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trailer sizes.

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by 205mx, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,339

    Should I be able fit my 48" ZTR and a 36" Walk Behind on a 12 foot trailer? they wont fit on my 10ft. Im wondering if it may be safe just to get a 14 foot. What do you guys think? anyone running a Kubota out there? Its hard to get my hands on a test trailer and a test walk behind at the same time. lol.

    Thanks
     
  2. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,227

    They will fit but only just, I got the 14 because of the vac and they barely fit with the vac on. So I would say go 14
     
  3. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    Is that putting anything on sideways?
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  4. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,227

    On regular mowing days I can't put the WB on first regular and the star on regular. Just over two feet left behind the z. They can both fit facing forward on both the 12 and 14. I went with the 14 because I have a vac and I also found out that I can put 36 sideways up front, the 54 backwards on it, and the ztr forward. If I had a 12 I would be seriously handicapped most days
     
  5. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,145

    It's not as simple as just adding a couple of feet to a trailer and done, unfortunately the 12 foot frame is close to the limit of what single axles can hold so you're looking at a typical situation where either way you win and lose at the same time.
    It's difficult to fit a Wb and a Ztr on a 12 foot trailer but fit they do, usually the Wb has to go sideways more so with a velke... But most 14 foot trailers sport 2 axles and that opens up another whole new line of expense, double axle trailers go through tires a lot faster and there are four of them to replace...

    Read: With two axles you'll spend close to four times what you are spending now on tires, maybe more.

    You can get a single axle 14 footer but they are rare and there is so much frame there's a chance if you put too much weight on it that it will bend (even the 12 footers can and will do it some), so it's a toss between comfort and expense.
     
  6. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,641

    I started out with a 12X5 foot single axle hauling my 46" ZTR and a 36 WB....I have since moved up to 16X7.5 duel axle...looked at the 14 footer but decided to go with the 16ft to have some growing room...don't just think about what you need today as far as trailer sizes, but think about the future also.
     
  7. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,339

    Not true about the axle though. I think most trailer axles are rated for 3500LBS.

    ZTR is about 1300.
    WB is less than 800.

    That's 2100.

    Do u think that's pushing it?

    Also, the bad part is I have a 6 cylinder f150. 5speed manual. 2002 model.
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  8. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Posts: 4,128

    Always go bigger than you need. That way if you were to do some switching around a year or two down the road you won't have to sell the trailer and buy another. When I went for my 8.5x20 enclosed I chose that instead of 24'. Regret it every day.

    Your truck will pull it fine. Your weight is fine. I have 6x12 that I use mostly in the winter and odd jobs. I've loaded it over 4k. You don't even know there's much weight back there
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  9. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,339

    So you think I should go with a 6x14?
    What I was nervous about pulling was a tandem axle 14 footer
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  10. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,145

    Could have started out saying that, you can't pull full time with a 1/2 ton, you need to start thinking about upgrading the truck if you plan on getting a bigger trailer.
     

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