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Volvo 17K lb backhoe behind my F350, prtty sure everything is legal... comments?

Discussion in 'Equipment Moving Questions' started by kaybee1, May 24, 2016.

  1. kaybee1

    kaybee1 New Member

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    20160522_215733.jpg Hey guys,

    I just bought a used Volvo BL60 backhoe. I put it in my Big Tex with the bucket up on the neck-deck.

    Spec's on everything are as follows:

    Truck - 2016 F350 GCVWR: 35,000
    Truck gooseneck capacity: 26,500
    Trailer - BigTex 25DU GVWR: 25,900
    Trailer payload capacity: 17,900
    Backhoe weight: 16,975

    Everything is chained down and secured except the backhoe. It will not fit in the trailer without overloading the gooseneck. It has to sit this way to balance the load. If I chain the bucket to the outside of the trailer and flag it, am I ok? Any other concerns with this rig? I'm pushing the limits of everything to the max but I'm still within operating limits on the equipment. I"m aware of the CDL requirements, thats in the works as well. Working on a Class A with air brake restrictions.

    ~K
     
  2. kaybee1

    kaybee1 New Member

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    Sorry guys... not really sure what happened here. The picture is right side up everywhere but in this post. Anyone know how to edit a post? I'm either missing it or are not permitted.
     
  3. Brandt

    Brandt Well-Known Member

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    That's a lot of weight for a P/U even if it is "rated" for it. Hope your electric brakes are of ample size and rating. I would highly recommend a pyrometer and trans temp (if an auto trans). A boost gauge wouldn't be a bad idea either. When climbing the hills of New England, don't be in a hurry to get up the hill. Keep your EGTs below 1200 and your boost 2-3 psi off of max. The 2-3 psi from max will greatly improve fuel efficiency, but you will get up the hill slower. If you EGTs start to climb, drop a gear and bring the rpm's up, this should cool things down.
    Due to the strain that you will be putting on the F-350, I would recommend synthetic oils in your entire drive line, Amsoil or Royal Purple.

    Any easy way out would be to buy a 90's class 8 truck that has been singled up (only 1 drive axle), and pull it with that. A buddy just bought a 92 Freightliner for $5500. Something like that will get better fuel mileage than the F350, and you're not even working it hard.

    If the boom/bucket are 4' past the tail lights it has to be flagged. The chaining part I don't know, but it wouldn't hurt.
     
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  4. wilko

    wilko Senior Member

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    Well, I see you rolled it already. Guess it wasn't a good idea.
     
  5. Hysert

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    Up here in ontario are MTO ministry of transportation, requires the hoe bucket to be chained down on the trailer aswell as the loader bucket! I've been down this road, even with the boom and swing lock engage it's law up here!!