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Old 07-01-2016, 09:22 PM   #71
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I was on a large airliner that taxied out but then returned to gate and asked for ONE volunteer to get off as we were overweight!
I want to meet the guy with the 1/2 ton pulling a TT that tells his wife to get out. There is 1 guy on this thread that may do that as he would be concerned about stopping distance with that weight.
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Old 07-01-2016, 09:53 PM   #72
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i want to meet the guy with the 1/2 ton pulling a tt that tells his wife to get out. There is 1 guy on this thread that may do that as he would be concerned about stopping distance with that weight.
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Old 07-01-2016, 10:20 PM   #73
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I was on a large airliner that taxied out but then returned to gate and asked for ONE volunteer to get off as we were overweight!
I was on a local commuter (ie puddle jumper) once and the flight attendant had to ask one "portly " gentleman to move to the other side for weight and balance reasons. Im not sure who was more embarrassed, her or him.
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Old 07-02-2016, 01:18 AM   #74
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I want to meet the guy with the 1/2 ton pulling a TT that tells his wife to get out. There is 1 guy on this thread that may do that as he would be concerned about stopping distance with that weight.

I think there's quite a few more then one


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Old 07-02-2016, 07:16 AM   #75
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When we started out in 1999 pulling our 32' Terry I could not afford to buy a new tow vehicle. I was towing with a 1975 F250 2wd regular cab with a 360 4V and dual tanks. Pretty sure it had the C6 transmission. The previous owner towed a car trailer with a 69 Camaro around the Southeast.

I added a trans cooler, new shocks all around with overload springs on the rear. Trailer weighed about 8000 (guessing, never had it weighed) with an estimated 1000 tongue weight. I have no idea what the load carrying capacity of the truck was.

If I stayed on flat ground in Florida it did fine, but it certainly hated hills. It would downshift to second gear at the least incline and slow to about 40 mph going up a good grade.We made two trips to the mountains in NC without issue but it was while knuckle whenever a truck passed me on the interstate.

Third trip up I blew out 3 freeze plugs just south of Atlanta on a Sunday and lost all the coolant immediately. Monday we went out and bought a new 2000 F250SD V10 and wish I had done it earlier. I still have the 2000 today.

You can probably "get by" if you are level when hooked up, stay on flat ground and keep your distance. I don't know what your tongue weight is but I am guessing it is at least 600-700 pounds that you will be adding to what the van can carry. Take it easy, enjoy your trip and even though you love the van, start saving for a new more suitable tow vehicle. Look what Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz pulled with a 1955 Mercury in the movie "The Long Long Trailer"
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Old 07-02-2016, 11:56 AM   #76
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. Look what Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz pulled with a 1955 Mercury in the movie "The Long Long Trailer"
Yes, but they used a set of helper tires on the tongue. Larry G.
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Old 07-02-2016, 12:42 PM   #77
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is anyone over exceeding their gross combination weight rating?

That can't be real... Or is it??


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Old 07-02-2016, 12:46 PM   #78
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That was the only time I saw front helper tires. I did pull 29' with a 1974 Plymouth Fury. A total of 30,000 miles with 6000 on a trip west. Never a problem.
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Old 07-02-2016, 01:06 PM   #79
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I can remember seeing some Airstreams with helper tires. The old white boss hog Caddy needed all the help it could get.
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The weight Police said it couldn't/shouldn't be done but I did it anyway. Been all the up the ALCAN and all over Alaska without a problem. My calculations show I am 400# over on the trucks rear axle. Got the tires rotated yesterday as I did notice more wear on the rear tires than the front.
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