Trailer too Heavy?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by GreenGrassEarnsCash, May 21, 2005.

  1. GreenGrassEarnsCash

    GreenGrassEarnsCash LawnSite Member
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    I'm planning on buying a new 14x7 enclosed haulmark trailer. I have a 1994 gmc 1500 extended cab that i am going to be pulling it with. My neighbor told me that this trailer would put a huge strain on my truck when i pull it. the trailer weighs 1800 pounds i think. Would this trailer be too heavy to pull?
     
  2. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
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    go online and look up the towing capacity of the gmc 1500 with the gear and engine set that you have.

    My trailer weighs near to that and I pull it with an '84 Dodge D250 with no problems.
     
  3. GreenGrassEarnsCash

    GreenGrassEarnsCash LawnSite Member
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    where should i go to find out that info?
     
  4. GreenGrassEarnsCash

    GreenGrassEarnsCash LawnSite Member
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    does an enclosed trailer create a lot of wind resistance?
     
  5. cndhaines

    cndhaines LawnSite Member
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    most half ton chevys are about 9300 lbs towing capacity but i dont sugust going over 6500lbs and with a full trailer u should be about 5500 lbs or so


    chris
    ase cert mech
     
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    We have pulled enclosed trailer with 1/2 ton trucks for years. I do like having a larger V8 if I am going on interstate. In our area we need oil cooler for transmission. We started pulling our dual axle with a van that has a 350V8 trying to save a little gas money. It is doing fine.
     
  7. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
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    Just go to the chevy / GM website and look at the current model that is most similar to yours and deduct 15-20% off the towing capacity listed and you should be fine.

    With towing, it isn't so much the engine and transmission as the brakes that you need to be concerned with. If the trailer has electric brakes and you have the brake control box you should be fine.
     
  8. TURF DOCTOR

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
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    You should be fine only thing with a 7ft wide you will get a huge trailer frame this is heavy on your hitch,get brakes, get a side door,get a back ramp door.
     
  9. GreenGrassEarnsCash

    GreenGrassEarnsCash LawnSite Member
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    thanks for the replies
     
  10. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
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    Your neighbor doesn't know what he's talking about, I can't think of any sigle axle lawn trailer thats too heavy for a 1/2
     

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