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Old 09-07-2009, 08:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how much can i haul with my 1991 f250?

i need to haul logs home to build house and don't want to overload the truck.
how much can the trailer tongue weigh and how much can i pull? real numbers not "specs" anybody know? I have some more springs to put in also...


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Old 09-07-2009, 09:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would base it off the specs, sure you could go over that weight, but with age, rust, age... after all it must be rated to tow nearly 7,000 pounds, right? if you want to go over that it will be very slow going.
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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As much as you want, if you drive slow and have a good trailer.
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250 = 3/4 ton pickup. Your available tongue weight should not exceed something like 1000lbs, and you can PULL several tons without issue. Make sure you've got a trailer that can handle the load, and load it with very little forward bias. You really don't want to weigh down the axle that much, if you can get away with it. Doing it this way is part of the reason I can tow cars on utility trailers with a 4 cylinder S10.

In fact, we just brought home a trailer load of 16" 2x lumber (6's, 8's, and 10's) from a house I was salvaging parts from.

It was loaded heavy enough to squat a pair of 14.5" Trailer axle tires (the ones that go on travel trailers) with 55 PSI in them to the point that I didn't feel safe going faster than 45MPH with the load. It made no difference in the feel of the truck, besides accelerating/decelerating much more slowly. No sway, no bounce, etc.

I do this with an unclassified hitch, as well. It's made from a mold plate, about 1" thick. (I don't have a traditional hitch/receiver setup, mine came from a 10,000LB tow motor.)

If I can do that, I'm sure you can pull with your 250.
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Who knows how much anything weighs?

Keep throwing stuff on there until you're satisfied with how squashed down everything is, then go.

No, I take that back. Individually bring each log in to a weigh station, weigh it, and leave it there while you go back and get the next one. Once all is tallied you can carefully hand select the combination that gets closest to the target weight, for the remainder of the journey(s).

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Old 09-08-2009, 07:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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check spring hangers and bumper connect, type of hitch. 5 tons if I am not mistaken, but needs stronger stuff attached to the truck, the truck is capable with strong stuff.

5 tons with gas is crazy, but if you are flat roads havadit.

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