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Trailer Weights

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ealbertson, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. ealbertson

    ealbertson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    I am looking at buying a new tandem axle trailer. Right now it is between one with a GVWR of 7000 pounds and one with 10000. The question I have is about gas mileage. The 10000 pound GVWR trailer weighs 850 pounds more. Does anyone know if this additional weight will reduce the gas mileage by much?


  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,898

    not with a diesel
  3. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    The only thing I would insist on is that the trailer has breaks on both axels. The extra weight will make a difference in you gas milage, but I think I would be more concerned with the stopping distance. You can't really go wrong buying a trailer that can handle a heavier load. That's just money well spent.
  4. FosterLawnscaping

    FosterLawnscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    I have a 7k rated trailer that weighs 1750 light and 2000 with my toolbox on the tongue. I can put 5000 on it. That's ok for cutting grass but If you ever want to pull a skid steer or tractor, youre pushing your luck. If you get .5 mpg less with a 10k trailer, it's worth it to be legal for a future load and safer. Yeah, I wish I would have spent a few hundred more on a 10ker. Maybe I'll upgrade this year.

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