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Old 11-15-2014, 05:55 PM   #1
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Towing a trailer

Does anyone see where it would be a problem towing a f-250 crew cab diesel on a trailer behind my 2005 tropical with a 350 cat. I believe it has plenty of power just wanted some opions.
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:10 PM   #2
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What is the towing capacity of your 2005? It will have to do with the hitch capacity of your coach. As long as the truck and trailer weigh less than the towing capacity of your coach you are golden. You will have to experiment with the loading of the truck to ensure you dont overload the hitch.

From what I could find the standard towing capacity is 10,000. That is for a 2006. You have to confirm it is correct for the 2005. GCVW is 32910, again for the 2006.

Weigh the coach with all of the stuff you will carry including full tanks. Add the weight of the truck and trailer and if it is under the GCVW for your coach you will be fine.

Trailer brakes are a must.
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:21 PM   #3
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I have an enclosed trailer with a really heavy tongue weight. I had a local RV/Hitch/Welding shop box the receiver hitch frame on our '04 TropiCal. No issues.

I suspect I was towing about 6,000 lbs on the last trip. Up and over I-90 from Seattle to Spokane. There might have been a couple of grades that the cruise control couldn't maintain 60. I don't think it ever got as slow as 50. Based on a quick Google for the weight of an F250 diesel, you could be pulling as much as 10,000 lbs if you trailer is heavy. Or maybe I should say unless your trailer is a lightweight, you'll be close to 10k.
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I've got the same '05 Tropical and pull an F-150 on a trailer. Hitch is rated for 15X pounds. The CAT doesn't know the difference.
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Though I hate to see old threads revived, this one isn't REAL old, so here goes...

The issue isn't pulling the F-250, it is stopping it. I let my electric trailer brakes go too long without adjusting them and then got caught in stop and go traffic through Seattle. The motorhome brakes got stinky and faded, but it happened in 35 mph traffic and did not result in any trauma.

IMHO, you should have excellent trailer brakes on both axles with that much weight behind you.
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