIRC that hitch is only good for 12k weight distributed.
23,500GCWR is the weight of the entire rig that Ford rates it for.
The 16,000lbs is probably a trailer weight only rating for the truck, but only you can determine that once you weigh the truck.
Hitch is a class V rated for 15k lbs.

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the hitch might be a class V, but still needs to be weight distributing.

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Yeah of course. The hitch is not the question. The question is a 14k lb trailer legal behind an F350 DRW.

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If your manual says its capable of 16k towing then yes. But you also have to be under the GCVWR of the 23.5k. So if you end up max'ing out your 14k trailer make sure your truck doesn't weigh more than 9.5k. I know the truck itself doesn't weigh that, but consider all the cargo you may have in the bed, cab, full tank(s) of fuel, toolboxes, etc.

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Any reason for not doing a gooseneck? I'm getting rid of my 6month old 18ft bumper pull after towing home my bobcat and I didn't care for it. Trailer and skid steer prob weigh 9500#.
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Goose is the way to go hands down IMO for what you would be towing. What is keeping you with a bumper pull?
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The trailer is $5700 as opposed to $12 for a Gooseneck. I pull an 8k lb enclosed trailer off the back now. I will puck up about 4k in weight but lose that sail on the back of the truck. I figure towing wise it will be a wash in how the truck feels. The DOT guys are the only ones I worry about.

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