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 8,300#.

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 advice!