16 or 18ft +2ft beavertail for skid steer trailer??

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mrusk, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    Well i made up my mind on a skid steer trailer. I decided to buy a 18ft tag along from a local dealer. Its a 16ft trailer with a 2ft beaver tail. Do you guys think this will be ok or should i just have him order me a 18ft which would be 20 feet overall?

    I just don't want to find mindself wishing i had 2 extra feet of deck!

    The trailer is made by a company called copper river. I never heard of them before but the trailer seems very well made and the price is great too. Almost too good. Around $3500 for a 6 ton trailer. I am getting quotes from anywhere from $2500 to $6000 for a 6 ton trailer.

  2. desii

    desii LawnSite Member
    Messages: 193

    Tough call. Personally, I would recommend the 18' + 2' Beaver tail, which is what I use. This gives me enough room to place a set of forks and another bucket (sideways on a pallet) at the front of the trailer. Then I back the skid loader (LS 180) on. I'm sure you could use the 16', but you never know when you may need the extra space. Just my .02 worth.
  3. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 819

    I would go with the 20 footer. The concrete and pool contractor that I work for part time has a 18 + 2dove gooseneck from our local trailer manufacturer, Eagle Trailers i think is who it is. We have that one and a 16' bumper pull. On the goosneck we have a 100gal diesel tank at the front, can load up the 773 or T300 w/ 4-in-1, forks, or anything else. Last week we had a setup and concrete pour about 100 miles away from the shop. Loaded up the 773, put the powerscreed, floats, jetstakes, form boards, steel, everything else we might possibly need on the the trailer. We could never have dreamed of doing this on the 16 foot, even if it had the 2' dove. Bigger is Better when it comes to trailers IMO.
  4. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    I am going to order the 20 footer in the morning. It should only take 1-1.5 weeks to come in so it won't be that big of an inconvience. The skid steer gets delivered on tuesday!
  5. oldrustycars

    oldrustycars LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    we dont know how long your skid steer is, do we? if weight is a concern for your tow vehicle, two extra feet may make a difference. and make sure you remember...tongue weight should always be 10% of the gross trailer weight. thats very important.
  6. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    If I were I would get the 20ft you never know when you are going to haul another attachment too with you to the job site.
  7. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    Skid steer is like 12 feet long.

    Order the 20 footer in a hr.

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