*"T’was the dark ‘o’ the moon,
on the sixth of June,
in a Kenworth haulin’ logs.
Cab over a Pete with reefer on,
and a Jimmy haulin’ hogs.
I was headed for bear on I-one-oh,
'bout a mile outta Shakeytown.
I said ‘Pig Pen this here’s the Rubber Duck,
and I’m about ta put th’ hammer down . . ."*
Just over a year ago, I hauled 13,560 lbs of my truck, my trailer, and most of my worldly posessions from Montana, through Jersey, down here to Georgia. I’ve got a V8 F-150 with a Class III suspension, and I’m darn glad I spent the money for a ‘heavier’ truck.
The one piece of advice when either you’re starting out or doing it to move: slower speeds are your life!. For me, it’s all in the style of how you’re driving. Taking it easy and gentle around curves will save your load from shifting and be much easier on your suspension and engine. Let gravity slow you down instead of using the brakes. In other words, drive like your grandmother. Control, control, control! And learn to “read” traffic and the road conditions.
Smaller may be better, but if you’re travelling 10+ MPH over and can’t stop, it ain’t gonna matter anyway.