Loading a small trailer.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by GrassGuerilla, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
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    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?
     
  2. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think he is full of quack. Do that with a skid steer, I dare you.
     
  3. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    It depends on what else is on the trailer too. It makes sense though since ztr are heaviest at the rear
     
  4. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
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    In this case just a 21" mower, just over 100 lbs.
     
  5. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    Were talking about a push mower here? I thought we were talking 1200-1600lbs
     
  6. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Sorry, Hustler super z and a 21"
     
  7. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I try to balance 60% front 40% rear on my single axle trailers.
     
  8. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think he's wrong. The truck will drink more fuel with the trailer loaded that way.
     
  9. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That's how I haul my Skid Steer in front of the axles
     
  10. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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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.
     

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