Can my dodge handle it?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by junior89, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. junior89

    junior89 LawnSite Member
    from NC
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    I have a 2006 4.7L dodge ram 1500 quad cab. According to my manual I can tow 8400 lbs. with that being said. I have the option of buying a 7x14 enclosed trailer with tandem axles or I can buy a 6x12 enclosed trailer single axle for the same price. My question trailer is my best option for my truck? I only plan on having a 50" zero turn and a 36" walk behind and all my handhelds in it plus the usual necessities. Your opinions will be greatly appreciated since I'm just now buying everything for my business to start hopefully next year. :drinkup:
     
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  2. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,204

    I put 100k on my 1998 1500 dodge towing 4000-6000 lbs daily. So yes. I would add a trans cooler on top of the radiator.
     
  3. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    7x14, think you would regret 6x12 single in the long run.
     
  4. junior89

    junior89 LawnSite Member
    from NC
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    I would rather get the 7x14 trailer because it would allow me to grow the business without having to worry about buying a trailer anytime soon. Im just skeptical about my ram's transmission being able to tow it and still be reliable
     
  5. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    As long as you can cool the trans your fine. I have 200k on that dodge.
     
  6. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Don't buy the single axle trailer. It can't handle the weight. I know it says it can but it can't. The first time you run it off the road and hit a pot hole with the trailer it will bend the axle.
     
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Get the dual axle. Put brakes on one axle and get a v nose. The tongue weight will br manageable, your brakes will last way longer and milge won't take as big a hit. A tranny cooler is a must with a Dodge and a guage.
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  8. Absolute Lawn&Landscapes

    Absolute Lawn&Landscapes LawnSite Member
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    I agree with getting the tandem axle trailer they are much nicer and pull a lot better. I also agree with putting an additional tranny cooler on it with a tranny temp gauges dodges are known to have tranny problems but last longer if you add the tranny cooler. Also make sure the trailer has breaks cuz if the gross weight is over 3500 with no brakes on the trailer the DOT will have a field day with you.
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  9. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
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    single axles do get better mpg, but if you are going to be abusing it then go tandem.
     
  10. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Get the enclosed. The 6x12 is too small. Trailer brakes are a must to keep from eating up your truck brakes, not to mention the safety aspect. I towed a 7x16 with stander, walk behind, and home owner 42" ZTR with no trailer brakes and it ate my truck brakes up in 1 season.
     

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