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Old 01-07-2005, 08:20 AM   #1
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Has anyone ever had a load that was to heavy for their truck to pull? I'm doing some research. Any experiences are greatly appreciated.


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Old 01-07-2005, 08:20 AM   #2
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Has anyone ever had a load that was to heavy for their truck to pull? I'm doing some research. Any experiences are greatly appreciated.


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Old 01-07-2005, 10:35 AM   #3
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In what sense: physically or safety? If the load is too much for your truck to move, you better get some tires on the load.

Personally, I run all the numbers before I buy either a trailer of a tow vehicle. That way, I can move the load safely.

So we can better answer your question, what type research are you doing?
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Old 01-07-2005, 10:51 AM   #4
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....check with your insurance company they know all the GVW's etc....ya don't want to be overloaded and have an accident...in most cases your insurance company will turn down any claim if they can get out of it...geof kaye
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You can look on any of the manufacturers web sites and look for towing/hauling specifications.
Now, that is factory specs. Are you asking for info that many of us tow?
It would be helpful if your question was more specific as to type of tow vehicle or unit that is towed or hauled.
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Old 01-09-2005, 05:09 AM   #6
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Hey King, you can pull anything you want!!!
Just watch the truck commercials on Television, why they haul ships out of water, pull stumps ou of the ground while collapsing water towers, well you get the drift!

I guess you could pull some really heavy loads but could you do it regularely without wrecking the truck, do it in safety, and be able to stop it!

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Old 01-09-2005, 05:19 AM   #7
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If you're researching heavy loads being towed by so-called "light duty" (i.e., up to 1 ton or 350/3500 class) pickups, you might look into the hot-shotters. These folks (at least in Texas) can get apportioned license plates good for up to 39,999 lbs, and it's not unusual to see 3/4 ton single rear wheel pickups pulling heavy oilfield equipment carried on dual tandem gooseneck trailers.

I'm certainly not saying I subscribe to this - I'm just reporting it as the way things are.

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I have. Tried pulling my 27 foot travel trailer with my 94 Jeep GC. Trailer weight was about 6500 fully loaded. Jeep was "rated" to tow 8000. Did okay out here on the plains. Wind and hills slowed me down. I almost killed the Jeep pulling the trailer through the mountains. Went through 4 major mountain passes traveling too and from Ouray. Overheated twice and topped Monarch doing 15 mph. Learned my lesson the hard way. Biggest thing I worry about now is the stopping power. I don't think that Jeep would have been able to stop that rig in an emergency. Right after that I bought a 1 ton chevy with 454. Currently have a 3/4 ton D/A. Won't never go back!
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Amen neighbor.... me 2
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Two years ago I had some landscaping to do at home and wanted to plant some trees in my yard....being fairly big trees and the fact I wanted to "reshape" the yard...I rented a Bobcat....Wt. about 6000lbs....trailer to tow it with about the same....I was using a 2001 1500 Silverado with tow haul and it pulled real nice....However; coming up on an intersection with a 4 way stop the light turned red and I could not stop! Cars had already started going through the light....and only through the grace of God I did not hit anyone nor was I hit....Trailer brakes failed and the 1500 couldn't stop it on it's own....Learned a BIG lesson that day....I will always make sure the vehicle I'm towing with can do the job it needs to safely without the possibility of causing an accident or killing anyone...Weights/GCVW's etc..... are soo important.....well; I've said enough.


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