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Posted: 11/14/18 08:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

hornet28 wrote:

Lyle, have you checked to see if they there's a brake setup that would bolt on instead of changing axle out?


Easier to just change out the whole axle, then sell the old one. :-)

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You ask about trip planning? By all means get the Mountain Directory both East and West additions. It's an invaluable tool to use in planning routes with heavy rigs!! If you have never towed anything heavy, the feeling of going up a steep grade and getting the engine and transmission hot is only a minor worry compared to heading down the other side and having brakes get hot and fade out to zero or see smoke rolling out from the wheels when you do get stopped. Not to scare you but you need to read this and other forums about mountain towing. Also, mountain roads in the West have steep grades that go on for miles and miles. This gives the brakes time to get toasty hot if you don't use the gearing to help. Never ride the brakes constantly........get on and reduce speed by 10 mph and then coast in a lower gear while the brakes cool down.

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Ma'am,

I would seriously counsel you to rethink your intended plan. You have, self-admitted, no experience regarding this. In addition, you are planning to do it in a vehicle that is already loaded significantly beyond capacity. You have no training, no experience and you are using equipment ill-suited to perform the task. As a result, even before any incident might occur, you have eliminated any safety margin that might be to your advantage.

Another issue is the reality that it is not just about what you can pull; it is also most definitely about what you can stop. Even if you stick to interstates, if you travel through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, etc, you will be in an environment that can tax novice drivers even when properly equipped. Add in a system failure in an under-rated tow vehicle piloted by an inexperienced driver and the end result can be a tragedy to you and others on the road.

Please carefully reconsider your plans.


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Mountains are the reason people drive across the country from the East. But then they get there they are not ready for long steep grades.

For a short trip in flat country your truck is okay. For months on end in the mountains you are beyond your capabilities. Get a different truck or a lighter trailer.

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Planning wrote:

Ma'am,

I would seriously counsel you to rethink your intended plan. You have, self-admitted, no experience regarding this. In addition, you are planning to do it in a vehicle that is already loaded significantly beyond capacity. You have no training, no experience and you are using equipment ill-suited to perform the task. As a result, even before any incident might occur, you have eliminated any safety margin that might be to your advantage.

Another issue is the reality that it is not just about what you can pull; it is also most definitely about what you can stop. Even if you stick to interstates, if you travel through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, etc, you will be in an environment that can tax novice drivers even when properly equipped. Add in a system failure in an under-rated tow vehicle piloted by an inexperienced driver and the end result can be a tragedy to you and others on the road.

Please carefully reconsider your plans.


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Thank you, guys. I am out of country. I don’t know why I can’t use this site when I am in China. Appreciate all your suggestions. Will ask more questions when I come back to Canada. Thanks a lot. Happy new year to all of you.


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Along with issues going up and down mountain pass, wind is going to be a major item that you are not going to like.

My best advice is take the truck title along with you so you can duck into Canada to up grade the Tow Vehicle. If you have any thoughts of a larger trailer down the road then consider a 350/3500 single rear wheel vs a 250/2500.


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With all due respect, how can you not realize that the West is "full of mountains?" Nevada has 278 mountain ranges.

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ppine wrote:

With all due respect, how can you not realize that the West is "full of mountains?" Nevada has 278 mountain ranges.

If you were RVing in China, would you know where all the mountains are?
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Hello, everyone. It is really a busy year. Just come back to do a report. We did start our trip since May 25 without a detailed plan. Luckily, we have finished NB, NS, NFL, PEI, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, now we are in Toronto. Everything seems fine at this point. We enjoyed a lot. Of course a bit stressful, not because of F150, more because of no experience and no detailed plan. But so far so good. We will keep going. Since we are still on the way, may no internet to respond. But I will come back report more and post some pics in the future. Thanks again to everyone here. Thanks a lot for your advice and help.

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