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Lexx wrote:

We tow an 11k lb GVW fiver with our F450. The truck makes towing the fiver pretty easy.

We were coming back from Salt Lake City to NorCal via I-80 in heavy cross and headwinds. Semis were being moved about in their lanes. Sprinter vans were being blown half a lane over. But we had no issues at all other than poor fuel mileage due to fighting the heavy winds.

At one point we saw over half a dozen dust devils around us. We must have traveled through one because I felt a sudden sharp jolt that felt like it wanted to move us over to the next lane. But we never did move. The truck and trailer were rock solid. At that point I was VERY thankful to be in our F450.


Your story is an excellent reason for more truck than needed.

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Anyone ever figure what was an HT Trailer?

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HT = Half Ton, also called Lite models.

Basically he wonders if using too much truck to pull one is an issue.

I think it can be an issue, with a rough ride and a lot of bouncing a lightweight trailer frame. Not ideal, but not necessarily a deal breaker either. His target of 32' is on the heavy end of the HT line.


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bpounds wrote:

HT = Half Ton, also called Lite models.

Basically he wonders if using too much truck to pull one is an issue.

I think it can be an issue, with a rough ride and a lot of bouncing a lightweight trailer frame. Not ideal, but not necessarily a deal breaker either. His target of 32' is on the heavy end of the HT line.
We're assuming that, but not everyone assigns acronyms the same meaning. Which is one of the reasons to spell things out.


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fj12ryder wrote:

We're assuming that, but not everyone assigns acronyms the same meaning. Which is one of the reasons to spell things out.


dpam wrote:

...HT 5th wheels with a pin weight of approximately 1300 lbs and dry weight of 8,000 to 9,000 lbs...


That ^ part of his question clarified it in my mind.

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Yeah, kind of, but really an 11,000 lb. 5th wheel may be half-ton towable, but it's got to be toward the top end of the scale.

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That 3500 will pull your house off of the foundation if you have enough chain.

Limit your search to GVW under 14,000 pounds and have fun.


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what if HT = Horse Trailer?
-or- maybe it was a typo and should have been HR? -or- HTT?

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troubledwaters wrote:

what if HT = Horse Trailer?
-or- maybe it was a typo and should have been HR? -or- HTT?
We'll probably never know since the OP has never returned...like so many before him.

Why do people ask questions and never have the decency to at least the acknowledge the answers from all the people who replied? How tough is that?

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fj12ryder wrote:

troubledwaters wrote:

what if HT = Horse Trailer?
-or- maybe it was a typo and should have been HR? -or- HTT?
We'll probably never know since the OP has never returned...like so many before him.

Why do people ask questions and never have the decency to at least the acknowledge the answers from all the people who replied? How tough is that?

Careful. I said the same thing in this thread and my post was deleted.

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