Thanks for the thoughts. Grumpy, are the Timbrens the rubber bumper things that replace the bumpstops? I have those, but didn't know what they were called.
Blderman, I am aware of what the paper says the truck can do and appreciate your points. Mine is a cab and chassis that ford used to haul car haulers or a box to car shows and then sold it to a dealer. They finished it out as a pickup truck and sold it to my dad for use in a business. It has a higher gvw and tow rating than a standard 1-ton pickup (though not what the new trucks show, I agree with that), and the ride to go along with it
. I have upgraded the brakes, added a custom 4R100 tranny (BTS), exhaust brake, tuner (DP Tuner with custom tunes), upgraded turbo, and a few other things to help it along. I will one day own a newer truck, but can't afford the 66,000 list on one of these things. I have built this one so far with cash. Sorry to be long winded, but I wanted to relay what this truck has. So far, it has towed ford car haulers, commercial trailers, a 31 foot camper by my father, and a 41 foot Evergreen fifth wheel (17,000 lbs) from Washington to California and then back to Ohio. We then towed the Seismic from Ohio back to CA, where we are now. I am told that the air bags are more stable than what I have now and am looking into them.
Again, thank you for all the input. It is most helpful as I keep researching. If there is anything else people have done to build their trucks, I am always looking for ideas