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Old 07-28-2013, 01:40 PM
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Loading a small trailer.

Recently had it suggested to me by a guy that sold trailers for 20 years, to load a Z on the front of the trailer rather than over the axle. Said it was to "let the truck share the load". Experience has taught me to keep the weight centered on the axle, just forward enough to maintain 200+ lbs of tongue weight. Have I been doing it "wrong"? Since he said this I've seen that a LOT of you guys do just this.

Thoughts? Opinions? Is this trailer guy yanking my chain?
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:53 PM
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I think he is full of quack. Do that with a skid steer, I dare you.
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:42 PM
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I think he is full of quack. Do that with a skid steer, I dare you.
That's how I haul my Skid Steer in front of the axles
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:59 PM
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That's how I haul my Skid Steer in front of the axles
That is freaking stupid unless its a short trailer or a small skid. If its a 20 or 24ft trailer your front of your truck is so light in rain if you have to turn hard you will go stright. Plus the most weight a tongue is suspose to have is 1200lbs and that's about the heaviest ball hitch you can get. Most are 600lbs and under tongue weight.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:24 PM
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That is freaking stupid unless its a short trailer or a small skid. If its a 20 or 24ft trailer your front of your truck is so light in rain if you have to turn hard you will go stright. Plus the most weight a tongue is suspose to have is 1200lbs and that's about the heaviest ball hitch you can get. Most are 600lbs and under tongue weight.
I have a GN ball My trailer is 22ft and when I haul my 5240 Gehl It pulls the best in front of the axles If its loaded more on the axles I get more a bouncy ride in the truck
My truck is a F350 dually with F450 springs in rear
Now same load hook to my F350 shortbed then the skidsteer needs be more on the axles
If Im thinking right I think I have 60,000 ball or 50,000 I forget. I'll look next time.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:30 PM
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I have a GN ball My trailer is 22ft and when I haul my 5240 Gehl It pulls the best in front of the axles If its loaded more on the axles I get more a bouncy ride in the truck
My truck is a F350 dually with F450 springs in rear
Now same load hook to my F350 shortbed then the skidsteer needs be more on the axles
If Im thinking right I think I have 60,000 ball or 50,000 I forget. I'll look next time.
A f450 is a different story. Your not going to do that to a f250 without a serious issue. Pindle hitches are rated up to 80,000. I've never seen a ball over 20k unless its a gooseneck ball.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:49 PM
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[QUOTE=Snyder's Lawn Inc;
If Im thinking right I think I have 60,000 ball or 50,000 I forget. I'll look next time.[/QUOTE]

Wow my GN hitch is rated @ only 30k .
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:08 PM
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10% is the ideal tongue weight for a tag along trailer. The heavier the load the more important this. IE 400lb load all at the front of the trailer no big deal. But a 4000lb load all at the front is bad. Also 400lbs miss loaded around town (40-50mph) maybe not bad, but 4000lbs miss loaded at freeway speed 60-70 is an accident waiting to happen.
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That is freaking stupid unless its a short trailer or a small skid. If its a 20 or 24ft trailer your front of your truck is so light in rain if you have to turn hard you will go stright. Plus the most weight a tongue is suspose to have is 1200lbs and that's about the heaviest ball hitch you can get. Most are 600lbs and under tongue weight.
Here is a pic how I haul my Skidsteer This the best way smoothest ride in the truck

I forgot till I loaded pics up from my phone Seen this pic remember this thread
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:50 AM
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Here is a pic how I haul my Skidsteer This the best way smoothest ride in the truck

I forgot till I loaded pics up from my phone Seen this pic remember this thread
That's a goose neck...... you would load infront of the axles on a goose neck anyways.
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