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I need to know if my trailer is overloaded

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by swim, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    I have a skid steer that weighs about 6000 pounds and a backhoe attachment that weighs about 1500 pounds, that is the bulk of my load. I bought a used trailer and do not know the GVWR. The plate on the axles is stamped dexter p21 6000 pounds. They have six lugs and brakes on both axles. It is 16ft with a 2 foot dove tail.

    I would have assumed it was a 12000 pound trailer. The problem is that the other day I was under it adjusting the brakes and noticed that the axles have been bottoming out on the frame. The frame is only slightly dented for know, but it may get worse in a bad way.

    So I was wonder why it is bottoming out and what can I do to stop this from happening anymore?

    Thanks for the help swim.
  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    You may have 6000lb axles with 3500 lb springs. Or if the trailer has the proper size springs, then they be shot from someone else overloading in the past. Go to a trailer dealer and do some measureing of springs on trailers of your style to see if they match.
  3. swim

    swim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    I think that the springs are worn out, if that is possible. I went out and looked at it again today and noticed that the rear axle on both sides was touching the frame without anything on the trailer.

    What is the best and cheapest way to fix this? Do I need to buy new springs or is their something less expensive fix for this problem?

    Messages: 3,169

    could try add aleaf or look in the phone book might have a bunch of trailer dealers for a good deal on a spring repack.

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