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ashgrove landscaping
01-08-2012, 11:16 PM
Like it says, I'm wondering if I could add 2 feet to the end of my 6.5 x12 single axle trailer so I can fit two big ZTR's. I really only need about a foot but might as well be comfortable. Obviously it can be done but was wondering if anyone has done this and how the trailer tows etc... The axle should handle the weight no problem and the extra length of trailer behind the axle doesn't seem to be too much with the add on. So any thoughts or suggestions?

eaglescout1993
01-08-2012, 11:37 PM
i have not perosnaly don it but, the crew i use to work for added a foot and half dovetale to the trailer. then attached rap to this. it worked fine. drove first mower on straight in and backed the second in so the front casters sat on the slope of the dovetail.

it was a 1.5 ft dovetail drooped 6 or so inches from the trailer deck itself.

Patriot Services
01-08-2012, 11:40 PM
It will probably be cheaper to find a used 16ft and sell what you got. A single 3500lb axle will be right at limit when all is said and done. You won't like the tow feel.
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turfbuilder
01-08-2012, 11:45 PM
You may be overweight for a single axle. I'd sell it and look for a tandem axel.

KrayzKajun
01-08-2012, 11:48 PM
It will probably be cheaper to find a used 16ft and sell what you got. A single 3500lb axle will be right at limit when all is said and done. You won't like the tow feel.
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agreed. the extra length added, plus the weight on the a$$ end of the trailer behind the axle will cause extra sway when towing.

ashgrove landscaping
01-09-2012, 12:03 AM
Well... I guess that's what I was lookin for. Or I can add an axle plus add on. That cost has been calculated and would be $6-700. There's a fella in town who bulids trailers and does all kinds of welding and does it fairly cheap. He is constantly overloaded with work. He says he loves it though.

DuallyVette
01-09-2012, 12:03 AM
You can add the two feet , but add another axle behind the axle that's on there now. I'm not a fan of any single axle trailer. They just seem much less stable to me.

ecurbthims
01-09-2012, 01:33 AM
any chance you could add a foot at each end?

Johnagain
01-09-2012, 07:32 AM
The axle won't handle the weight. 2 ztr's will weigh between 1100-1400 lbs so that's 2200-2800 lbs. The 12ft trailer itself will weigh 1000-1200 lbs empty. Add that up and you could have 4000lbs before you put anything else on the trailer. People often forget you have to add in the weight of the trailer to find out it's full capacity.

ParkWelding
01-09-2012, 09:18 AM
Its really not worth doing for your purpose. If you were looking for length and not putting much weight on, it would be easy to cut the tongue off and add the length to the front. To handle the weight you would need to budget in two complete 3500# brake axles with springs and all hardware, fenders, all wiring & breakaway. Not worth it.

32vld
01-09-2012, 02:08 PM
Problem with extending the rear of the trailer will cause too much wait rear of the axle.

This will reduce the tongue weight at the hitch and cause the trailer to be unstable and way.