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03-27-2013 18:40:10

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tell me if I got this right

according to the towing guide (I think I only saw the thing once three years ago):

1985 F250 with a 6.9 C6auto and 4.10 gears

CGVW of 16,000 lbs
Truck Weighs 6,100 lbs with me in it
10k car hauler weighs 2,200 lbs empty

which means I can haul a 7,800 lb tractor




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03-29-2013 13:15:48

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 Re: towing math in reply to FarmerZeb, 03-27-2013 18:40:10  
Here, PA, a trailer under 10K GVW is not registered combination and would be fine behind your truck, however, that means when you jack the trailer up off the truck it can"t be over 10K or over an individual axle rating. On a larger trailer that you have combination registered, you actually weigh the whole truck and trailer together and just have to stay under your axle ratings and combo limit.

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farmer boy

03-27-2013 20:02:09

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 Re: towing math in reply to FarmerZeb, 03-27-2013 18:40:10  
GCWR isn't an overly important number in most areas. BC is the only place that I know of that enforces it. Keep within your GVWR's for both the truck and trailer and keep within the axle ratings. The GVWR should be 8,800lbs. That gives you 2700lbs of tongue weight, if it were possible to load the axles evenly.

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D beatty

03-27-2013 20:43:03

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 Re: towing math in reply to farmer boy, 03-27-2013 20:02:09  
With a 10,000 lb trailer you should have only 15% on the tongue and that would only be 1,500 lbs. max.

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farmer boy

03-27-2013 21:40:18

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 Re: towing math in reply to D beatty, 03-27-2013 20:43:03  
I know that. Legally speaking, the truck could, provided the weight could be properly distributed, pull 16,875lbs at 16% tongue weight. He'll have no problem remaining legal with the truck, given his GVWR and the trailer he intends to pull.

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03-27-2013 20:33:39

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 Re: towing math in reply to farmer boy, 03-27-2013 20:02:09  
I know it will pull a lot more than a 10k car hauler but if I got in accident it would get interesting. However, it is a lot easier to protect ones' self if you are operating with in the mfg's suggested specifications.


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03-27-2013 19:07:35

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 Re: towing math in reply to FarmerZeb, 03-27-2013 18:40:10  
Ya I'd say it should play with 7800 pounds, probebly pull 17800 pounds

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