Plans for 3 axle skidsteer trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by grant087, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. grant087

    grant087 LawnSite Member
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    anyone know a good place to get plans to build a 16 foot 3 axle skidsteer trailer?
     
  2. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Why three axles? All else being equal, I think I would prefer two heavier axles vs. three lighter ones. Three axles are very resistant to being turned tight; wears out your tires faster and makes it hard to turn around or back in tight places. 2 x 7,000# axles or 2 x 10,000# axles should be plenty to haul just about any skid steer with extra attachments.
     
  3. grant087

    grant087 LawnSite Member
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    im looking to use the trailer for multipurpose and plan on boxing up the sides for fall and spring cleanups, as well as using to transport a bobcat i have access too and renting it out when not in use for use as a "rubber wheeled dumpster" and all of the traillers like this that i see in my area are all 3 axles and the skidsteer trailers have only 2 axles this is why im leaning towards 3 over 2
     
  4. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I would go with two axles unless you are already dead set on three. Much easier to turn them and they dont chew up tires as quickly. You can easily haul a skid steer and use it as a dumpster or whatever else with two heavy axles and heavy tires to match.
     
  5. grant087

    grant087 LawnSite Member
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    where would be a good place to get trailer plans at?
     
  6. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    you will regret the three axles, unless you like relacing the rear axel every time you get in tight spot
     
  7. grant087

    grant087 LawnSite Member
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    my question then is why are most of the companies in my are going with 3 axle trailers then, im leaning towards 2 axles but I just figure there must be a reason for this?
     
  8. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would guess they want more capacity for cheap; maybe 3 5400# axles will give them a 16,000# gross weight for cheaper than 2 7000# or 10,000# axles. I wouldn't do it tho, you will spend whatever you save on tires and maybe axle bearing repair. Imagine how a skid steer uses up tires when it turns, then try to imagine a skid steer with 6 tires!?!?! It just wouldn't turn worth a damn.

    Another possibility is that they want a trailer that sits low, with drop axles, like I have seen some small car-hauler trailers with 3 axles. The bottom two cars sit low to the ground, in between the trailer wheels. Can't do that with 10,000# axles cause they're dualies, and 3 5400# axles gives slightly more capacity than 2 7000#... So maybe having a low-rider trailer is more important than a good-turning trailer in some cases.
     
  9. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    probabbly cause they don't think about it and just look at price and weight rating. just like people who haul 10,000+ with bumper pulls when a goosneck is a better choice by far
     
  10. grant087

    grant087 LawnSite Member
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    ive have decided on two axles because of like you guys said in the long run its gonna cost me more and when i go to the dump to unload debris its just another two tires to get a flat on

    the total inside area of the trailer to fill is gonna be 20yds and I imagine the trailer will weigh around 3k

    alright then with that said would two 7k axles be enough or should i lean to the 10k axles because i can get the 7k's for less than half but i also want to make sure the trailer is durable enough?

    and is there a good set of blueprints/plans any one sells to construct a trailer?

    thanks,
    Grant
     

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