I've been a GM guy most of my life, but the '01 F350 SD isn't my first, or second Ford for that matter. I used to joke the problem with Fords was they tended to break out in blue ovals and then everything turned to crap - joked and said it was "blue oval syndrome". And of course my Ford fanatic friends would all make contorted faces and sneer at me for that joke.
This week, the syndrome showed up full force.
I got the Towmaster 14K trailer last week, drove it up to the woods in a blizzard and all was dandy. Ordered up a brake controller and harness, then looked up the DMV laws about towing heavy trailers - don't need a CDL unless the combined weight is over 26,001#. We're good right? No.
My trailer hitch on the truck is rated for 12,5K with weight distribution, but only 6,000# without. Ok, need a weight distributing hitch and be mindful not to load up to the trailer's max. Wrong! DOT says tow vehicle has to be capable of pulling the load per the door tag. My door tag says 10K trailer weight, but I can put 4,5K on the truck and we're golden (10K truck, 10K trailer = 20K GCWR and all is groovy!). Well, that's too much tongue weight for my hitch. Need a new hitch. Ok...
So I order a new Curt superfabulous Commercial grade Class 5 20Klb hitch (now hitch is rated more than tow vehicle can pull). $300 just Poofed, but we're legal and all is well. Then I noticed my combination pintle/ball draw bar is only 6T. Crap!
Ordered a 10T pintle/ball drawbar for $65 (open box from Amazon, saved $20! Cool...), and while I was at it, I got a lunette ring for the trailer since the 2-5/16" coupler needs the precision of a brain surgeon to close the side-latch design. Another $40... Ugg. Oh well, it'll be much easier on me going forward.
Chain binders and chain for the tractor. Another $300 POOF! Ouch.
Got a Tekonsha P3 controller sine the P.O. took their controller with them. Another $150 POOF!
Drove home from the cabin and have this grinding noise when I'm almost stopped. Rear brake wore out the pads (I think dealer I got it from must've put a new rotor and pads on the right side but not the left, since those were practically new) and my left rotor is shot. Grrr!!!! $300 later...
I'm about to put the new rotor on and I notice a broken leaf in the rear pack on the left side. Truck has 270K on it, so it's not all that surprising (front brakes were also done this winter), and the roads up by the woods are REALLY BAD in the winter, so it's like Baja Racing. Well, Husky Spring is local to me, how bad could new Boingers be for the old gal? Oh, they won't compete with their retailers since O'Reilly's is a dealer (have to special order them) so buying direct is more expensive than buying from a dealer - I get it, I do. O'Reilly's has an extra $100 mark-up over Rock Auto and charges sales tax, but Rock Auto only charges $50 shipping. I order springs. $420 later OUCH!
The only saving grace in all of this is that I'll have peace of mind when it's said and done, and it is cheaper than the hit I'd probably take from a claim against losing the tractor at highway speeds.
My UPS guy is going to deserve a beer by Wednesday. The chain binders showed up yesterday, and the pintle hitch is supposedly being delivered tomorrow, but I kinda doubt it. My truck hitch comes Tuesday.
I've already started hitting all the bolts and nuts with Break-free.