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OK. I have a 29 ft tanzer on the hard in chicago. I live in southwest Ontario. , some 350 miles east. On Friday, it will be lowered onto my new trailer. I plan on towing it with a 1997 f250. the tanzer is rumoured to weigh around 7200#s dry. I may have as much as a full tank of fuel and water in her, so i'll just say 7500 for the sake of argument. the trailer should be under 1500#s. it has 3 axles. with 2 tires per axle. I am fairly confident in the trailer's ability.
my question is, do you think a 3/4 ton truck can haul this load reliably?
this is the first time i have ever hauled anything this large/heavy
any words of advice?
my permits are on their way.
 

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It sounds like you're set!

The 250 will be fine. Stopping is the only issue . . . even with good trailer brakes. Keep a huge distance in front and if the roads are slick stay off! Get a room. I know too well . . .

Man that's a lot of wheels! you're are definitely well equipped trailer wise.

Nice job!
 

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Since it's primarily flat, you might make it, but you'll put about a year or more worth of wear on the truck. I'd want at least a one ton dually for that job. Also, if that's a fixed keel boat, you're talking a fairly high center of gravity behind you, as well as stopping all that weight. Assuming you go across the Indiana toll road to I-69 and through at Sarina, you've got a fairly straight forward trip once you're out of Chicago.

I would certainly, at a minimum, drain the fuel into jerrycans and dump the water.
 

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F250 should handle the load very well.

Towed some pretty heavy boats with smaller vehicles, a 26ft IO with a bronco2, and I've moved the ariel with my explorer.
Decent brakes on the truck and trailer make it easy, loading the truck will help a great deal, move what you can from boat to truck. Wouldn't take either boat/truck combo on the freeway, and stayed away from high-traffic areas, but it can be done.

IF you decide against the pull, try talking to a mobile home setup company, they are well equipped for moving trailers, worked for one up in ceder springs and we moved boats all the time, one I remember was a 55 foot steel hulled river queen houseboat, huge load going down the road. If you have the permits, it'll save you a bit of cash, most setup companies charge like triple for the permits.

Ken.
 

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Count on the trip taking at least half again as long as the same drive without the tow... You'll really need to be concious of any hills, corners, and as Bob T said, lousy driving conditions.

Even if things feel fine as you're driving along avoid the temptation to speed up... stay in the slow lane, tap her light and get home in one piece!

Best of luck
 

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hello, jeff here. you can find out your trailer weight by taking it to weight scales, most times if you simply ask politely they will weight it for you. on your trailer registration you should have info about capacity. if not there try the manufacture tag. 3 axels are great if they are rated at the weight you are gonna pull for ex. 3 axels at 3500# = 10500 subtract the weight of your trailer (3 axel bumperpull could be up to and more than 2000#s) 3 axels at 7000 each makes it much greater capacity. so just do your math. some trucks have tire min sizes to handle the loads check the truck manufacture sticker.....last but not least if your not sure just contact the dot and ask what their requirements are. hmmmm one more thing you might want to consider is checking the bearings before you go as they are no fun to replace while your boat is loaded....i take a complete new set including seal with me when i pull mine.
 

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Think stoping!!

You can control how fast you accelerate and turn but if something causes you to stop fast what is going to happen?

Will the mast shoot foward like a spear?

Will the boat slide foward on the trailer?

What about the contents?

Rick
 

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Since I hate to edit---

After about 10 miles check for hot tires or hubs and every thing else that may have changed since you started.

Rick
 

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I don't think you will have any problem at all, as long as the boat is loaded so that the trailer takes the bulk of the weight leaving only about 500-1000lbs tongue weight on the hitch (you do have a good hitch rated for this load, right?). Have them shift the boat back if it looks like the truck is squatting too much in the stern. I used to make several trips per year from WA to California with a 3/4 ton Dodge and a three axle trailer with a gross weight of 22,000. You should be under 15,000. The key is getting it balanced correctly so it doesn't affect your steering too much. With the three axles with brakes you won't have any trouble stopping, adjust your trailer brake control by testing it before you get on the highway(if electric brakes). Good luck, take it easy, you'll be fine. Good advice above about checking temp on tires and axle hubs. You'll be stopping often for fuel.
 

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I've pulled my 8000#sailboat and trailer with a Ford 250 with a diesel engine, from Baltimore to Illinois with no problem. I also trailered it from Florida to Illinois with a F350 5.4L gas engine pickup. I have dual hydraulic brakes on the trailer. The rig stops just fine. Make sure your hitch is rated for 10,000# or more. Also make sure the tow bar and ball are rated that high. An RV dealer can help with the right set-up.
 

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I'd bet the boat will weight a lot more than 7500 lbs. Water is 8 lbs/gal & gas is about 5 lb / gal. Plus anything else that is on the boat adds up.

I towed a 10,000 lb rig all over Michigan & Ontario with a 3/4 ton van. Make sure you have a hitch rated for the full load, make sure you do not have too much tongue weight nor too little and DO NOT use a weight distribution hitch with surge brakes! I almost had a major wreck with that setup.

Leave yourself plenty of room & don't be in a hurry.
 

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Is this F250 rated for a class 4 tow hitch or higher, perhaps class 5 considering the weight you are towing? Does Ont.or Ill. have any laws pertaining to vehicle towing limits? It takes a fair amount of truck to tow the load you have specified and it should be rated for such or risk a fine and invalidated insurance coverage if in an accident. A long wheelbase (136"+)would also be helpful. Be sure you are legal.
 

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Looks like you're good to go. I did a huge trip from Vancouver, BC to Oakville, Ontario about 15 years ago...tandem trailer with electric brakes set with the braking system on the vehicle (Full size Jeep Grand Wagoneer, 360 V8) Stopped about every 10 minutes for about an hour out of Vancouver just to check the wheels, hubs, and re-securing all gear in place for the long haul. All went extremely well right across the country. Took 5 days of continuous travelling, sleeping on board and the scenery was fantastic.
So, Enjoy...you'll never regret or disappoint yourself! We're still with "Nazdrowie" after all these years.
Domer.
 

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Thanks for all your help guys.
I brought it home Friday from chicago with narry a whimper out of truck or trailer. 350miles with the f250. I have whole new respect for the ford badge. And the homebuilt tri-axle trailer was effortless to pull. Took 3 tries with the travelift , but we got the tongue weight just right.
made for a long day though.4 wide load permits later.... it's a big relief to get her home safe.
 

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Well done!!
 
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