the trailer is a 30' millenium ,with tandem 10,000# axles , and already has @ 2000 #'s of tools in it . i dont know what the empty weight is . i looked on title , didnt see it anywhere . it sounds like im gona be on the edge of of disaster , unless i do some upgrades .
Just because the trailer can haul 20,000 pounds, doesn't mean you have to load it that heavy. I would limit the load to a gross trailer weight of 10,000 pounds max, with almost exactly 1,000 pounds hitch weight (before attaching the WD bars). Adjust the hitch weight by moving heavy stuff behind the trailer axles to get less hitch weight, or in front of the trailer axles to add hitch weight. DO NOT
wind up with less than 10% hitch weight.
If you must move more stuff than you can get into the trailer without exceeding 9,000 pounds trailer axle weight and 1,000 pounds hitch weight, then probably the cheapest way to getter done is to make more than one trip from the Cleveland area to the Dallas area. You don't have any mountains to cross on that trip, so you should be able to tow a 10,000 pound cargo trailer without being very much overloaded over the GVWR of the F-250. Your GCWR is 20,000 pounds, and with a 10,000-pound trailer you won't gross 20,000 pounds, so pulling ability is not a problem. Hauling capability (hitch weight) is your problem.
With 1,000 pounds trailer tongue weight, your 1,000-pound WD hitch will do the job, so no need to buy a heavier-duty WD hitch.
BTW, don't expect the empty trailer on the return leg to tow much lighter than the loaded trailer on the go leg. Your MPG will probably be close to the same both ways.
thats the biggest truck i could find for the money . i figured if it wont do the job , what else is out there that will ?
A dually. With a 2000 F-350 DRW diesel, hitch weight is no longer your limiter. GCWR becomes the limiter. It is the same 20,000 pounds as your F-250. So with nothing in the truck but a skinny driver, WD hitch, and full tank of diesel, you might be able to get the weight of the wet and loaded dually down to 8,000 pounds. Then you could load the trailer to 12,000 pounds without being overloaded. But that extra 2,000 pounds of cargo means you not only need to trade for a dually pickup, you also need to buy a new WD hitch rated for at least 1,200 pounds hitch weight. And would all that extra expense prevent two trips?
im thinking i will need more than a bigger tranny cooler .
what else can i get to make sure this thing aint gona grenade on me , half way to texas ?
I don't know any measure you can take to "make sure" you won't have a break down on the road. But limiting the trailer axle weight to 9,000 pounds and the hitch weight to 1000 pounds would be a good start. Also fresh oil, ATF, and differential lube can't hurt.
DO NOT allow a dealer or lube shop or tranny shop to change your ATF. They won't do I right. DIY with these procedures:
Changing ATF: 7.3L PowerStroke Engine and 4R100 Automatic Transmission.
You can have someone else do the diff lube change, or you can DIY. Just be certain they use 75W140 synthetic diff lube. Yes, it has to be synthetic, but any brand is okay. Last time on mine, I used Wal-mart's house brand of 75w140 synthetic diff lube.
Don't plan to tow at night unless you add air bags to the rear suspension. With 1000 pounds hitch weight, even with a WD hitch, your headlights will blind oncoming drivers unless you can pump up the air bags