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F350 towing question

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I am looking at buying a tiny home that is based on a trailer. The specs posted are:

Tongue weight ?
Each axle ? 6000 lbs
Per wheel ? 3000 lbs
Total trailer capacity ? 18,000 lbs
Total trailer length ? 28?

They state on the site that a 1ton truck can pull it. I have a 2006 F350 DRW 6.0 diesel. What I am reading is that it caps at around 15k towing capacity. Need to get on a scale to get my exact weight but under my math I am 3k lbs over pull. I do have a CTS with towing option and I am going to upgrade the egr cooler and oil cooler in the next few months. Maybe an air ride lift/towing kit dependent on time/$$$.

Driving would be in Colorado Springs. Would not move it much after delivery but would like to know if I could move it if need be. Where I am looking to buy is considered mid-high fire danger.

Thanks in advance.
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Will it pull it? Yes it will. Will you have problems? Maybe, maybe not.

First, in some jurisdictions you might have a legal issue being overweight. That would be a good thing to check, and check somewhere more official than an internet forum.

Second, towing weights are set for reasons. You may be able to exceed them without problems, or you may have serious problems.

The way it works in the corporate world is that Marketing sets where they need the tow weights to be so that the truck is competitive in the marketplace. Engineering then reviews it and assigns costs to make that happen. Manglement then decides if the costs are worth it. If so, the program progresses.

If it's a go, all product engineering areas are tasked with certifying that their area of responsibility can handle the weight. Will the brakes be able to stop it within the limits that exist? Can the truck at max load climb a required grade? Without overheating? At a minimum speed? And many, many more requirements like that. Once every area has certified that it will work it goes into production.

Can you exceed what was designed and tested? In many cases, yes, with no problem. The trick is knowing which area certified it at the tow weight that it was sold at, but would not have certified it 500 pounds higher because it wouldn't have met the pass criteria. Even when I worked there and was responsible for certifying the transmission portion of this I had no idea if any other area was right at the limit.
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