Adding 2 ft. to open trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ashgrove landscaping, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,529

    Like it says, I'm wondering if I could add 2 feet to the end of my 6.5 x12 single axle trailer so I can fit two big ZTR's. I really only need about a foot but might as well be comfortable. Obviously it can be done but was wondering if anyone has done this and how the trailer tows etc... The axle should handle the weight no problem and the extra length of trailer behind the axle doesn't seem to be too much with the add on. So any thoughts or suggestions?
  2. eaglescout1993

    eaglescout1993 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    i have not perosnaly don it but, the crew i use to work for added a foot and half dovetale to the trailer. then attached rap to this. it worked fine. drove first mower on straight in and backed the second in so the front casters sat on the slope of the dovetail.

    it was a 1.5 ft dovetail drooped 6 or so inches from the trailer deck itself.
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,262

    It will probably be cheaper to find a used 16ft and sell what you got. A single 3500lb axle will be right at limit when all is said and done. You won't like the tow feel.
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  4. turfbuilder

    turfbuilder LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from WI
    Messages: 554

    You may be overweight for a single axle. I'd sell it and look for a tandem axel.
  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    agreed. the extra length added, plus the weight on the a$$ end of the trailer behind the axle will cause extra sway when towing.
  6. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,529

    Well... I guess that's what I was lookin for. Or I can add an axle plus add on. That cost has been calculated and would be $6-700. There's a fella in town who bulids trailers and does all kinds of welding and does it fairly cheap. He is constantly overloaded with work. He says he loves it though.
  7. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,871

    You can add the two feet , but add another axle behind the axle that's on there now. I'm not a fan of any single axle trailer. They just seem much less stable to me.
  8. ecurbthims

    ecurbthims LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 493

    any chance you could add a foot at each end?
  9. Johnagain

    Johnagain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    The axle won't handle the weight. 2 ztr's will weigh between 1100-1400 lbs so that's 2200-2800 lbs. The 12ft trailer itself will weigh 1000-1200 lbs empty. Add that up and you could have 4000lbs before you put anything else on the trailer. People often forget you have to add in the weight of the trailer to find out it's full capacity.
  10. ParkWelding

    ParkWelding LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    Its really not worth doing for your purpose. If you were looking for length and not putting much weight on, it would be easy to cut the tongue off and add the length to the front. To handle the weight you would need to budget in two complete 3500# brake axles with springs and all hardware, fenders, all wiring & breakaway. Not worth it.

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