Thanks in great part to
comprehensive help from Mr. Truck, I am now the owner of a 2000 F-250
SuperDuty with auto tranny, V-10 and 3.73 gears. I bought the truck to pull
an aluminum 3-horse trailer. Fully loaded, my trailer weighs in at about
Last week we put the rig to the test on a trail-riding vacation to
central Indiana. Encountered a few hills, some good highways and several
winding country roads. At one point, I turned to my wife and said, "Honey,
the only reason I am passing these cars is because I can!" Couldn't wipe the
smile off my face! This baby pulls and then some.
Two points that I'm sure you've read on the web site. First, the heavy
duty trucks are meant to be loaded down. They drive better loaded down than
empty. I whole-heartedly agree! Empty, this truck sort of bounces around on
a rough highway. Pulling the loaded trailer, we were rock solid. The ride
really smoothed out. The second point you would have to search for, but Mr.
Truck makes this very clear, too. When you install a gooseneck hitch in the
truck bed, locate it 2-4" in front of the rear axle, not in line with the
axle. My old truck had the hitch right over the axle. So, I didn't know
anything else. Well, in this truck, I did as Mr. Truck suggested, actually
put it 4-1/2" in front of the axle. IMHO, this really stabilizes the load.
The truck is not front-end light. Steering is improved and the suspension is
being used as intended. I would add that if you look inside the driver's
door and find the recommended air pressure for your tires, you might be
surprised to learn that many of these trucks recommend 55# in the front
tires and 70# in the rear. Go ahead and try that and I think you'll like it.
I sure do. Helps with steering and the ride.
All in all, this truck will certainly do what I want it to do, as I was
led to believe it would. Two thumbs up for the F-250 and for Mr. Truck's