View Full Version : Anyone towing enclosed with halfton??

01-02-2006, 04:55 AM
Just wondering if anyone is towing an enclosed trailer with a 1/2 ton pickup, im rated at 8100#'s, but is it worth getting close to my gvwr. I need an enclosed because
A. I dont have a garage, and cant justify the money for a storage building
B. Its nice to be able to lock everything up at night
C. No problems when it rains.
D. i can also use it for other things, like moving, camping, 4 wheeling. etc.

I guess is what i need to figure out is how heavy the gear will be. looking at
1. toro z 46inch or bigger
2. 2 trimmers
3. 2 blowers
4. edger
5. 2 walk behind 21in

01-02-2006, 07:21 AM
You should be alright with a 6x12 or any single axle enclosed. With the equipment you listed you may have roughly 1500lbs in gear. Make sure you get a good sized tranny cooler. I would love to get an enclosed just for the reasons you listed, but I have too much equipment for even a 12 or 14 footer and I think a 16 ft. would be a little too heavy with the equip. Also look into a set of trailer brakes, I know my 6.5x12 open trailer fully loaded is sometimes tough to slow down especially when stopping quick.

01-02-2006, 08:10 AM
i tow my boat with ease, and its dry weight is 5000#'s. With gas and gear probably around 6000. It is a tandem axel with surge breaks, never have had a problem stopping, just dont drive so fast i guess. Im mainly interested in a 8' x 20' enclosed. They are about 3500 dry, with gear around 5000#s or so.

Az Gardener
01-02-2006, 10:07 AM
I have 2 enclosed trailers a 6x10 that we pull with a Ford f-150 no problems and a 8x16 that we pull with a Chevy 2500 no problems. I have pulled the 16 with the F-150 in emergency situations and its no fun but it works, it just is very slow which I don't understand because they both have 8 cylinder engines, both are small block, the Chevy must have better gearing is all I can figure out. I would think a tandem axle would be better to take the weight off the tongue, at the very least give some thought to loading placement to balance the trailer.

Tyner Lawn Service
01-02-2006, 10:22 AM
Had a friend who pulled a 20ft enclosed tandem that hauled a sprint car to the races with a 1997 F150 ext cab long box with a 4.6 and really had no real problems or sagging as long as you use load levelers. I drove a 1983 half ton Chevy single cab with a 305 and 150,000miles on it in 1990 to Arizona pulling a UHaul tandem 12ft way over loaded and made it. But I like 3/4 and 1 tons better for the job.

01-02-2006, 05:05 PM
I have a silverado 1500 with the 5.3(I think), anyways, I thought I was going to need to get electric brakes with my 6x12, but the trailer guys said I didnt need it. I figured I would be back there in a couple weeks need to get the brakes.

I was wrong, my truck is rated at almost 295hp and I barely can fee the trailer behind me. Also I zero problems stopping.

01-02-2006, 06:22 PM
im already set up for electric brakes, not really gonna worry about it, im gonna look at both the haulmark 18 and 20 footers.

01-03-2006, 12:59 AM
I have a 7 X 16 tandem enclosed, and my 1500 pulls it fine. Its an 04 GMC Sierra Z-71 with a 5.3. I have a 50" DC, 48" Lesco WB, 2 push mowers, 3 trimmers, 2 backpacks, handheld blower and an assortment of tools and other things. At times i would like to have a 2500, but the 1500 burns enough fuel the way it is.
I will get a 2500 the next time, especially if i put a plow on.


South Florida Lawns
01-03-2006, 06:30 PM
This is my setup:

1500 with V6 4800lb towing

14x7 enclosed trailer

3 mowers, 1 44'' ZTR 1 32" wb and a 21"

It will pull it with no problem, just slow as all getout.

Suprisingly, she does not sag in the rear at all, sits level.

01-03-2006, 07:44 PM
F150 5.4 373 rear end.
No problems with 7x16.