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dustinhuck08
12-23-2009, 11:09 AM
I have a 98 Chevy S-10 4 cyl 2 wheel drive truck. I am wanting to expand my business from the few customers that I already have. Being that I am in school I really dont want to get a bigger truck and lose the gas mileage I am getting. I am looking at getting a 6 x 10 trailer or a 6 x 12 the trailers I am looking at are around 1000 lbs in weight. If everything goes well this summer then I would like to upgrade the truck but I am not willing to make the sacrifice now for a bigger truck. I have a husqvarna walk behind and a push mower which combined probably weigh about 500 lbs.. The tongue weight for my bumper is rated for 2000 lbs. So my question is can i pull this with my (mini) truck:weightlifter: or should I just get a 5 x 8 and weight til summer to upgrade. Also, I found a single axle 6 x 12 trailer with weedeater racks spare tire and a box and it has a ramp on the back for $900 from looking around dosent sound like a bad deal let me know what you think. Any and all information is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

KrayzKajun
12-23-2009, 11:40 AM
you will have no problem pulling the weight. the problem is stopping it!

Grass Shark
12-23-2009, 12:18 PM
Trailer brakes? Go with the 5x8 if not. Even with trailer brakes that 6 x trailer will yank the rear of that truck all over the place

dustinhuck08
12-23-2009, 12:24 PM
Nope there is no trailer brakes. Thanks

White Gardens
12-23-2009, 12:38 PM
Go smaller if possible. I would try to preserve the S-10 until you can get a bigger truck to pull equipment. Then you can use the S-10 for gopher purposes and save on fuel.

SchnabelLawnCare
12-23-2009, 11:30 PM
I also have a 98 s10 2wd 4 cylinder! So far I have recently acquired a 5x10 open trailer and have taken a 36" scag and I felt the increased braking distance. How ever, I plan to tow 2 walk behinds on the trailer (which is so light you can move it with your hands btw) and put the handhelds in the truck bed.

unkownfl
12-23-2009, 11:37 PM
You can easily pull that. The tongue weight is more like 350 max with a class 2 and a class 3 is 500 normally. The max trailer weight is 2000lbs. The stopping distance will increase but even behind a 1/2 ton it would increase. My dad use to tow his 21ft open fishermen behind a ranger never had a problem. He use to pull out his buddy's 25ft open fishermen sometimes to because he had a 2wd. The ranger was like a 83 4 cylinder with a 5spd rare to find in 4x4.

LindblomRJ
12-24-2009, 03:51 AM
Tow capacity of the 98 S10 is 3500 pounds. Trailer brakes would be something to consider. But yes it is possible as long as you don't exceed the weight of 3500 with trailer and equipment.

SchnabelLawnCare
12-24-2009, 01:06 PM
Tow capacity of the 98 S10 is 3500 pounds. Trailer brakes would be something to consider. But yes it is possible as long as you don't exceed the weight of 3500 with trailer and equipment.

I think on mine it is actually 3000. If it is a manual it may only be 2000.

STIHL GUY
12-24-2009, 01:15 PM
you should be fine just make sure you start slowing down early and anticipate your stops

MAD87
12-24-2009, 02:43 PM
I have an 06 Mazda 4 cylinder/5spd, with max towing capacity of 1600lbs. My 6x10 trailer weighs 600 pounds and my 60" Lazer Z weighs exactly 1000 pounds, and I don't have any problem. I don't know if you travel in hilly areas like I do, but mine does pretty well. As long as you respect the weight you are pulling and don't drive like a maniac:), you shouldn't have any problems. However, don't go over the max towing capacity or you will get nailed! Also, make sure you balance the weight appropriately on the trailer. I put my back tires directly above the trailer axle (with the mower facing forward of course), which gives adequate tongue weight but not too much. Hope that helps!

dustinhuck08
12-24-2009, 04:40 PM
thanks for all the responses

LindblomRJ
12-25-2009, 02:41 AM
I think on mine it is actually 3000. If it is a manual it may only be 2000.

My 96 2.2 with Auto... (worthless) was 2K and I think manual was 3000 but they updated the body and interior along with capacities in 98 and both were set at 3500 if I recall.

Might be worthwhile to check the owners manual.