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Re: 4500lb tractor + 2200lb trailer. 7k trailer or 10k?

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None of us drive 25 mph...If the speed limit is 60 we run 50 mph and if its 70 we run 55-60 when towing..

In my area barely adequate but legal tow vehicles get along just fine..Its fairly level and not heavily populated..Most of the drivers are older farmers,truckers,mechanics-etc that keep their stuff up to snuff and know how to drive..They often only go to 5-6 pulls or shows per year and arent out there pounding the hiway..

Todays new 1/2 ton pickups are far superior to the 3/4 tons of not that many years ago..My brothers new F-150 is huge compared to an older F-250..You dont have to have a crew cab dually and a 14K gooseneck to haul an H Farmall a few times a year..

As far as I know not a single person in my area has been killed by someone using a 1/2 ton and a car trailer...Yes there are tons of variables but it still boils down to the guy behind the wheel and how he maintains his equipment..

I like to look over the haulers and tow vehicles at shows and pulls..Usually the most overloaded are the crew cab duallys with huge tandem axle trailers...I've seen them at tractor shows with 3 tractors on that had to weigh 18K or more plus the trailer weighed 8K.

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 Re: 4500lb tractor + 2200lb trailer. 7k trailer or 10k? in reply to F-350, 06-17-2011 20:04:14  
I don't know where you are, F-350, but I know Nebraska sure is a lot different than back in PA. I've run into the ethanol plant near 100K on 5 axles regularly. The highway's flat, you just let off the throttle and let the engine brake work a little longer. Never could get away with that back east. Only trouble is, the large cars that come into town behind you, just as heavy, and don't think far enough ahead to not burn their own brakes up.

Unless width precluded it, I'd probably just get the 7K car hauler, too. I had over 5K (after chains and binders) on a bumper pull behind a V6 half ton Chevy. It knew the weight was back there, but with that little motor stopping was less a concern than getting going. I kept it on the back roads with that load.

We have three gooseneck stock trailers at work. With the prodigy controller in the one duramax, you can say that none of them have working brakes. You just have to look forward past the end of your hood, and past the rear bumper of any car ahead of you. If you can't see past him, you back off to where you have plenty room to easily stop if he does.

Can't wait to read the heck I catch over this one.

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