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Single Axle Trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by First_Year_Landscaper, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. First_Year_Landscaper

    First_Year_Landscaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    I bought a small trailer (5x11) that was used to haul a skidloader. It has 6 bolt hubs, which usually means it has a 5000 or 5200 lb axle. The trailer alone weighs around 1000 lbs. I know the farmer hauled about a 6000 lb skid loader between farms on it. Is there any way that the axles could be stronger than the usual 6 bolt axles.

    I plan to put a diamond plate floor in it and use it to haul my small skidloader and an occasional load of rock, blocks, or whatever.

    Also currently there are no brakes on the trailer, but I dont plan to go very far (20 miles and under) and I have a 1999 Ford F250 to pull it with do you think that around town and under 55 mph I will ever have a problem.
  2. personally, theres no way I would.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    even though you may be fine for only short trips around town i dont think i would risk it. what if a child playing or kid biking crosses in front of you at the last second? your gonna have a hard time stopping that overloaded trailer with with no brakes on it
  4. First_Year_Landscaper

    First_Year_Landscaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    My skidloader only weighs in at around 2300 lbs, but I don't think brakes would be a bad idea either. I was just wondering for short term use, but like you said why risk it. I will try to get a kit to bolt on as soon as i finish everything else. Thanks for you replys.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    better to be safe than sorry. it may cost a bit more up front but itll pay off in the long run
  6. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,239

    That much weight should be no problem for a 3/4 ton to stop safely.
  7. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 550

    according to the federal law that the state trooper quoted me the other day is that any trailer weighing over 3000 lbs must have brakes on all axles. and i think this is a good law
  8. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,239

    Something must be different from state to state. It is very common in NE for trailers to have a 3500 lb axel and no brakes. Sold that way New!
  9. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,067

    Alot of times the manufactor will put on 3500lb axles and then rate the trailer for 2,990lbs. to get around this. Check the plate for the GVW.
  10. LoweJ82

    LoweJ82 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 365

    2300 pounds? put a steel plate in the bed of the truck and weld it in, then add some d rings followed with some good ramps, just carry that baby around piggy back.

    I say my f350 rides and drives a little better with 2000 lbs in the bed, really don't notice it even being there at all, if I had a heavy flatbed Id try my 743 on for size, I bet the state cops would have a wet dream over that one.

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