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DitchDr
10-11-2010, 11:46 PM
Ok so 3 months ago I got this idea to try and save some fuel on a daily basis.

Well i did not want to sell my trucks and get smaller ones, nor did I want to go throwing a lot of money in 10 different directions trying to figure it out.

With that in mind I took one of my 8x12 trailers off the road and replaced it with a 8x5 . It took some trial and error but we got a ZTR and 32in WB 2 fs80, 2 fc75's 2 BR600's a 5 gallon fuel can a 2.5 gallon fuel can 5 pound spool of trimmer line on it.

Well the 3 month results are in, looking at a 7% decrease in fuel consumption on that truck vs the twin of it with the larger trailer. Never once did my crew not have what they needed, or did they jack knife it backing up do to shorter wheel base. It took them 2 days to get use to the smaller trailer, but now they said the like it much better then the larger one.

So looks like were gonna run the 5x8 trailers as our res rigs and sell the 12 footers off. We still use a 16 footer for my commercial crew as they carry so much more equipment.

So is that big trailer worth the extra fuel you burn every year?

Sammy
10-12-2010, 07:09 AM
I went to a 10 footer from a 16 foot trailer when gas was at 4 bucks a gallon a couple of years ago. Has saved lot's of gas !

JB1
10-12-2010, 08:08 AM
you'll jackknife the smaller trailer easier than the big trailer.

zturncutter
10-12-2010, 08:16 AM
Went from a double axle to a single axle 5'x12' 2 years ago. Saves about 10% on gas and 2 sets of tires a year. Still see lots of guys running around with 2 or three machines on huge trailers with one man in the truck. Very impressive. :dizzy:

Turf Commando
10-12-2010, 01:40 PM
Bigger isnt always better, I use a 6x12 perfect size for my needs for now and to come ...

gasracer
10-12-2010, 02:18 PM
I use a 6'X12'. I can get 2 of my 3 machines on it. Depending on what I am mowing that day as to what I carry. When doing smaller lots solo I can carry the 48"WB and the 36" WB and do anything I need. For the large ones I can get the 52" ZTR and the 48" WB on it.( If either of them were 6" longer they wouldn't make it).the push mower rides in the back of the truck. Doing leaves I have the bagger on the ZTR and it takes up most of the trailer.

DitchDr
10-12-2010, 04:08 PM
Glad to see I am not the only one who did this. I see so many people on small (1/4 acre) res mowing jobs with a 16 or 18 foot trailer with little equipment hauling it will a big diesel truck. If this works out well, I am gonna replace the F-150's with 4.0 liter Ford Rangers. Still not sure on the mileage savings it would be, but the bigger trucks are drinking it down.

gasracer
10-12-2010, 04:17 PM
My V-6 struggles when I have the 2 big mowers on the trailer.I have even changed to a lower set of gears in the rear end. I would like to find a V-8 truck.

DitchDr
10-12-2010, 06:45 PM
My V-6 struggles when I have the 2 big mowers on the trailer.I have even changed to a lower set of gears in the rear end. I would like to find a V-8 truck.

What kind of truck you running?

kilgoja
10-12-2010, 09:38 PM
5x8 is all i need...i only carry one ztr on it and i pull it with a 4 cyl no problem...it all depends on how big of an operation you got going

gasracer
10-12-2010, 09:43 PM
What kind of truck you running?

2004 F-150 with a V-6,5 speed,3.55 gears. My trailer loaded is over 2000 pounds.

DitchDr
10-13-2010, 12:11 AM
2004 F-150 with a V-6,5 speed,3.55 gears. My trailer loaded is over 2000 pounds.

Truck should tow that with no problem. At that weight tho I would not be usng the bumper. Hope you get a new one soon!!:weightlifter:

944own
10-13-2010, 12:58 AM
I use a 5x8 also, I put my 54in ztr on with just enough room on the back for my lawn boy, I have trimmer racks on it but everything else blower gas cans ect. I just through in the back of the truck the only time I wish I had a bigger trailer is when I have to haul stuff off.

gasracer
10-13-2010, 09:34 AM
Truck should tow that with no problem. At that weight tho I would not be usng the bumper. Hope you get a new one soon!!:weightlifter:

I have class 3 hitch on it. The 2 big mowers(total) are around 1700lbs.,trailer when bought was around 600lbs,Landscape cage 200lbs.,extra supports in the gate and rails extra 50lbs.,spare tire 50lbs,Weedeaters(3),racks,blowers(2),cooler
Hedge trimmers(2),chain saw,extra fuel and all the tools,spare parts I carry in the cage another 150 lbs.
Total 2750lbs.
Max weight on the axle is 3500lbs.
I only carry the 2 big ones together for big jobs with help. Most of the time I have the 48"WB and the 36" WB(1100 lbs total)
It pulls it but when I hit the open road going to the other side of town I don't shift to OD and to 3rd gear in some areas.

LawnEnforcement25
10-13-2010, 01:07 PM
i just upgraded from a 5x10 to a 6x12. im already thinking about a 7x14 or 7x16 tandem axel. i just like to have the space. im only carrying a 48" John deere zero turn, but i want to be able to fit 2. i may get a 32-36" WB or a small zero turn to fit through gates and want to know i can fit 2. right now even with my JD backed all the way on the trailer i couldnt get a smaller mower on there except a WB or a push. thats it.

Jpocket
10-13-2010, 08:22 PM
Glad to see I am not the only one who did this. I see so many people on small (1/4 acre) res mowing jobs with a 16 or 18 foot trailer with little equipment hauling it will a big diesel truck. If this works out well, I am gonna replace the F-150's with 4.0 liter Ford Rangers. Still not sure on the mileage savings it would be, but the bigger trucks are drinking it down.

Each to his own. Personally I prefer a the look of a tandum trailer and a 3/4 ton p/u. This is what i run and don't plan to change. It's just a classic standard look.