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Old 02-18-2014, 02:26 PM
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Does a 20ft open trailer need 5k lb axles?

Getting ready to buy a new 20ft open utility trailer with a 72" side ramp and the salesman is suggesting upgrading to 5k lb axles.(2)
I have a 16ft with 3500 lb axles so far and only carry about 3200 lbs worth of mowers.
On a 20ft it would be 4000 lbs tops, but hes concerned if I carry a load of mulch going over weight.

Its only an extra $500 for the upgrade, but if its not needed I could put that money else where.
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:45 PM
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The 5k axles is the way to go
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:50 PM
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I would myself, a 20' would be easy to overload with 3.5k's. If I haul all both WB's, 21" and Vride I am almost at 6K with my 16' trailer. You will also find that the trailer will pull smoother and tires will last longer with the heavier axles.
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:42 PM
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Thanks guys, I placed the order today, 5k axles it is
Now i just need to decide which side the side gate goes on.
I have a few days to change it if I want from the passenger side
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:37 PM
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Just curious what the advantage to having it on driver side would be? Passenger side usually drops in the lawn over the curb so it reduces the ramp angle, unless your customers have ditches instead of curbs.
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I have a side gate on my 16' trailer but don't use it much when mowing. It gets used on almost every mulch job though.
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:35 AM
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My enclosed trailer has the side door on the passenger side. I take the walker mower out of it onto the customers yard and works out great.
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