What to know about trailers?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by alpine692003, May 22, 2004.

  1. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm about to buy my 1st trailer and I have no clue about trailers!

    I know i'm going ot get a 5 x 10 trailer as my startup trailer with 2 wooden sides..

    I have a dodge dakota and in the rear I saw the trailer tow weight was at 2,000lbs..

    Is there anything I need to know before I go out and get a trailer?

    like for instance do I need to go buy a hitchball from home depot to install it? what about locks?

    more basic information would be appreciated!
     
  2. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yes you can pull the truck from the bumper but a Reese hitch is stronger and safer. On the tounge of the trailer it should say what size coupler you need the most popular are 1 7/8 inch and a 2 inch and buy which you need. Go to an auto parts store and get a wiring harness made for your vechile to hook a trailer to the tow vechile, alot more simple than cutting and adding wires, that is a few basic things to get started. What kinds of mowers are you gonna put on the trailer??
     
  3. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You will need a
    1 hitch ball
    2 lock for the trailer hitch
    3 lite adapter for the truck if it does not have one
    4 You may what to get a receiver that mounts to the frame to tow the trailer, its much safer and stronger

    Hope this helped some. Good luck.
     
  4. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    well, Ill be using 2 x 21" mowers for now!

    I'll get a 32" later ...

    I just have lots of power equipment, shovels and then bags of grass clippings! i can't load them in the back of my truck anymore...

    Yes, i'll need a hitchball! where can I get one? or shall I say, where should I get a hitchball?
     
  5. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Oops, me and G-C-F posted at the same time. sorry.:blush:
     
  6. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wal-mart, any auto parts store, any hardware store and Home Depot.
     
  7. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    lol , no problemo eric, alpine I would check an auto parts store, not sure in BC what is available, Advance auto, Auto Zone, Pep Boys, Napa, Car quest, any camping or boating dealers in your area, maybe even the place you are getting the trailer unless its from a private indivdual, If the Home depot has them then that will be a good place to get it
     
  8. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks man!

    So I can just tow on the back of my Dakota with the hitchball?

    I see some people with a reese hitch thats like a straight bar in the back then you tow a trailer? what's that?
     
  9. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes you can just tow off the back of the truck.

    Sorry dont understand the 2nd part, i think you may mean the ball mount.

    A hitch bolts to the frame of the truck it is lots stronger than just pulling from the bumper, a must for heavy loads. will get a pic in the morning of my hitch to let you see it.
     
  10. rookiemower

    rookiemower LawnSite Senior Member
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    you have posted 653 times and you don't know what a class 2 type reciever is, are you joking? get a reese 2" reciever made for your truck so it can bolt on, then buy a hitch bar for that with a ball that fits your trailor toungue
     
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