Truck ?

Old 10-26-2008, 09:13 PM
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Looking at buying a new (to me) truck and trailer this off season.
trailer will be 26 or 28ft for sure, my question is do you think I can get away with a 1500 series truck, with stablizer bars on it ? This will be sometimes hauled 7-8hrs 1 way, I realize i'll be driving slower but can it work safely ?
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Old 10-27-2008, 03:28 AM
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I have 2 friends pulling with 1/2 ton trucks..No issue's. The stablizer hitch helps like you mentioned too. You could always add an air bag too.
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:00 AM
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I wouldn't want to do it...not as much as you race. I used to pull my open car trailer with one but a big enclosed trailer is much heavier....I think it would wear the truck out pretty quick. If you do the transmission will be the thing to worry about.. JMO
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:28 AM
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I used to pull a 26' box with my 1/2 ton but the 3/4 ton is much better. With the distance you travel I would buy at least a 3/4 ton. Not only is the suspension going to be better for the weight but the axle bearings, wheels and tires are designed for the heavier load. If you already had a truck I MIGHT consider using it for shorter trips but you have to buy a truck anyway so you might as well buy something better suited for your needs. It will save you money in the long run.
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:38 AM
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If you already had a 1/2 ton, I'd use it. But since you're buying, I think you'd be money ahead with a 3/4 ton.......
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:02 AM
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3/4 ton is for sure the way to go, bigger brakes, more weight and made to pull. If you get the 1/2 ton it will be straining on hills and in strong head winds. it will pull the trailer but you are gonna wear the truck out fast!
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:07 AM
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thanks for all the replies guys,

Will be buying a truck, retiring the old one (it was time) and my trailer is now wayyy to long for my needs. 36ft tag, used to be great when I raced 2 cars weekly but now down to 1 no need for it.


thanks again
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Old 10-27-2008, 04:38 PM
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Hey Dave how much does your 36 footer weigh? what did you pull it with? I have a real nice 28 foot that I am looking to trade, but I think yours might be a little too much behind my motorhome...
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Old 10-27-2008, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by DragsterJosh
Hey Dave how much does your 36 footer weigh? what did you pull it with? I have a real nice 28 foot that I am looking to trade, but I think yours might be a little too much behind my motorhome...
Would be to much for the motorhome, length would be a major issue also.
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Old 10-27-2008, 04:54 PM
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That is about what I thought. I am really looking for a 32 foot tri axle, or a 26-28 foot stacker type.

BTW I have pulled my 28 with the dragster and golf cart with a half ton to North Carolina and back with no issues. But I pulled it with my boss's duramax 2500HD and that is the only way to fly with a pickup IMO...
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