trailer size

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bababooie, Feb 3, 2001.

  1. bababooie

    bababooie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    i have a 10ft. trailor,i'm thinking either 14.or 16ft., do the tires really get worn that fast on a 16.i would like to get dual wheels, unless its unnecessary.
  2. T-Bone

    T-Bone LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59


    I think what your asking is does a tandem axle trailer wear tires that bad. The answer is NO
  3. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    bababooie, I had a 14ft. trailer and wound up sell it 2 years later and got a 16ft. trailer. The lesson is get the biggest trailer you can afford. I noticed that the original tires seem to wear out faster than the aftermarket ones. My 16ft. is a 1999 and I just put 4 new tires on. Tire wear also depends on how you disperse the load weight. Too much weight over 1 axle will cause a set of tires to wear out faster than the other set.
  4. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    No matter what she may say...size matters!!!
    Choose wisely.
    Don't end up in group counseling over "trailer envy"!
    (the seat in the back, by the window, is mine.)
  5. lee b

    lee b LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,147

    I agree with the others get the 16'. If you don't and your business {and machinery} grows you'll have to replace a smaller trailer that much sooner. A 16' trailer ain't that big, doesn't cost much more and with dual axles will be much more useful. The dual axles make it ride much better and it won't bounce your equipment nearly as much.
  6. plow kid

    plow kid Banned
    Messages: 516

    Let me know if you want to sell that little 10 footer, ill be more then happy to buy it off of you
  7. Mid Rivers

    Mid Rivers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 209

    I just went from a 10' to a 14'. I would have went longer but due to sub-division by-laws I can't have a trailer outside, so 14' (actually 13'-6") is a long as I could fit in my garage. Get the longer one!
  8. I'd go with the 16 footer. I have seen no more wear on tires on a tandem trailer over a single. If you going to be hauling much in the way of mulch or debris from cleanups, go with the bigger trailer. Be sure to get brakes on both axles, yes it cost more but it will save the brakes on your truck, and your butt if you have to stop quick some time. Also be sure to get a breakaway control on the trailer, in case it shoud come loose from the truck while going down the road.
  9. GrassMaster

    GrassMaster Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    Hello Everybody:

    A 16 footer dual axel the way to go!

    Yes, if it is poorly made it will wear tires faster. I ran across this when I got my first 16 footer. Mine did fine, but I had others asking me about tire wear.

    LOL, most of them asking had the trailers from same manufacture. You would think they would figure it out after a while.

    I think it depends on the manufacture lining up the dual axles a certain way or it will flat out wear those tires out.

    Mine had a pivot in the center between the front & rear leaf springs. It road so smooth it was unbelieveable. The single axle trailer will actually beat your equipment to death. You could pull the dual axle over a curb & not even feel it.

    I could never drive the single over about 50 mph, without it going all over the road & yes I had plenty of weight on the tongue.

    The dual axle well I shouldn't say this, but I had it up to 85 mph one time on a open stretch of 4 lane & no traffic. It was so smooth it was unreal!

    Make sure it has good electric brakes too & do not let anybody tell you that they tear up all the time & they are no good. If properly set up you should get plenty of years on it without any maintenance. Unless you are a world traveler? LOL :)

    You take your time & set up the brakes right it will stop quicker than a unloaded truck. It don't matter about weight. Example: my trailers were made out of 2" square tubing & weighed 1 ton empty. I carried 2 Yazoos with Grass cathers on there that weighed 1800 lbs. each without cathers, 4 - 5 gal gas cans, 2 Honda Commercial 21" mowers. Way over 3 tons, probably closer to 3 1/2+ tons.

    I hauled them with 84 Chevy & I drove most of the time a 87 Chevy with Parts & Supplies in it, no trailer. We got to fussing one day on it stopping. We tried it & even switched vehicals. The 84 loaded with trailer stopped quicker than 87 with no trailer.

    You needs those brakes bad & working right because of all them fools that never pulled trailers before, that pull out in front of you all the time. Most folks percieve that a truck pulling a trailer is going slow & always pull out in front of you. Or maybe I'm just a target for lawsuits!

    Then you got those low lifes that pull out in front of you hoping that you will run into back of them. So they can pick up a quick $25,000. Yes Insurance companies now will get off of that amount in a heart beat without ever going to court. Ask me I know?

    My daughter is the Queen of rearend collision. She ran into the back of a lady a few months ago, #3 lawsuit against me since 1995 2 hers & the other one of my employees, owning your own business has it's privleges & this is just one of them. This lady my Daughter ran into has been rear ended 5 times in last 14 months, this lady seems to have a pretty good income. LOL, we pay for it & I mean all of us.

    BTW, Sorry for getting off topic, Butt I needed a couple extra paragraphs to meet my quota? LOL, :)

    If you pull trailers do your transmission & the rest of you truck a Big Favor. Buy a Spring loaded hitch reciever, they not much some El Cheapos are under $100 & if they were $500+ they worth every penny & then some. Smoother ride & saves the transmission, u-joints & rear end.

    I have more info at my website about trailers & there used to be very good info about this at I think go to support & then Safety.

    Oh, I carry $500,000 on collision on my 4 vehicles & on my home too incase someone gets hurt there. 50 to 100K on collision is nothing & you could still pay money if they want more. #2 lawsuit, I will not disclose figures butt the man totaled 1 year old Lincoln Town Car & not hurt but when he got to top of ditch, he had massive heart attach. In the next 31 days in hospital he had to get pacemaker & he had to have 9 months of daily physical theropy. How far do you think $100K coverage went? LOL, not far. Thank god I'm paranoid.

    The difference between the $100K I used to have & $500K was less than $70 every 6 months. Worth every penny. LOL, I don't even have a company vehical, Butt I'm still a target because I own a business? I'm covered now & have piece of mind!

    I do not make many post, but I try to cover all facts & I'm one of the oldest members here with fewest post. Most of the time I'm last post on the thread because I seem to take my time & explain things very well. :)
  10. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 961

    16 Footer With Brakes !

    Very good advice from Grassmaster and all above. I'm getting ready to purchase a 6 1/2 x 16 tandem, shop around the prices really vary on these trailers. I also agree its worth the few bucks to use a "spring" or cushioned reciever.
    One point not mentioned, I'm planning on rotating the tires often, because I know my load will be front heavy until I get more equipment. I rotate the tires on my truck every 6,000 miles and they are wearing great.

    [Edited by AltaLawnCare on 02-04-2001 at 11:03 AM]

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