single axle bobcat trailer

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by rosolar, Mar 25, 2005.

  1. rosolar

    rosolar LawnSite Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 172

    Is there a way to modify a single axle trailer to hold a bobcat 553(3700 lbs). The gvw of the trailer now is 3500. Can I beef up the leaf springs or tires to make it hold the weight? thanks.
  2. freddyc

    freddyc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 578

    Might be cheapest to sell that one and buy a good used one.

    Adding another axle and frame work might be more expensive, then you have to make it legal, and then the center of gravity/tongue weight might be an issue. You can pick up a good used one and not invest time also. Just my $0.02. :waving:
  3. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    Also I am pretty sure if you go over the 3500# weight rating then you have to have brakes on that axle which would cost you a couple hundred to install also.
  4. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    YES, cost effective NO!
  5. TerraFirma Excavating

    TerraFirma Excavating LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    You could beef up the axles and tires, but would still be over the design rating of the frame. If the trailer has an ID plate with the GVW, I don't know if you could get a new one to reflect any changes you make to the axle and tires.

    You are probably 1000# over weight hauling your skidsteer. The GVWR of the trailer INCLUDES the weight of the trailer. So 3500# - 800# (guess weight of trailer) = 2700# load capacity. 3700# skidsteer would be about 1000# over this.

    Is it hard to balance the load now with only one axle? Skidsteers are so heavy in the rear, depending if you load it forward or backwards, you are either running too much weight on the hitch or too light. Too little tongue weight would make the trailer sway creating a dangerous situation. Too much tongue weight could overload the the rear of the tow vehicle. This could transfer too much weight to the back of the truck and making the steering axle light, especially over bumps.

    I would recommend buying a larger tandem axle trailer for hauling your skidsteer. You could keep your current trailer and use it for smaller equipment.
  6. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    i also agree. buy a andem axle. It would be foolosh to try and use a single axle with the bobcat.

    something else that has not been mentioned is saftey. If you have a flat while traveling. The single axle will begin swaying and could VERY EASIALLY flip the bobcat off the trailer.
  7. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    TerraFirma is 100% correct, you must add the weight of the trailer when calculating GVW. Buy a double axle trailer rated for about 7,000 lbs. Might seems like too much of a trailer now, but will give you room to grow later. You should be able to buy a 16 foot 7,000 lb. trailer w/ramps for about $2500.

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