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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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In the city traffic it is all about stopping and anticipating stopping. They go hand in hand. In the rural areas its about climbing and not over heating your tranny or engine. For about nine years I pulled a 20 ft gooseneck all over Nevada and a lot in Vegas with a 97PS F250. I put air bags on the rear and had John Wood put one of his wonderful trannys in that f250. After 400K I bought a f350 PS and found out that I did not need the air bags and am still driving and enjoying driving that f350. I put a 6.0 cooler on the tranny and have climbed many passes in Nevada and have not seen my tranny temp gauge over 185 degrees. It stops better and goes better. I change my tranny fluid every 40K and now have over 200K on that 2002 f350. I am pulling 12-15K on a regular basis and what a difference between the f250 and the f350. I don't know about legality and I am just commenting on how great that f350 PS pulls and stops my load both in the city and in rural conditions. Thanks for listening to my ramblings......
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The 97PS F250 had drum brakes on the rear and the 2002 has disc. Same trailer brakes but a big difference in braking between the 350 and 250 with drums. I also did not put air bags on the 350 and had to on the 250 because of the headlights. I never get high beamed with the 350 without the bags.
Bugman I totally agree with you about the braking if the trailer brakes are set up properly. There is just something different about driving with the 2002 f350 sb crew cab and the 97 extended cab f250. Both are stock set up and the 350 just seems smoother and easier to drive. The 250 has 450K on it but with new ball joints and tie rod ends and shocks. It has not been neglected and in fact I need to catch up in maintainence with the 350. Surely it could be a matter of preference but I have driven a lot of miles with that 20ft gooseneck loaded to the max in hilly country. For sure the magic of John Wood with the tranny in the 250 is noted for sure. I am not disputing you, rather I am just rambling on. Sorry for that. I have other trailers that I pull with both my trucks and in foct I consider myself lucky to have the two vehicles that I have for towing and I owe the diesel stop members for the knowledge that they have given me in setting them up to tow. Thanks
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