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alpine692003
05-22-2004, 09:51 PM
I'm about to buy my 1st trailer and I have no clue about trailers!

I know i'm going ot get a 5 x 10 trailer as my startup trailer with 2 wooden sides..

I have a dodge dakota and in the rear I saw the trailer tow weight was at 2,000lbs..

Is there anything I need to know before I go out and get a trailer?

like for instance do I need to go buy a hitchball from home depot to install it? what about locks?

more basic information would be appreciated!

grass_cuttin_fool
05-22-2004, 10:01 PM
Yes you can pull the truck from the bumper but a Reese hitch is stronger and safer. On the tounge of the trailer it should say what size coupler you need the most popular are 1 7/8 inch and a 2 inch and buy which you need. Go to an auto parts store and get a wiring harness made for your vechile to hook a trailer to the tow vechile, alot more simple than cutting and adding wires, that is a few basic things to get started. What kinds of mowers are you gonna put on the trailer??

Eric 1
05-22-2004, 10:02 PM
You will need a
1 hitch ball
2 lock for the trailer hitch
3 lite adapter for the truck if it does not have one
4 You may what to get a receiver that mounts to the frame to tow the trailer, its much safer and stronger

Hope this helped some. Good luck.

alpine692003
05-22-2004, 10:02 PM
well, Ill be using 2 x 21" mowers for now!

I'll get a 32" later ...

I just have lots of power equipment, shovels and then bags of grass clippings! i can't load them in the back of my truck anymore...

Yes, i'll need a hitchball! where can I get one? or shall I say, where should I get a hitchball?

Eric 1
05-22-2004, 10:03 PM
Oops, me and G-C-F posted at the same time. sorry.:blush:

Eric 1
05-22-2004, 10:05 PM
Originally posted by alpine692003

Yes, i'll need a hitchball! where can I get one? or shall I say, where should I get a hitchball?

Wal-mart, any auto parts store, any hardware store and Home Depot.

grass_cuttin_fool
05-22-2004, 10:09 PM
lol , no problemo eric, alpine I would check an auto parts store, not sure in BC what is available, Advance auto, Auto Zone, Pep Boys, Napa, Car quest, any camping or boating dealers in your area, maybe even the place you are getting the trailer unless its from a private indivdual, If the Home depot has them then that will be a good place to get it

alpine692003
05-22-2004, 10:09 PM
Thanks man!

So I can just tow on the back of my Dakota with the hitchball?

I see some people with a reese hitch thats like a straight bar in the back then you tow a trailer? what's that?

Eric 1
05-22-2004, 11:06 PM
Originally posted by alpine692003
Thanks man!

So I can just tow on the back of my Dakota with the hitchball?

I see some people with a reese hitch thats like a straight bar in the back then you tow a trailer? what's that?

Yes you can just tow off the back of the truck.

Sorry dont understand the 2nd part, i think you may mean the ball mount.

A hitch bolts to the frame of the truck it is lots stronger than just pulling from the bumper, a must for heavy loads. will get a pic in the morning of my hitch to let you see it.

rookiemower
05-22-2004, 11:10 PM
you have posted 653 times and you don't know what a class 2 type reciever is, are you joking? get a reese 2" reciever made for your truck so it can bolt on, then buy a hitch bar for that with a ball that fits your trailor toungue

Jacob G
05-22-2004, 11:32 PM
Make sure you lock the trailer to something like a tree or a light pole at night...

Trailers are stolen VERY often!

alpine692003
05-23-2004, 12:02 AM
yes, thats what it probably is..

a hitch bar is much stronger!

alpine692003
05-23-2004, 04:31 AM
another question ..

If i were to get that trailer and i put 2 pieces of wood standing up, how can i get them to stay in place?

do i nail it from the bottom up? I mean you can't just plce 2 pieces of wood on each side and expect it to stay up right? how would you guys hold it down?

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turftammer
05-23-2004, 10:25 AM
It sounds like that 5x10 is going to be loaded down from the equipment you said you would be putting on it. In my experiences your trailer can't be too big because your buisness will grow and you will put that extra room to use.what size to get well thats up to you but I can tell you that one contractor I worked for in the past we pulled a 16' trailer with a dakota but it also had a big v6.

Eric 1
05-23-2004, 12:56 PM
Hope this will help

left is the ball, be sure to grease it

middle is the ball mount the slides into the receiver

right is the end of the receiver

far right is were a Ball could mount on the bumper

Eric 1
05-23-2004, 01:01 PM
Under side of the receiver

Left were the ball mount slides in

middle is the tube running across the back

right is were it bolts to the frame.

Eric 1
05-23-2004, 01:03 PM
Originally posted by turftammer
It sounds like that 5x10 is going to be loaded down from the equipment you said you would be putting on it. In my experiences your trailer can't be too big because your buisness will grow and you will put that extra room to use.what size to get well thats up to you but I can tell you that one contractor I worked for in the past we pulled a 16' trailer with a dakota but it also had a big v6.

what did you have on the 16ft and what kind of terrain were you on, I dont know if a v6 would have enough power for me with that big of a trailer.

turftammer
05-23-2004, 01:15 PM
we had a grasshopper ,trimmers blowers,etc. probably had a little big of a trailer but the trailer was used for a tractor also with a different truck and the terrain was somewhat mild. you might consider a 12' tandem axle utility trailer,because it is my experienc that the tandem axles are a little easier on the vehicle.

Eric 1
05-23-2004, 01:25 PM
I have a trailer. 12ft works great for me. :)

alpine692003
05-23-2004, 04:34 PM
lol ...
I just want to carry my equipment for now..

ie) 21" lawn mowers, grass trimmers, yard trimmings, gas cans, shovels..

I wont be hauling any stones, dirt ..

so I think 5 x 10 is alright fo rnow

kc2006
05-23-2004, 11:56 PM
I just bought a 7x14" trailer, alittle bigger then i wanted but for 600 bucks and its only 1 year old what could i do. I've just been borrowing a friends truck but i tried it out and my 89 s10 with little 4 banger pulls the trailer with a 48" gravely walkbehind, it takes alot to get it going but it does it just doesnt stop well.

RedWingsDet
05-24-2004, 09:57 PM
i have a 98dakota with a 5x10 trailer, i haul my 48 and 36", edger trimmer and blower in the trailer, the two 21"s in the bed, the bags in the bed, and then i throw the clippings in the bed also. i would STRONGLY suggest you get a bigger trailer, im going to buy a bigger trailer very SOON! but im also going to be getting a bigger truck.

RedWingsDet
06-20-2004, 09:44 PM
make sure the wheels are NOT centered in the trailer, you want the wheels towards he back more, you want more weight towards the front of the trailer so it doesnt make the rear of the trailer sway.

alpine692003
06-20-2004, 10:21 PM
ah ... I'm going to try a 5 x 10 for my 1st trailer..

I'll upgrade to a 2nd truck and bigger trailer afterwards..

RedWingsDet
06-20-2004, 10:52 PM
i would serisouly get a bigger one, i got a good deal on my 5x10 but i wish i would have waited a little bit and gotten a bigger one. espissally enclosed.

alpine692003
06-21-2004, 01:22 AM
why enclosed??

Open trailer with trimmertrap products!!

RedWingsDet
06-21-2004, 03:28 PM
i like enclosed because 1, we have city ordinances and they dont want you running a business out of your home, so if you have an enclosed trailer they need a warrant to go inside. 2, you can keep stuff in it all night. 3, you keep you competition wondering what you have ;) and 4, its safer IMO.