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I am confused about trailer capacities...

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by thepawnshop, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. HK45Mark23

    HK45Mark23 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 200

    Yeah there is a difference in a fifth wheel and a gooseneck.

    The difference is that a goose neck has a ball in the middle of the bed of your truck. The trailer has a goose neck shaped tong, if you will, that hitches to that ball.

    Where as a fifth wheel has a plate in the middle of the bed of the truck and the trailer has a pin that hitches to it. With a plate and pin it is really exactly the same concept as a Simi tractor-trailer.

    So if you see a ball in the middle of a truck bed that truck is set up for a goose neck.

    But if you see a plate resembling a Simi tractor hitch plate, that is a fifth wheeled configuration.

    Some trucks have a removable hitch plate and under that is a ball so you can do both.

    Some trucks have a hideaway ball, which folds down under the bed so you don’t have a ball sticking up unless you need it for hauling a trailer.

    Be ware of the hideaway ball, I don’t think they are really as strong as a solid mount to the frame.
     
  2. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

    GET the Kaufman Trailer, just pay the $200 to upgrade the tires and you will be fine with that 6 Ton unit on it. I own six Kaufmans and will NEVER buy any other brand. They simply don't come any better built or designed and have an outstanding price to boot. If you pick it up you will also be VERY impressed at the operation. Very big plant and every single trailer is designed on a CAD by an engineer and every single weld is computer generated and marked. Don't let these guys that don't own one and have never even seen one talk you out of it.

    Also on the pulling with the 3500 you should be fine too. My 2005 F350 PSD Dually is rated to pull 23,500. I pull 12,000 all the time at 75mph and you can't even feel it behind you.
     
  3. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

    I believe there are doubles on this trailers making it 8 of them.


    I doubt in reality it is. This company is owned by a very well respected engineer that has been building trailers for 20+ years and every single design is CAD engineer completed. First hand it is a very impressive company and I have never had any issues with their trailers and I own a few of them.
     
  4. thepawnshop

    thepawnshop LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 387

    A buddy of mine recently purchased a 10 ton tag from them and he LOVES it. I will ask about the spring issue, but I sincerely doubt they could/would list a false gvwr.
     
  5. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

    Yeah, there is no way this company would post false info I assure you.
     
  6. echovalley

    echovalley LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 91

    Just got back from picking up my Kaufman trailer on Friday night.Real nice well built trailer and good people to work with.No one could come close to the price in my area.
     
  7. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

    Nice plant isn't it? I bet going down that turn off road "fooled" you like it did me the first time I was there and I thought, "what the heck" then I came to the end of it :laugh:
     
  8. echovalley

    echovalley LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 91

    Yeh it did.I stopped at the gas station a half mile down the road and asking 5 people were it was.No one had ever heard of it?I said its a major manufacture of trailers ,nope never heard of um.People are a little different down there.It was a good trip I stopped and saw some family in Wakeforest
     
  9. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,569

    Don't worry we feel the same about you folks from "up there" too.... :waving:

    They probably actually knew at the gas station, but saw your CT tags and detected that "up there" accent and just told you they didn't know... You probably also said "Excuse me yousguys, could you tell me where the company named Kaufman Trailers is located in proximity to here? And while I'm here I'll have a bottle of pop" instead of just saying, "Hey, ya'll wheres Kaufmans at and where are the cokes" :laugh:


    J/K :drinkup:
     
  10. thepawnshop

    thepawnshop LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 387

    Thanks again, MM. I will take your advice and upgrade teh tires as well. I was thinking that as long as this trailer will truly carry 10 tons, I should never outgrow it. I will be upgrading my truck, though I may wait a bit if it handles ok.

    This message board is AWESOME!
     

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