The yearly migration of snowbirds returning north is well underway - me included. I saw many fifth-wheels on the road and the vast majority of them were being towed by 3/4 ton PUs.
In the past I counseled newbies to get a truck that is rated for their trailer. But based on actual observation, I see that is unnecessary.
I saw a 3/4 ton short box towing a trailer just like mine at 75MPH. I guess the 65MPH rating on the trailer tires really doesn't matter either.
I saw a 3/4 ton squatted down so far that the front wheel looked like they were almost off the ground. He couldn't go over 60 because the trailer was wagging so much. Rear truck tires looked almost flat.
There was another one that compensated for the rear squat with airbags. The bags were pumped up so much that I could see the camber in the front suspension from the weight transfer.
One guy passed me three times but each time I'd see him stopped at the side of the road looking under his trailer. I don't know what that was about but it didn't stop him from doing 80mph.
I go 65mph.
Anyway, you get the idea. I didn't read about any horrific crashes so I guess everybody made it home 'safely'. We can all be thankful for that.
California has a 55 mph speed limit for trailer towing. I rarely exceed that.
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"I guess the 65MPH rating on the trailer tires really doesn't matter either."
Why do you think they had trailer tires (ST)?
Perhaps they, like many folks do, put LT tires on their trailer.
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you saw snow birds doing 75 MPH on the road north. You must not be on the same road I was on because most were doing 45 in a 75 zone. all were hazardous to the health of all on the road behind them. I guess they drive 75 going down and 45 going home.
I must apologize that I didn't get my counseling from you when I started. That is, I guess, why I am pulling my 36ft FW with my 2500 Dodge Ram 6.7CTD. And yes, it does have airbags.
I have never noticed an E rated tire looking almost flat (they are E rated on 3500s also) or the camber of the front of a 2500 out of whack, seeing how a 2500s front suspension is identical to the 3500.
I have driven 75mph with my FW in tow. Normally I am about 70mph, but occasionally I will speed up a bit.
Love your 3500. Don't hate my 2500; it is nearly identical to yours.
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"There was another one that compensated for the rear squat with airbags. The bags were pumped up so much that I could see the camber in the front suspension from the weight transfer."
I have rear airbags on my F250 and they only raise the rear. Not sure I understand what is being said here.
I too hope that it is understood that in many cases the only difference between a 3/4 ton SRW truck and a 1 ton SRW truck is slightly heavier rear springs on the One Ton SRW. Same engine, same front axle, same transmission, same rear axle rating, same shocks, same E rated tires. A 3/4 ton truck is not a Tonka truck and a 1 ton truck is not a Kenworth.
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