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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    Right or wrong, loading all the weight at the front makes it "beat the living hell out of the truck", vs weight just in front of the axle it rides like its not even there.
     
  2. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    100000% agreed. It takes 1000lbs over my tandem trailer to even make the springs flex.
     
  3. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    Here is category class 5 specifications, not many trucks can handle this and see how little the tongue weight is

    Rating: Class V
    Maximum gross trailer weight: 18,000 lbs
    Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 18,000 lbs
    Maximum tongue weight: 2,000 lbs
    Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 2,500 lbs


    So 11% of the gvw. My hitch is rated for 7000 gvw or so and about 700 or so tongue weight.
     
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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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.
     
  5. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    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.
     
  6. Dually00-00

    Dually00-00 LawnSite Member
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  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    My first ball came with a trailer I have GN 38ft tandem duels So each truck I had order the ball in at the trailer dealer No farm stores carry it I think has 2'' diameter shank.
     
  8. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
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    Few have as big of balls as you
     
  9. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    My hitch is made in the Flatbed
    I'll check tomorrow and take a pic I might be wrong been 10 yrs since I bought one
     
  10. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Took a pic but didn't show up well and I was wrong its 30,000 ball 2'' dia shank my bad brain
     

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