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Pulling a BIG 5th wheel with a SRW F-350

I am new to this site but was reading some things and notices that Senix is pulling a 40' fifth wheel with an F-250. I just totaled my 2011 F-250 on January 21st and am waiting for the insurance company to make good on it but I bought a 40' 5th wheel toy hauler the day before I totaled the truck and never got to pick it up. I am having the trailer delivered now and wanted to know how your F-250 pulls that 40' trailer long distances. The one I bought has 3 axels. I would love ANY advice on hauling that trailer with a SRW truck because the work I do makes a dually a poor option for me. I am planning on replacing the kingpin on the fifth wheel to move the pivot point back so I can make 90 degree turns. What else!!?? Thanks
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I am planning on ordering a 2012 SRW F-350 with a 6.7 as soon as I get my money. FYI
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How much does the trailer weigh?
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I think you would be ok. Get some good E range tires and I know there's aftermarket sway bars that would help a lot. I had an old 79 gmc 3/4 Ton pickup that I used to pull with every day I was well over 18,000lbs ( Trailer and materials ) and I did that for years without a problem. The fifth wheel would probably track nicer than mine lol.
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Looks like you should be ok with it. If you have power issues then you might need to invest in a chip but other than that you should be ok
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What's the pin weight? (both loaded and unloaded) That's really the most important factor here. The 6.7 will pull the load no problem, it's just a matter of whether the pin weight will put the truck over GVWR, axle ratings, or tire capacities.
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Axel ratio is 3.55 electronic locking axel. Hitch weight 2373
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I don't think that should be any problem at all. You would have to get the truck on a scale to get exact weights, but that should still leave you with well over 1000 lbs for passengers and other stuff before hitting GVWR. Just make sure you aren't overloading the tires. Many people would still recommend a DRW mainly for the extra stability, but it's not an absolute must.
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I just can't do a dually but that's my concern. I've heard they reduce trailer wag. Anybody on here have any experience with the sidewinder turret style fifth wheel?
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I pulled a 40' Carriage 3 axle that weighed in at 21,xxx and my SRW 2002 F-350 7.3 moved it with no problems. All over the nation, the only complaint I ever had was the Ford brake system, but they have vastly improved that issue. Like was said, the main thing to watch is the tires. I only used E-Rated Michelins. You might also look into installing the Firestone Airbag system for a little more stability. I have it on my 2008 F-250 and it really helps.

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I'm planning on the airbags. Would a new F-350 come with E rated tires?? Those 20" tired are EXPENSIVE.
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