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Posted: 07/22/12 12:45am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Overwidth big problem. Overweight big problem.
Now the plusses? ?????


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Posted: 07/22/12 05:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the input. I forgot about width. I am getting the specs on it now. I had considered liability.

Also, towing here is not flat. This one is in Spartanburg SC going to Culowhee NC. Several steep long grades involved.

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Bet ya a dime she has no brakes. That is one of the first thinks that go on a park medel when they sit for a long time.


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Posted: 07/22/12 08:59am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would call a commercial mobile home mover to come out and pull it. They'll come with a class 8 tractor that has more than enough hitch weight capacity and pulling power to do the job and already know the ins and outs of towing an older park model that has been sitting for years, plus they have the insurance to cover anything that may go wrong. This is not a job for a private guy with a 3/4-ton pickup.


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Posted: 07/22/12 09:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bankcardrep1 wrote:

I have a 06 Chevy Duramax, 2500.

Someone asked me to tow their park model to a permanent spot.

Maybe 75 miles of intersate.

40' Trailer.

I am accustomed to pulling 28' TT and have had experince with longer.

Not concerned about my skilss as much as the truck ability to tow safely and not damage truck.


Your evidently somewhere in my vicinity....ie, the mountains....I "might" try it with my 1 ton Dodge Dually, BUT would have to see it, walk around in it and look at the tires and check air pressure, BUT, would I try it with a 3/4 ton.....nope....not anywhere around here in the Asheville area...not in the mountains....

on edit; didn't see "page 2"... Spartanburg SC going to Culowhee NC....STILL wouldn't do it with 3/4 ton truck....too much trailer and several steep grades...."wouldn't be prudent"


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Does it even have trailer brakes?

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I have a 3/4 ton Ford p?up and I moved a Park Model one block for a Guy who bought it from me. No way would I move a Park Model 75 miles !!!!!!


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No!


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Posted: 07/22/12 05:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think there is some confusion here.
A park model is simply a large TT usually around 40', that has no provisions for dry camping. They are around 8' wide. give or take a few inches. The 12' wide units that some are describing are mobile homes....A totally different class.

Since a "park model" TT lacks some of the equiptment that a standard TT has, it often will weigh less than you would think...BY no means are they light, but around 10K is not unusual. That would be within the Dmax's capabilities

If this is a used unit, is it empty? or full of belongings? This will likely be the deciding factor in whether you can/should pull it or not.
Of course all the running gear needs to be up to snuff. Brakes, tires, hitch etc. If it has been parked awhile all these things may need work.


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X2 a park model is not going to be 12 feet wide. make sure that your friend has insurance to cover it while towing make sure the brakes work and drive it appropriatly.


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