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Deleted from Earl's thread and moved here. 2002 F-350 Regular cab dually 7.3L Diesel.  24 ft tag. The truck has a goose neck hitch installed in the bed, and sometimes I think I'd like to have a 34-36 foot enclosed goose neck trailer, but it probably won't happen.

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Come on I thought you all were old car guys! Let’s see some classic tow trucks!

66 F250 4x4 

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Here is our set up, the photo was taken in Jasper National Park, Alberta on the way back from picking up our newly acquired 1920 model 'T' from the Kamloops, British Columbia area a few weeks ago. 2000 km round trip. Ya, the Dodge has a Hemi, plenty of power but it's a little thirsty.

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In our experience there has never been a better tow vehicle built than the Ram 2500 or 3500 Diesel. We are on our 4th. I drove my '99 270,000 miles basically trouble free. I only replaced it after I had knee replacement surgery and had trouble pressing the clutch. My current model,  a 2004,  shows 180,000 miles and still runs strong. Pulling a 24' trailer with a heavy antique onboard it averages 13-14 mpg. 17 or better when running empty.  One problem, you have to keep in mind that there is a trailer behind you. It is easy to forget it's there and I mean that sincerely. The Cummins is amazing. Now we mostly tow with Son's 2011 Ram 3500 Dually Cummins. Tremendous power but less fuel economy, around 10 mpg when towing.  Both my 2004 and Son's 2011 are automatics and so far no problems after at least 100,000 miles towing.

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14 hours ago, Bhigdog said:

 I worry more about trailer tires than I do the truck.

 


Bob,  this is the part of the thread where Ed Minnie jumps in and gives a dissertation on trailer tires.    He's going to say that:

 

1.  You need to be running the heavy axles with 16 inch wheels.

 

2.  Buy the commercial tires  (Ed what brand?)

 

 

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Sailun Brand trailer tires......16 inch. Best trailer tire in the world.

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I only ever pull a rusty car hauler. Been working on my soon to be tow rig: 75 Lincoln Mark IV. 460 with 4 wheel disc brakes. Wonder what kind of gas mileage that's gonna be?

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2 hours ago, edinmass said:

Sailun Brand trailer tires......16 inch. Best trailer tire in the world.

 

Maybe someday Sailun will make 15 inch tires for those of use that need them.

 

Until then I guess I will keep buying Maxxis Trailer Tires. 

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For the last several years I've used my F-150 to haul my antiques to fairly local car events.

 

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Here's mine. A 2007 Chevy 2500HD with the 6.0 and 6 speed trans. I pull my 7' x 16' box trailer and my 5'x 10' dump trailer. It has 122,000 on the clock.

 

 

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On 5/16/2019 at 8:12 PM, Modeleh said:

Come on I thought you all were old car guys! Let’s see some classic tow trucks!

66 F250 4x4 

 

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I'm the last one to agree with anything Ford but I have to say, I love your thinking. Very cool 

 

What's the tow capacity on a 66 F250 4x4 (just curious) ? 

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I rely on the old mans x5 50d - about the only not totally agricultural thing you can buy here that has the towing capacity to take the 22 cadillac(it's something like 4200lbs) we don't get any of the pickup options at all so it's pretty much a hilux or ranger with nice markup.....

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On 5/18/2019 at 11:28 AM, 30DodgePanel said:

 

 

I'm the last one to agree with anything Ford but I have to say, I love your thinking. Very cool 

 

What's the tow capacity on a 66 F250 4x4 (just curious) ? 

Factory GCVW ratings are a little hard to find for the old trucks but my trailer is only a 10kGVW.  My Lincoln is 5500lbs and that’s about the heaviest I’ve towed. The truck handles it no problem it’s got a 390 4spd 4.56 gears and a Gear Vendors overdrive and air bags in the rear for load leveling.

 I agree with the other comments on the Cummins engines.  I don’t like to use my 66 in the winter, the brine they use on the roads is just too hard on things plus the single wall box means I have to be super careful if I haul firewood with it.

 I found a nice 78 F250 4x4 and am installing the power train from a 96 Ram 12valve Cummins 5spd to relieve the 66 of any winter duties that come up.

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Evidently late to the party but have yet to find anything my Jeep has trouble with and it is a 6. Wave rented double axle trailers and car haulers from U-Haul andpulls a 2720 TrailManor like isn't there. True I am usually a gear down and 500 rpm higher than V8s but is just its nature. 17-18 with trailer and 23-24 without on 87 PON

 

Like to say I have a DOHC-6 with 5 speed, 4 wheel disks, all independent suspension, front and rear sway bars, and that's my tow car.

 

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In the past I have used my uncle's 2010 F250 with a diesel in it (not sure which one) to haul our open trailer and either the Pierce or the Rickenbacker.

Used my late father's F150 to haul the Pierce all the way to Oregon in 2006 and it struggled at times.

 

I've been mulling over picking up a F450 or F550 for towing duties since they are priced about the same as the F250 on the used market.

I would also like to upgrade to an enclosed trailer.  Don't like having the car out in the open especially when doing overnight trips.

Main things I am worried about are the registration and weight fees here in Calif.

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Can I add work truck to this topic? I’m a carpenter by trade and do historic restorations in the Pasadena area.

67 GMC 3/4 ton truck I’ve owned for 18 years. Drive it daily. Had a 351 V6 then I swapped in a SBC. Then an LS motor to keep the gas mileage down and relatively low maintenance. It has PS AC leather buddy seats. Fuel tank out back. Disc brakes up front. Modified to keep it reliable, dependable and fun to drive. I absolutely love this truck. It even appeared in a McDonalds commercial years ago! 

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In my case, a 2009 Ford F-350 Lariat dually with crew cab and long bed. Long wheelbases are one of the keys to stability in towing, as are the dual rear wheels. It has the V-10 with 457 foot-pounds of torque. Not as powerful as the diesels, but not nearly the maintenance headaches either, and it's really smooth and quiet. I've put 100,000 miles on it now and the only big repair was an air conditioning control valve under the dash. I'm pulling a 28-foot Featherlite enclosed trailer, hauling cars up to 6,000 pounds in weight. 

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2 hours ago, Pancho's ride said:

Can I add work truck to this topic? I’m a carpenter by trade and do historic restorations in the Pasadena area.

67 GMC 3/4 ton truck I’ve owned for 18 years. Drive it daily. 

 

Yes now we’re talkin’! Nice truck!  They can do a lot more than just look good!

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8 hours ago, Modeleh said:

Yes now we’re talkin’! Nice truck!  They can do a lot more than just look good!

Thank you buddy! 

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I found this 1955 Dodge postal van and couldn’t resist bringing it home. I don’t think many have survived, internet research shows very few examples, maybe less than a hundred remain?  Supposedly USPS ordered 3000 but it’s unclear how many were actually built.  The coach work was done by Fageol. It is right hand drive with a stepped down frame so it can be driven standing up.  It has a corrugated roll up door in the rear. I will be installing a slant six and automatic.  It originally would have had a Flathead six with an automatic but the powertrain was gone.

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From 1990 to 1996 I towed with a 30 ft Airstream, 454 with Banks Modifications and Gear Vendor.  Great tow vehicle and you never had to sleep in a bed that provided DNA evidence last week.  1996 to 2007 i switched to a 12 valve Dodge 3500 with five speed and a few mods.  Still sitting in storage with 220K.  A skying incident on the late 80's finally caught up to my left leg forcing a switch to Automatic.  Currently using a 07 Chevy 3500 with Duramax/Allison at 105K.  It's NOT  a Cummins and has left me in "Limp Home mode" multiple time until I installed the FASS system.  No problems the last 20K

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