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I am looing at picking up a toy hauler and have been researching this for quite a bit. It needs to have at LEAST 5k lb cargo capacity and at least 18' in the "cargo area". All of this and I would like to tow it with my 2000 F-350 SRW.
What's frustrating is that technically, I can tow more trailer (sort of) with a bumper pull than I can a gooseneck/fifth wheel set up, knowing dang well that the gooseneck/fifth wheel would tow better and not exceed my GAWR, but in the end my GCWR is the limiting factor.
I can get a 32' tag that will weigh in WELL under 10k, say around 7k or I can get a gooseneck that will weigh JUST under 10k empty, probably about 9,900 or so for the same space on the "floor". My truck is rated at 20,000 GCWR and 9,900 GVWR. That means I'm limited to 10,100lbs trailer weight...on an F-350. Seriously!?! WTF? I refuse to get rid of my 7.3, I've considered getting a dually F-350 with the 7.3, but in the end, it's GCWR is still only 20,000lbs. My RAWR is 6,800 and change and while I haven't had it on the scales to measure actual rear axle weight, I figure I have enough leeway for 3,000lbs of pin weight easy. That enough pin weight for 15,000lbs.
I know the newer trucks have ridiculous ratings with dang near the same brakes/axles, etc, but how in the heck is everyone towing around these huge triple axle RV's and not getting their butt handed to them by the DOT/cops? What am I missing? I don't want to pull the trigger on a $50,000 trailer to not be able to tow it anywhere.
2000 Ext. Cab F350 SRW, 6" Skyjacker lift on front/8" BDS Springs on rear w/NO blocks, 37x13.50 Nitto Mud Grappler's, Aftermarket Front Bumper
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