Originally Posted by never monday
I'd be concerned with a 150 doing this tow. On the central route
I80 you'll top out around 11,000ft. On I40 you'll go to 7500ft. It's a long up and a long down for a 1/2 ton truck.
It all depends on the truck. I've taken my '07 F150 all over the country with 5,000 pound derby cars on my trailer behind it, with ease. But that's a new truck, with a newer well balanced trailer with electric
brakes behind it. My grandparents pull their fifth wheel
behind their F150 from Michigan to Texas
and back every winter. They have a 2wd with the 11,700 tow kit.
What most people fail to realize is that a new 1/2 ton has more towing capacity than some 10-15 year old 3/4 and 1 tons. The drivelines (and most importantly the brakes) are leaps and bounds better on the newer trucks.
I do agree that he should have a ton of concern. Given his $$$$ situation, anything that he could buy I wouldn't feel comfortable making the trip in.
I wish I could line up the time and lock down a coast to coast'er to help you out. I'm gonna monitor
this thread, as one of the members of Project Fiji
is an expediter, and might be able to help you find someone to move this thing in the spring.