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Re: Best 1/2 Ton Truck

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The tractor vet

08-27-2011 07:30:59

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Here is my take on you guys that want to haul your tractor and want to haul it with a 1/2 ton truck. You are plum NUTS . And you wonder why the DOT wants to come down on us little guys. 90% of you do not have a clue of what your doing. Yea you may get the load rolling with a half ton BUT YOU DO not have the springs or brakes that you need . Oh but my trailer has good brakes , yea wright , they are electric brakes and electric brakes can go out in the blink of and eye BTDT . You can never have tomuch truck inft. of a load . And tires on a half ton are not much more then a car tire. And lord help ya if blow a tire . Or ya loose your brakes . Do you ever think ahead while driving and use the WHAT IF . When hauling a load ya had best be thinking like a pilot of a plane because if that WHAT IF happens ya had best be looking ahead as to where your going to LAND it. Myself i USe to pull a trailer with a 3/4 ton heavy Duty 4X4 , tryed the automatics even hand built one for towing , went back to a standard. Found out even a heavy 3/4 ton was not enough truck. Moved up to a 1 ton 4x4 , BETTER BUT STILL LACKING IN THE WOOOOOOOOO BUT LOTS OF GO . tRUCK WEIGHTED IN AT 7500 LBS AND TRAILER WEIGHED IN AT 7500 LBS EMPTY WITH ALL CHAINS AND BINDERS AND yes I HAD lotS OF CHAINS ALL 5/16THS g70 LIKE 14 OF THEM . So before i even put a load on it we were at 15000 lbs . So you max out the GVW and you are 31000 that is 15 and a half ton about the empty weight of a semi. And you do not have the brakes that YOU SHOULD have. Just like last weekend we used the Durango to pull a little 14 foot enclosed signal axle trailer to move my one daughter from Cinnci to Cleveland , 03 Durango with the 5.9-360 V8 trailer tow package really good BFG tires inflated to propper full load capacity everything was as wright as i could make it but once the trailer was loaded yea it would pull it just fine BUT just not enough Stopping power . I have a leg up on most of you on this hauling thing because i have done it for the last 48 years as being a professional heavy haul trucker . started out on a B61 Mack with a 50 Rogers lowboy hauling construction equipment and just recently retired from hauling what ever was big heavy and ugly With no accidents , some really close calls that make you sick in the stomach and really weak in the knees none of witch were my fault just dumb drivers . So here is my take on this little Half ton truck and a big load you are asking for trouble.

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08-27-2011 13:12:41

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 Re: Best 1/2 Ton Truck in reply to The tractor vet, 08-27-2011 07:30:59  
I"m nuts. 23 years hauling my 5500 lb. tractor with my 1/2 ton trucks. My trailer has 2 6,000 lb axles with brakes that I check every year. I have 550 lbs tongue weight. Knock on wood, never a problem.I"m nuts. Thank you for the insult...

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08-29-2011 19:19:36

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 Re: Best 1/2 Ton Truck in reply to 770, 08-27-2011 13:12:41  
Looks like I'll be getting that '98 KW conv. long wb , down the road for sale and put a tilt bed on and will be just the ticket for hauling my 4000# JD "B" !!! Sleeping quarters and all! ( yea,right!)

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08-30-2011 17:35:06

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 Re: Best 1/2 Ton Truck in reply to B-maniac, 08-29-2011 19:19:36  
Don"t forget the flat screen TV for the sleeper...

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