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What gas trucks can pull a 20 foot enclosed trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by cimkill, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. RSNovi

    RSNovi LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 46

    I found that the Equalizer load leveling trailer hitches work quite well.

    I used to pull a 26' race trailer with a 2000 F150 5.4L before I got a F250 diesel. It pulled about as hard unloaded as it did loaded due to the wind drag. It wasn't fun going on the expressway and made it quite stressful just because the weight of the trailer pulled the truck around. A semi passing would about put me in the other lane.

    For everyday I would go at least a 3/4 ton.
  2. Dually00-00

    Dually00-00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

  3. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,445

    I did an experiment a few years back with a new truck purchase. In 2008 dodge was offering a lifetime powertrain warranty on the 1500's but not on the 2500's and up so we bought an '08 ram 1500 regular cab shortbed 4x4 with the 310hp 4.7, auto, towing package 4x4 etc for over $10,000 less than a comparable 2500-3500 with the hemi and hooked it up to a 20ft carmate (heavy) enclosed trailer with 2 60 inch ztr's and all associated small equipment/tools. Trailer was loaded properly and the truck had a top quality brake controller, rear helpers, and a curtis plow frame out front that added some weight to the steer tires. That thing towed beautifully for 60,000 miles (not all towing) and plowed in the winter with a heavy duty curtis 7.5ft plow. Replaced both tie rod ends and the original brake pads at around 50,000. Engine, trans, transfer case, rears, ball joints all were perfect. I still can't believe how well the thing held up. Traded it in far around $5000 less than the original purchase price last fall because values were so low when we bought and skyrocketed last year.

    If I could do it again I would...

    That said we have a couple cummins trucks and a 7.3 ford and have switched to buying used 3/4 and 1 ton trucks for less depreciation
  4. TuffTurfLawnCare

    TuffTurfLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 667

    He meant REAL heavy/medium duty trucks. CDL, greater than 26000lb, air brake trucks. Not the "HD" one ton trucks. Medium duty would include single and tandem axle dumps, large box trucks, etc. Heavy duty would be tri axles, tractors, etc.
  5. Fawcett

    Fawcett LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    I've been hauling my 6x10 enclosed trailer with my 2012 F350 6.2 gasser reg cab/long bed with dump insert for about two years now. I am looking to get a 8.5x20 so that I can haul two Walkers, the 36inch Scag, push blower, backpack blowers, trimmers, fuel etc.

    I think my truck will get the job done but I would love to take on the task with a diesel F450/550 dump truck.
    As is now, I don't get great mpg's while hauling the 6x10 with a single Walker and all the other stuff. We make lots of stops and starts, the set up gets about 10.5-11mpg's around town.

    Empty with no dump insert and not hauling anything the truck would get me around 13/15mpg's between city & highway driving.

    I am considering upgrading to a bigger truck next year, this year has to treat me well first through!

    FYI: I liked the mpg's I got with my 03' Reg Cab/Long Bed Silverado 5.3 4x4. The transmission started to get sloppy when it hit 125,000miles and the suspension would drag ass nearly everywhere. Throw a couple yards of mulch in the bed with the trailer hooked up and it was anything but safe or professional looking. The stopping distance was dangerous. Now with the F350 I can throw 3yards of soaked loam in the bed-hook the trailer up and have no issues. It was the right move to make.

    If I could do it over again, I would go with a dually rear set up to spread out tire wear.

    Good luck hunting!
  6. cimkill

    cimkill LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    Wow guys I am sorry about not responding to all the rest of the posts thought this thread was dead. I am about to purchase a trailer this week coming and started another thread about enclosedtrailersforless.com located in Fitzgerald Georgia. Anyway back to updating info I have since bought a 2003 chevy Silverado 2500 6.0 liter and its a monster. I love that truck and we cant feel the two ztr's on the trailer we are currently pulling. I am now actually purchasing 2 hustler superz hd's 72" and shipping them down on a 24x8.5 trailer I am ordering from the above company. Any feedback on this company would be nice looked them up on bbb and cant find them. The gear ratio on the 2500 is a 4.11. so its perfect for towing. I almost bought a 1999 chevy 3500 dually last week but it was diesel so I didn't buy it cause I convert all my mowers and trucks to propane due to cost down here. Any suggestions will be appreciated or feedback on this trailer company please.
  7. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 44,498

    Can't say much about the 6.0 as I've never owned one but my 8.1 doesn't miss a beat ever. Have hauled around 10,000 pounds and barely struggled!
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  8. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,130

    those 6.0's are workhorses, you won't be disappointed. as mentioned they are thirsty, but what motor isn't pulling a 20' enclosed. it can handle the day to day stresses of towing much better than a 1/2 ton, and while you wont win any races with it, it should provide you with many years of reliable service
  9. cimkill

    cimkill LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    Thank you kawakx, I love my 2500 Silverado even thought its old. I went with diamond cargo instead, and am waiting for it to arrive down here in Belize should be here next week, with my new mowers. Thank you will let you know how she pulls the big trailer fully loaded.
  10. cncnag

    cncnag LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Some half tons do very well. My 2010 f150 4x4 crew cab has pulled some heavy weight nicely. Trailer was steel 8.5x20x7' enclosed interior and had a 1700lb sxs plus a 4 seat golf cart, full coolers, tools, gear, 5 adults. Its rated to tow up to 10,500 pounds. To be fair it does have the max tow pack(5.4L, 410 rear, tranny cooler, built in trailer brake controller, sway control, telescoping mirrors, etc). Not as nice as using my 1 ton or 3/4 ford diesels of course but I was very pleasantly surprised.

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