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Trailer ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mowman, Oct 26, 2001.

  1. Mowman

    Mowman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    Do you guy's & gal's try to keep your trailer LEVEL? I see many LC with their trailer's unlevel some not to bad some are very steep angles. Just looks unsafe to me. Mostly on full size trucks I see this happening. On my S-10 I'm using a Class lll Hitch with a 2" Drop insert, which makes the trailer perfectly level. Is it alright to haul a trailer that is that UNLEVEL? Just would like to know what everyone else thinks about this.

  2. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    unlevel is unsafe,

    *harder to stop if the trailer has no brakes

    * handles worst

    *unstable load

    * tends to swerve when braking, if it does have brakes

    *easier to jackknife

    It is best to keep it level, whether with lift or drop hitches or load levelers on the tow vehicle

  3. mowerguys

    mowerguys LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Definently level.

    I have my trailer level behind my truck. Besides the fact that i think it looks better i agree with captdevo in that unlevel is unsafe. also if the trailer is unlevel everything would slide to the back or front when you drove depending on which way your trailer tipped

  4. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    it seems to me that if someone's trailer is at an angle to the truck so severe that it causes problems that yes indeed-de there is a problem.

    but for those with short ramps it can be the answer to a problem which is with the rear of the trailer lower, the angle of the ramp to the trailer is decreased and the mower less likely to drag.

    however, to respond to the question, my trailer is level by the use of a drop hitch insert.

  5. lawn jockey

    lawn jockey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 110

    Yes level is the best way! You dont see people pulling dozers,backhoe's or anything else unlevel is dangerous for sure!
  6. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Level Level
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Definitely level it.
  8. GreenQuest Lawn

    GreenQuest Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    Yes level. To me it looks silly not to. Not to mention the saftey concerns.
  9. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    yep. mine is level. i think it looks really bad towing around an unlevel trailer, not to mention its not safe.
  10. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    I belive 17" is the standerd toung higth for trailers. I use an 8" drop, whitch is the lowest standered hich. My 16' trailer is 2" lower in the back whitch makes it easier getting mowers on and off. I strap every thing down all the time for traveling.

    Heavy equipement trailers are in a different class and use pintal hooks.


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