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Help.....5th Wheel Towing???

Hello everyone, I am thingign about getting a Keystone Raptor 5Th Wheel Toy Hauler. The toy hauler has a dry weight is 13,600 lbs. I have a 08, F350 SRW, 3.73 Long Box, Diesel. The Ford book says I have a max GCVW of 23,500.
I am going to be very close the the 23,500 ( if nto a little over) when I add the in the 4 wheelers, water in tanks and other gear.

D0 you think, I will be ok with this?
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if you don't get weighed, you'll be fine. But you WILL be over the weight rating. Assuming your truck is a crew cab, it weighs in around 8000 lbs empty, leaving you only 2000 pounds for all your gear.

The towing is not the problems, only the highway patrol/weigh stations dudes that may run ya down.

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Thanks I apprciate the advise. I kind knew the answer before I asked, but you confirmed. The problem is I am not got to up grade the truck at this time. I have ot ask weather or not me pullign a 4O ft toyhauler with a F350 SWD will raise red flags ot the highway patrol.
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It could very well draw extra attention from highway patrol.
Also kinda depends on the State you are in and how the highway patrol there treats people. In California, you'd probably get stopped fairly quick. Around here you even get harassed it you have a utility bed (or similar) on a dually and don't have the DOT weight rating sticker on the door.

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It is not legal in any state for the weight guys to force you to be weighed if you are towing for pleasure.

I also personally don't ever think it is OK to tow x-tra heavy with any single rear wheel truck unless it has 19.5s
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But they CAN pull you over and look for all kinds of other reasons to ticket you and hassle you. Doesn't matter if it's legal or not it seems like CHP does whatever they want.

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From what I understand is they go by the weight rating of what the plates are registered to not what the manufaturer reccomends on the door sticker.




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Whether it is legal I do not know, But if you have a problem, and hurt someone then, you can be sure that your insurance will be cancelled and you will pay. I have seen a lot of places over the years that would post a sign at the scale saying all vehicles over a certain GVW report to the scale. Just a thought!

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What is the pin weight of trailer? What is the truck rear weight? What are the tires rated for?

For the most part, you'll likely never get hassled, but there is always that ONE time. Depends on where you are and where you're going. Ten years ago likely wasn't an issue but with as popular as that kind of rig is getting they get looked at more and more.

Check with DMV with licensing. Might have to get truck plates rated for what you will be? Ohio has Non Comm plates, but don't get caught pulling a big trailer with them.

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