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Is this good for my truck?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Petr51488, Jun 4, 2006.

  1. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    Ok.. here's the story. I own a 98 chevy silverado 1500. I use this truck mainly for work and drive my car for pleasure. The truck is usually hooked up to my 6x12 enclosed all week (easy to get up in the morning not having to worry about hooking up the trailer. it wastes a good 20 minutes in the morning) and the 8 foot bed is gradually filled with grass the whole week.. up until i go to the dump on Fridays. There's nothing i can really do about the grass, but my question is.. will it mess up my suspension by constantly having that weight on it all week?( It usually has little to no weight on weekends) It doesn't have one of them heavy duty suspensions like the HD models have. Am i better off unhooking the trailer every night and just leaving the grass in the back just to relieve it of some weight? The trailer does sag it down a bit. Will I have any long term problems if i keep this up?
  2. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Sometimes with my dump trailer I'll use the trailer jack and take some of the weight off.
  3. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    yes you can mess up your suspension.........shocks

    put the jack/landing gear down to take weight off the truck

    think of it as carrying 20lbs on your shoulder all day, you can do it but you'll get tired, then your back will begin hurting etc.......translate that to a truck if you like haha........but yeah, your shocks prob don't like you
  4. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    well i would look at it like this a new set of springs and wheel bearing for that truck would set you back a couple hundred dollars. 20 mins every day for a month would cost way more to you. leave it hooked and replace some springs in a few years
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    no no no.............leave it hooked up yes, just lower the jack down to take weight off the truck

    and if it takes you 20min to hook up/unhook a trailor you can't drive or something........if you just lower the gear you can take care of suspension problems
  6. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    You can unhitch the ball and just jack it up. In the morning, lower the jack and you are already lined up. According to your 20 minute calculation, this should only take you 10 minutes.:weightlifter: :laugh:
  7. Ron's Lawncare

    Ron's Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

  8. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Having constant weight on the rear suspension isn't going to do anything to the shocks if the truck is just sitting there.

    It will cause the leaf springs to "sag" prematurely.

    Just throw a block of wood under the trailer jack and crank it up for the night.
  9. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    The only reason why it takes me 20 minutes is because i park my trailer in the driveway, truck in the street, unload everything, unhitch it, and every morning load everything back up again. My driveway is a tight squeeze too. I've got about a foot on each side of the car port to go under. Ok, maybe not 20 minutes.. lets say a good 10-15 minutes.
  10. meathead1134

    meathead1134 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    1 foot on each side is plenty of room, I back my trailer into my garage and have 3 or 4 inches on each side, It takes practice I wish I had that much room on each side.

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