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Old 10-29-2008, 12:09 PM   #15
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Cliff,

I agree with you, the F250 appears to be a short bed and the wrecked trailer appears to be a tri-axle. Seems like a lot of trailer for a short wheel base 3/4 ton.
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Old 10-29-2008, 05:03 PM   #16
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The 3-axle trailer is reported to be 30' per the news media. From the photos, it certainly appears to be more than 30'. I'd venture to guess closer to 36'.

HE probably did OK with the short bed 3/4 ton truck until he got that one wrong wind blast or had to make an emergency maneuver.

With a larger truck, you could still wind up in trouble, but it will certainly take more to get to the trouble point.

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Old 10-29-2008, 05:51 PM   #17
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One picture I saw (which may not be in those links) showed the bottom of the 5er and the side of PU still attached. The 5er looked at least double the length of the PU. The trouble he got into was avoiding stopped or very slow traffic on a 3 lane highway. He claimed he was cut off, which may have been part of the problem. I don't think wind was a factor.
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Old 11-01-2008, 06:59 PM   #18
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"Your real concern will be rear axle weight. I strongly suspect that with the SRW setup, you will be over."

the 3500 srw Ford has a 7000 RAWR. Just guessing at his actual curb weight but most 3500 srw 4x4 trucks rear empty weight is around 3200 (approx) which leaves a est 3800 lbs for his payload. His pin weight can be figured from that number.
The DRW has a 9000 rawr and has over a 5000 lb payload.
Payloads are figuered from axle/tire caps as gvwr is upratable in some states.

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Old 11-02-2008, 05:46 PM   #19
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I have a 2005 F250 PSD SWR and tow a 25 ft. Airstream. I bought the truck thinking I would be going to a fifth wheel in the future and thinking surely the PSD would handle any fifth wheel I would likely end up buying. Not true. I'm looking at a 33ft Excel and it seems that a dually is a necessity because of the PIN weight!
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I have a 2008 f350 172"wb srw that was recently weighed at a Cat scale. weights include driver& 1 passenger, 18k signature series hitch, about 2/3 tank of fuel, toolbox with approx 100 lbs of contents
front: 5324 lb
rear: 3696 lb
total: 9020 lb
this leaves a payload of 2480 lb [gvw is 11500]
definitly not enough for the Jayco which will probably have a loaded hitch weight well over the 2350 empty weight
a f350 duelly has a gvw of 13000 but, how much heavier is the empty truck than a srw? my guess is about 500 lb so the payload should increase by 1000 lb
I am presently towing a 35' Avion with an actual hitch weight of 2220lb which handles and tows without a problem but is still too close to the trucks rated gvw.
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I suspect that you will be at or above the weight limits however I can sure understand the distaste for a dually that some family members may have. An option to consider is the single F450 taht will increase your payload and not increase the size....economy may be a trade off.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Groveite:
An option to consider is the single F450 taht will increase your payload and not increase the size....economy may be a trade off. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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If you are trying to say a SRW F-450, that would not an option. The F-450 is only available in a dually. No SRW option.
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Quite right K-Star...my bad!
BTW I have noticed lately that many of the duallies I see (usually without a trailer attached mind you) have some form of damage to the "hips". Somehow I just know that I would be among that group if I had one. We use the truck for more than towing....probably 30% of the time no tow.
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Ian

You are quite right; I've seen that too. In fact my `02 GMC had some "hip" damage froma parking lot. But a little trick someone once told me if you have the towing mirrors. As long as they make it thru, the wheel bubbles will make it thru too.

On a recent trip to Mr. Rushmore we took a ride through Custer State Park, specifically Needle Highway. There is one "tunnel" that was only about 6-7 inches wider than the back end of the truck. I extended my towing mirrors and went through slowly.
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